Q&A: Would like to adopt a child from India…need some information please!?

Question by Jess: Would like to adopt a child from India…need some information please!?
I am getting married in less than 2 months and my fiance and i are beginning to look into adoption organizations in India.

I am aware that we will not be considered for application until we’ve been married for approximately 2 years….but we’re doing the research now so when we do want to adopt, we will have a plan.

The problem we’ve been encountering is that many adoption agencies give preference to Indian families in inter-country adoptions. My fiance and I are Bosnian, and Swedish, respectively, so we’re finding it difficult to find an agency that would be willing to work with us.

If you’ve adopted from India, know someone who has, or are otherwise familiar with the process I would be very appreciative if you could share what you know.

Thanks so much for all of your help!
Just in case it comes up again; We are not adopting from India solely because we want to “help” the less fortunate. If that was our sole motivation we wpuld not be focused on any particular country and would likely adopt from the US.

The truth of the matter is that both my fiance and I traveled to India about 5 years ago and fell in love with the people, and culture.

And by the way…the United States isn’t recognized as being overpopulated. Our population density/square mile is less than virtually every developed country. But thanks for your concern.
…I should’ve clarified, we are citizens of and are living in the U.S.
To the final comment; your answer presupposes that every race is distinguishable from one another beginning at birth. Your asenine response exemplifies the epitome of American ignorance. If my husband and I were to adopt an infant from India (or any other country for that matter) we would be as qualified to raise that child as a child from Bosnia, Sweden, or the U.S.

How do you explain that so many children adopted from other nations live happy, well-adjusted lives when their parents are from a different “culture” than their own?

If you were a knowledgable human rights activist you would understand that culture is acquired, not innate, therefore a child from India could be raised as an American without any repercussions…just as an American child could be raised in India without any ill-effects or counter-culturally turmoil.

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Answer by chase r
I know its all good to try to help people, but adopting from other countries is just overpopulating the U.S, adopt in the U.S

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3 thoughts on “Q&A: Would like to adopt a child from India…need some information please!?”

  1. You are very much correct. India gives preference to Indian families. Before a child can go for international adoption if it is male it has to have been offered for adoption to at least 5 Indian families first before it can be “cleared” for foreign adoption. With girls it’s only 3 Indian families. We still have the actual court certified “clearance papers” for our daughter who came to us at 8 months old and is not 16 and a half.

    Also, you will not be able to adopt under Indian law, especially if you are Christian. You can only get legal guardianship which will allow you to remove the child from India and bring it to your home country for the purposes of adoption in accordance with your countries laws. The law as it is written in India allows for foreign Hindu’s, Jains, Sikhs and a few others to do “religious adoptions” in the country which India recognizes as legal but if you are non-religious or identify with one of the Christian denominations you cannot adopt through the Indian courts.

    Although my wife and I adopted from India, we were living there at the time (my job transfered me there from Canada for three years) so our situation was similar but from a different perspective. For us, being in India, the whole process costs us about $ 800 US… BUT, we had to have been living in the country for a year before we could start anything and we still had to go through the same home study process, immigration process and court process as anyone else.

    I can tell you, from having lived there and dealt with the system, it can be very expensive (close to if not over $ 40,000 US) and there are many agencies there who will continue to take your money but not get you any closer to being able to adopt, especially if you try to do it without going through one of the internationally accredited agencies. There are not many international adoptions that take place from there each year. Of the only 4000 or so adoptions that take place each year only about 600 +/- are international adoptions even though they have close to 11 million kids in orphanages. Yes, that reads 11 million as in 11,000,000 although some estimates I have seen have been as high as 23,000,000. Of those international adoptions only about 100 went to England, 60 to Canada and about 80 to the US.

    If you want to know more about the process, and since you didn’t mention where you are living right now, look through the site listed below. It will give you all of the official info you will need to either reconsider what you want or get started on the process IF you will be able to.

    See the “inter-country” section under the Adoption Procedures tab. If you have any questions about who we went through or any of the other agencies in India, especially in the Delhi area, feel free to contact me through my profile if you wish.

  2. Yeah, ummm, there’s a reason you’re having difficulties adopting a child from India as a Swedish/Bosnian couple – YOU’RE SWEDISH AND BOSNIAN. Hello, Captain Obvious.

    Just because you like curry and sari’s does not make you qualified to raise a child from an entirely different culture.
    If you want to parent, have your own, or adopt from US foster care.









    Just because a child is available for “adoption” in a foreign country, doesn’t make the adoption legal, or moral.

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