India adoption opens for U.S. and NRI families

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We are now seeking families for children in India! We are accepting applications for:

  • Children 4 and older, especially boys, with many children older than 8 with and without special needs waiting for families
  • Children with moderate to major special needs
  • We are seeking Non-Resident Indian (NRI) families open to adopting children of all profiles, including infants and older children (4-8+) with and without special needs (NRIs must have current Indian citizenship)

The process to adopt from India generally takes 24-36 months from application to home. We work with families in all 50 states! You can learn more about our adoption programs in India, parent eligibility, fees and financial aid and more by visiting holtinternational.org/adoption.

You can also schedule a consultation with our adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe, by calling 541-687-2202 ext. 145 or emailing caitlinh@holtinernational.org. She is excited to tell you more about our adoption program in India and answer any questions you may have prior to applying.

Children waiting for adoptive families in the U.S. generally come into care after being legally relinquished or abandoned, often because of the stigma of unwed motherhood, the effects of poverty or because children have special needs. When children are not relinquished by their families, Indian authorities search extensively for his or her birth family before clearing the child for adoption. As many Indian families are now open to adopting younger children or those with minor special needs, many children are being adopted by families in India. Children waiting for adoptive families in the U.S. are generally older, and may have experienced poor nutrition or have stunted development as an impact of life in an institution.

ELIGIBILITY

  • India accepts both single and married applicants.
  • Couples must be married for at least two years before applying.
  • The minimum age difference between the youngest applicant and the child is 25.p1a1296uvrkd91crc1vac5ji5lc3
  • The maximum combined age of married adoptive parents can be up to 90 to adopt a child under 4 years old, up to 100 for a child 4-8 years old and 110 years for children 8 years or older.
  • Single adoptive parents can be up to age 45 to adopt a child under 4 years old, up to 50 for a child 4-8 years old and 55 for children 8 years or older.
  • Families can have up to three children already in their home. However, officials will closely review families with four children.
  • If one parent is a US citizen and the other has NRI status (current Indian citizenship), families can apply to adopt younger children with minor/no special needs.
  • India limits adoptions of relatives to nieces and nephews. If you meet this requirement, please contact us for a consultation.
  • See holtinternational.org/adoption/criteria.php for the most current eligibility requirements.

What special needs do you most commonly see in children waiting for families?

In general, moderate or major special needs can be a range of physical, developmental, social or emotional conditions, many of which are treatable with medication or proper medical care and access to special education resources. Some common examples of common special needs among children include albinism, blindness or deafness, Hepatitis B or HIV, epilepsy, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, autism, limb difference, severe scars or birthmarks, Clubfoot, cleft lip and palate, heart conditions, limb difference or learning disabilities. For a more complete understanding of the children in India who are waiting for families, please contact Caitlin Howe at 541-687-2202 ext. 145 or caitlinh@holtinernational.org.

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