India Adoption Alert

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Notice: India Opens Online Registration for Overseas Citizen of India Prospective Adoptive Parents Seeking Referral of Non-Special Needs Child (March 6, 2014)

This is an update to our notice dated February 6, 2014, announcing that India opened online registration for Non-resident Indian prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt Indian children not classified as special needs (see CARA’s January 1, 2014, announcement)


CARA informed the U.S. Central Authority that effective March 3, 2014, CARA will accept online registration from Enlisted Foreign Adoption Agencies (EFAAs) on behalf of individuals who have Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status for this expanded group of eligible children (See CARA’s February 28, 2014, announcement). CARA will accept 50 registrations per month worldwide for non-special needs children on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, CARA is not considering online registration for prospective adoptive parents of Indian origin who have Person of Indian Origin (PIO) status. There is no limitation on the number of registrations for children with special needs.

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Notice: India Opens Online Registration for Non-Resident Indian Prospective Adoptive Parents Seeking Referral of Non-Special Needs Child (February 6, 2014)

This is an update to our notice dated November 30, 2012, announcing a temporary suspension on the acceptance of new intercountry adoption applications by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) and our notice dated March 28, 2013, announcing the partial lifting of the suspension for children classified by CARA as special needs.


CARA informed the U.S. Central Authority that effective February 3, 2014, Indian passport holders may register to adopt Indian children not classified as special needs (see CARA's January 1, 2014, announcement). CARA will accept online registration from Enlisted Foreign Adoption Agencies (EFAAs) on behalf of non-resident Indians (NRIs) for this expanded group of eligible children. CARA will accept 50 registrations from Indian passport holders per month worldwide for non-special needs children on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, CARA is not considering online registration for prospective adoptive parents of Indian origin who hold Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or Person of Indian Origin (PIO) cards. There is no limitation on the number of registrations for children with special needs.

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Notice: Informing the Government of India When an Adopted Indian Child Acquires U.S. Citizenship (December 3, 1013)

Reminder to Notify CARA When Child Adopted from India Acquires U.S. Citizenship


The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) has requested the Department of State's assistance in reminding U.S. adoption service providers with India programs of their obligation to inform CARA when a child adopted from India acquires U.S. citizenship.


CARA is concerned about the citizenship status of children who entered the United States with IR-4 and IH-4 immigrant visas, based on a guardianship order issued by an Indian court, with the intent to complete an adoption in the prospective adoptive parents' state of residence.


An adopted child who entered the United States with an IR-4 immigrant visa prior to February 27, 2001, and was adopted in a U.S. state court but did not obtain a Certificate of Citizenship from the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, may still be a lawful permanent resident of the United States.


Non-U.S. citizens may face difficulty obtaining educational scholarships, qualifying for certain jobs, and enjoying other rights and privileges of citizenship. A lawful permanent resident might also be subject to removal from the United States if convicted of certain crimes or if other grounds of removal apply. For more information, please see After Your Child Enters the United States.


Acquisition of U.S. citizenship under the Child Citizenship Act (CCA) might affect the child's Indian citizenship rights. Under Indian law, the child might be required to surrender his or her passport and could be subject to penalties for failure to do so. Under Indian law, prior to obtaining any Indian consular services such as an Indian visa, the child might also be required to renounce his or her Indian citizenship. Please contact the nearest Indian embassy or consulate for details. Please refer to the Indian Embassy website for contact information.


Source: U.S. Department of State India Adoption Alert

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