Adoption under religions other than Hindu adoption also falls under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.


This explainer discusses the procedure for adoption in India. The main law on adoption for non-religious adoption (that is, outside of Hindi law) is the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. For adoption under Hindu law, we refer to the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956 (referred to as “Hindu law”).


What are the main authorities that regulate adoption in India?

If I live in Delhi, can I adopt a child from Gujarat?

How long does it take to adopt a child in India?

Can same sex couples adopt in India?

How is it decided who gets to adopt a child first, if multiple people have applied for adoption?

What is a home study report?

What is the difference between adoption and guardianship?

Adoptive parent provide the child nothing with care