The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) has issued the following guidelines for adoption during the pandemic1:
Guidelines regarding children:
Avoid unwarranted physical contact with the child. Only primary caregivers should interact with the child while maintaining due precautions.
Coordinate the social investigation of the child over phone and emails, with only essential physical visits (if required).
Follow up on police reports through phone calls and emails.
Restrict visits to the Child Welfare Committee, and prefer virtual interactions.
Do not use social media platforms for declaring a child legally free for adoption. Communicate orders passed by the State governments or the State Adoption Resource Authority immediately to the designated recipient through emails.
Guidelines regarding parents:
Relax the timing for preparing the Home Study Report 1 month to 3 months. The social worker must conduct at least one physical visit for the Prospective Adoptive Parents’ (PAPs) home study report. However, most of the counselling and meetings will be done online.
Specialised Adoption Agencies should use the digital medical examination report module for completing the medical examination of children.
All information about the child for referral of the PAPs should be uploaded immediately on the CARINGS database. The Specialised Adoption Agency must immediately answer any queries asked by the PAPs.
Juvenile Justice Courts must try to fast track adoption cases, and to conduct the hearings online through video conferencing.
If you want to adopt or to know more information on the legal adoption procedure, read the Nyaaya explainer on ‘Adoption’.
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