If you use social media, you must have come across certain viral messages related to adoption of COVID orphans. It is true that thousands of children have been orphaned by the second wave of COVID in India. Many of these children are likely to end up in shelter homes and orphanages. Hopefully, these children will find families and be adopted.
But if you are thinking of acting upon these social media messages about adoption, please don’t. A call to adopt certain children because they lost their parents is neither real not legit. Most of these messages are fake messages with no way to tracing the original sender. These are also not legal because nobody can give away children for adoption without the due legal process – not even a charitable institution or an orphanage.
What is the Legal Process?
Central Adoption Resource Authority – CARA is the responsible organisation for all adoptions in India. If you wish to adopt, register with Cara on their website. Fill out certain forms. Have a home study completed by a licensed social worker. Once all your documents have been approved and you are found to be financially sound, Cara may approve your application to adopt. At this stage, you are provided with information of suitable children and after a child is matched to your family, legal proceedings for adoption begin.
This is the only legit way of adopting a child in India. Any other way is illegal and may be seen as child trafficking.