India Special Needs Program
- Program opened in 2005.
- This program is open to those of Indian descent, overseas citizens of India and also non- Indians.
- Open across Canada (except Quebec).
- Applicants should be open to a child of either sex, and be open to a child 18 months+ at time of referral.
- Families who are open to healthy, older children (7+ years) and/or sibling groups will be processed through the Special Need Stream. Applicants wishing to adopt siblings must be open to children up to age 8 (minimum).
- Both parents are required to complete one trip of 2 weeks (depending on orphanage). Some provinces require two trips (Hyderabad).
- Majority of the children reside in orphanages with voluntary and professional staff.
- Both boys and girls are waiting for families.
- Children range in age from a minimum of 18 months+ at time of referral. Many older children are waiting for families in India.
- Brief child study and medical report is provided.
- Single men or women are eligible and must be over 30 and less than 45 years of age to adopt a child under 4 years old, under 50 years of age to adopt a child 4-8 years old, and under 55 to adopt a child over 8 years old.
- A single or unmarried male can only adopt a male child.
- The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents should not be less than 25 years.
- Adoptive parent’s composite age should be less than 90 years to adopt a child under 4 years of age, less than 100 years to adopt a child 4-8 years of age and less than 110 to adopt a child over 8 years old.
- Married couples must have a minimum two years stable marital relationship.
- Couples living common-law are not eligible to adopt.
- Families must maintain an adequate financial portfolio to provide a good upbringing for the child.
- Applicants should be physically, mentally and emotionally stable; financially capable; motivated to adopt a child; and should not have any life threatening medical condition.
- Both applicants must be free from criminal record.
- Completion of a home study and approval in province.
- Complete dossier, including India specific home study.
- Complete a Special Needs checklist.
- Common Special Needs Include (but are not limited to): HIV, Hepatitis B or C, Hearing impairments, Visual impairments, Missing limbs, Ambiguous genitalia, Developmental delays, Achondroplasia (dwarfism), Facial and/or limb deformities
- File notarized by The Children’s Bridge, then sent to Canadian Foreign Affairs and the India High Commission for authentication and legalization.
- Dossier is uploaded by The Children’s Bridge to the Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System (CARINGS) which is the online system of the Central Adoption Resource Authority.
- Dossier is registered and approved by CARA, which takes anywhere from 4 – 12 weeks.
- Matching is completed by your India Program Manager through the CARINGS online system.
- Family consults with Adoption Practitioner and physician and is requested to accept the proposed referral within 96 hours.
- Court hearings usually take place 4-6 months after acceptance documents are sent to India.
- Both parents are required to travel to India following the court process, and after the issuance of all travel documents and IRCC approval (approximately 6 – 10 months following a child proposal is received).
- Each adoption is processed slightly differently according to the court and province the adoption is finalized in.
- Home study completion varies (average time 3 – 6 months).
- Approval in province takes between 4 and 16 weeks.
- Family matched with a child within approximately 4 – 18 months’ years after registering with the online system CARINGS. This timeline varies greatly depending on age range and special needs the family is open to.
- After accepting a referral, court finalization takes place within approximately 4-6 months.
- Family travels to India 2-4 months after the final court hearing.
- Stay in India is approximately 2 weeks.