India is open for waiting children adoptions.
From application until arriving home with your child is 18 months or longer. Families adopting a child with medical needs or healthy older child over the age of 7 could complete the adoption process within 18-24 months. Families open to minor medical needs could wait several years or longer.
A waiting child can be a child age 9 months-12 years with a medical condition, sibling sets, or healthy children over the age of 7 years. Both boys and girls are available. Sibling sets may be requested but cannot be guaranteed. Families can specifically request a child with a medical or special need. Medical needs include; heart conditions, blood conditions, limb differences, vision or hearing impairments, cleft lip/palate, brain or developmental conditions, cerebral palsy.
Adoptive parents should be between 25 and 55 years of age. Adoptive parents should be a minimum of 25 years older than the child that is adopted. The combined age of parents should be no more than 90 years greater than the age of the child that is adopted, and no individual parent should be more than 50 years older than the child adopted. Parents adopting a child over the age of three may not have a combined age above 105, with no individual parent being 55 years or more older than the child adopted.
Couples should be married for a minimum of 2 years. Couples with one divorce in the past must be married a minimum of five years. Single women may adopt.
Couples with more than one divorce are not permitted to adopt from India.
Children in Home
Families with more than 3 children in the home are considered on a case by case basis.
There is no minimum income requirement, however a family’s full financial situation, including all debt, is taken into consideration for eligibility. Families must be able to show that they earn above 125% of the national poverty guidelines.
All criminal history will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Any felonies or crimes against children will disqualify families from eligibility.
Applicants must show that they are physically and mentally fit to parent a child by adoption. An examination by a physician is required as part of the Dossier building process. Major or chronic medical issues (previous or current) considered on a case by case basis. Current mental health diagnosis or medication not approved. Cancer history within the last 7 years not approved.
Travel to Country
Families will be in India between 1 – 2 weeks. This includes traveling to the city where the child’s orphanage is located as well as working with the U.S. Consulate in New Delhi.
Post adoption reports are required at 1, 6, 12, 18, and 24 months.
**Please refer to America World's
Agency Adoption Requirements
for a complete list of requirements.