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Who can Adopt

 

As per Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act 2000 as amended from time to time , the court may allow a child to be given in adoption -

  1. to a person irrespective of marital status; or
  2. to parents to adopt a child of the same sex irrespective of the number of living biological sons or daughters, or
  3. to a childless couple

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

  1. No child may be given in adoption to a couple unless they have at least two years of stable marital relationship
  2. Couples in live-in relationship are not eligible to adopt a child
  3. To adopt a child in the age group of 0-3 years, the maximum composite age of the PAPs should be 90 years wherein the individual age of the PAPs should not be less than 25 years and more than 50 years
  4. To adopt children above three years of age, the maximum composite age of the PAPs should be 105 years wherein the individual age of the PAPs should not be less than 25 years and more than 55 years
  5. In case, a single PAP desires to adopt, he or she should not be less than 30 years of age and shall not be above the age of 50 years. The maximum age shall be 45 years to adopt children in the age group of 0-3 years and 50 years for adopting children above 3 years
  6. The PAPs should have adequate financial resources to provide a good upbringing to the child. The PAPs should have good health and should not be suffering from any contagious or terminal disease or any such mental or physical condition, which may prevent them from taking care of the child
  7. Adoption of a second child is permissible only when the legal adoption of the first child has been finalized but this is not applicable in case of siblings
  8. An un-married or single male person is not permitted to adopt a girl child.

 

 

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