Hinduism, or Sanatana Dharma is both a religion and way of life. It is the third largest religion in the world at just over 1 billion adherents, and is considered to be one of the oldest religions in the world. It is most concentrated in Nepal, India, Mauritius, and other Southeast Asia and South Pacific regions. The religion is just as diverse as other major religions, with organizations intertwined deeply into the culture and local governments; some have strong hierarchy, while others have little.
Though the religion has a complex and diverse history, most Hindu beliefs surround that of a Supreme Being, the four Vedas(the world’s most ancient scriptural text), reincarnation, spiritual realms or unseen worlds, and self mastery through meditation and personal discipline. One of the more prominent beliefs held by this religion is that no one religion teaches the way to salvation above others, and that all eventually lead to God’s light.
Hindu adoption has been tricky over the years because of conflicting national interests, particularly in India. There is no official service or system for Hindu adoption or foster care; however, due to the nature of the religion, some Hindus are found working with adoption and foster care.
NOTE: Due to the complex laws and constant changes surrounding Hindu adoption in different countries in Southeast Asia and the Polynesian Islands, consult with an adoption agency or local government social service for further guidance.