India Adoption: The country of India, the largest region of the Indian Subcontinent, extends from the Himalayan Mountains in the north and south into the tropical reaches of the Indian Ocean. It’s the most populous democratic country in the world (over 12 billion people) and certainly one of the most interesting. From Indian foods to modes of transportation to colorful clothing, and animals competing with autos on the roadways, India offers a unique perspective on life and the world. India consists of 29 states and New Delhi is the capitol.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Our India program began in Missouri with Love Basket Adoptions in the early 1980’s. Love Basket merged with Nightlight in 2015 and brought this wonderful program with them. We work directly with CARA (Central Adoption Resource Authority). We have a long history of successful placements through our India program. Through the years, this program has remained a consistent source of children for the adoptive families we serve.
Children of all ages are available for adoption from India. More females and children over the age of 2 years tend to be available. Sibling groups and children with varying degrees of special needs are also available. In most cases, we see vast improvements in children with special needs once they are receiving proper medical care and living in a healthy environment.
ELIGIBILITY TO ADOPT
- Complete all Nightlight application paperwork and a Hague adoption home study.
- Prepare an I-800A application and be granted approval by the United State Citizenship & Immigration Service (USCIS). In the most basic terms, this process grants a pre-approval for you to bring an orphaned child into the U.S. as a citizen.
- Gather documents which will go through a certification and authentication process to become your dossier. (We will help you through the certification and authentication process.) This step can be worked on concurrently with the Home Study.
- Once your dossier is submitted to India, be matched by India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) with a child meeting your preferences outlined in the Home Study. Have the child’s medical and social information reviewed by a medical professional and, once you are committed, formally accept the child with CARA.
- Prepare an I-800 application and be granted approval by USCIS. This process grants approval for the adoption to move forward and gives permission for the child to immigrate into the U.S. with your as their sponsor.
- Send CARA and/or the orphanage documents as requested for court processing. Upon completion of court processing, the child’s passport will be issued.
- Apply for a six month multiple entry tourist visa for India.
- Travel to India. You will pick up your child from their orphanage and travel to the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi for your medical/visa appointment to obtain an immigrant visa for your child to enter the United States. This trip takes an average of 7-10 days. Note that some states do require a longer in country stay.
- Bring your child home from India!
- Complete post adoption reports as required by CARA
The total number and interval of post adoption reports/visits can vary by state in India but will be specified on your India court order. The most common is a total of 6 reports according to the following schedule: 1 month, 3 months, 6 months, 12 months, 18 months and 24 months from U.S. arrival. Nightlight will send these social worker reports, along with photos and citizenship information to the orphanage and CARA.
The program fee for India is approx. $15,000. Your additional costs will include home study, USCIS approval, notary & apostille fees, airfare, hotel, in country guide, and embassy fees as shown on the fee schedule. Your out-of-pocket expenses may further be reduced if you receive scholarships, grants or employer-provided adoption benefits. For additional fee information please see Exhibit A. Please call or e-mail Stephanie Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 636-797-4100 with any questions.
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