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About The Children

There are over 600 children on India’s CARINGs site. Many with minor and/or correctable special needs.

Waiting Children are between 6 months and 16 years of age. There are four categories: no known health issues (NRI Only), physically challenged, mentally challenged, and multiple disability.

CHI requires families to be open to considering a child with minor/correctable needs. CHI will not accept applications from families hoping to adopt only healthy young babies.

NOTE: NRI/OCI families have a different process. Contact us today for details.


  • Speak with our India team for full eligibility criteria
  • At least one spouse must be a US Citizen. Our government does not allow permanent residents to adopt and then sponsor the immigrant child to enter the United States.
  • The prospective adoptive parents (PAPS) should be financially stable with the ability to comfortably support a child.
  • Single women are eligible to adopt a child of any gender. Single men shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child.
  • Couples must be married for a minimum of 2 years
  • Couples with three children shall only be considered for special needs children. The child you adopt from India must be the youngest child in your family. The minimum age difference between the child and either of the PAPS should not be less than twenty-five years.
  • The age of prospective adoptive parents as on the date of registration shall be counted for deciding the eligibility and the eligibility of prospective adoptive parents to apply for children of different age groups shall be as under – All age requirements will be emailed to you upon request.


Travel and Time Frame


Adopting from India is a one trip process lasting approximately 12 days. At this time, two states in India require families to be present in court.

Time Frame

Adopting from India will take at least a year, typically time between referral acceptance and traveling is approximately 6-9 months.


Adoption Process

  1. Apply to Children’s House International’s India Program
  2. Complete the Home Study Process with a CHI Social Worker or a Local Hague Accredited Social Worker
  3. Submit Approved Home Study to CHI
  4. Apply for I-800A Approval from USCIS and case manager will upload your approved home study to the CARA (Central Adopting Resource Authority in India). Once you are approved by CARA, you will be placed in line for a referral. At this time, you will also be eligible to be matched with a waiting child on India’s Carings Site
  5. Compile your dossier for India
  6. Receive a referral either directly from CARA or from the Carings site. Once you receive your referral, you will have two weeks to ask questions and speak to a doctor about the child’s health.
  7. Obtain Apostille seals for dossier documents
  8. Your dossier will be forwarded to the Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA) in India and your I-800 will be submitted to USCIS
  9. USCIS will issue provisional approval to the family and sent Article 5 to CARA. At this time CARA will submit you case for the CARA No Objection Certificate (NOC). Your file will then be submitted to Court.
  10. Court will grant a full and final adoption to you under the Juvenile Justice Act. Once your adoption is granted, certified copies of the court order are applied for. The SAA will apply for passport once they receive the court order.
  11. Once CHI has received confirmation that the SAA has applied for the passport, you will prepare for travel.
  12. In India, you will spend a few days in the town where your child is living to become acquainted and then travel to New Delhi for necessary visa appointments and apply for the exit permit.
  13. After the embassy issues the child’s visa and the exit permit is issued, the family is allowed to travel home!

To view India program fees and other costs, click here.