India

The India program is open to British Columbia families only.

Canada and India have both signed the Hague Convention of 29 May 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention) which protects children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad.

Requirements

  • Descent:

Priority is given to adoptive applicants of Indian descent; however, non-Indian applicants are also eligible.

  • Marriage:

Couples must have been married for 2 years.

Couples who have been in a common-law relationship for 5 years, and single applicants (never married, widowed, divorced) are also eligible.

  • Age:

Couples wishing to adopt a child under the age of three years must be between 25 and 50 years of age, with a maximum combined age of 90 years. Couples wishing to adopt a child over the age of three years must be between 25 and 55 years of age, with a maximum combined age of 105 years. Single applicants wishing to adopt a child under the age of three years must be between 30 and 45 years of age. Single applicants wishing to adopt a child over the age of three years must be between 30 and 50 years of age.

  • Psychological Assessment:

On the basis of an approved home study, applicants are required by the India Adoption Authority CARA to complete a psychological assessment completed by a qualified psychologist for their dossier. Details will be provided by the India Program Social Worker when clients register in the India Program.

  • Other:

Applicants must be healthy, without serious physical or emotional disabilities that could affect parenting. The applicants must have a reasonable income to support a child, as well as a minimum of high school education. Applicants can not have a criminal record.

The Children

Most children are between the ages of newborn to 12 years of age. They live in orphanages and are in need of families as a result of poverty. Boys and girls are available. Siblings/twins/triplets cannot be separated.

The Process

Once an application is received and the home study is approved, CHOICES will assist in completing your paperwork and preparing the dossier for India. In collaboration with our in-country representative, we will guide and assist you through all phases of the adoption process while ensuring all requirements met both in Canada and in India.

More information on the adoption process can be found here.

Please contact us for more information.