On August 1, 2015, the Indian Central Authority made changes to its adoption system to make it a smoother process and more transparent. Since the 2011 Indian adoption guidelines, there has been slow progress in finding families for children, so the Indian Central Authority has decided to make changes so that more children can find families more quickly.
Dillon International has been placing children from India since the 1980s. Dillon’s adoption program from India had been put on hold, but we are very happy to have begun accepting families into the program again in 2013.
Children still become available for adoption in India primarily because of the extreme economic disadvantages of their birth family or the social stigma of single parenthood.
Children available for adoption reside in orphanages throughout India and have a broad range of special needs. Common needs include missing an eye or ear, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, ADHD, atrial septal defect (a repairable heart condition), cleft lip/palate, and kidney problems. Children younger than 3 typically have more serious conditions.
Parents’ Ages (if married)
Parent’s Age (if single)
For families from India: Families with NRI status, which means that one spouse is a US citizen and the other spouse obtains a valid Indian passport, will have their adoptions treated on-par with a domestic Indian adoption.
Length of Marriage
Children in Family Prior to Adoption
Want to see how this compares to other countries’ requirements? Look at our country comparison chart.
Learn even more in the Adoption Guide.