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Fees for the India Program

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.



Cartwrightfamily-groupParents’ Ages (if married)

  • 25–55 years of age for heterosexual married couples
  • For child up to 4 years old, composite age of parents should a maximum of 90.
  • For child 4 to 8 years old, composite age should be no more than 100 years.
  • For child 8 to 18, composite age should be no more than 110 years.


Parent’s Age (if single)

  • 30-55, case by case
  • Maximum age of 45 for a child 4 or younger
  • Maximum age of 50 for child 4 to 8
  • Maximum age of 55 for child 8 to 18
  • Single males may not adopt a female child.

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

  • Couples married at least 2 years for first marriage and 3 years for a second marriage

Children in Family Prior to Adoption

  • No more than 4 children


  • All 50 states

Psychological Evaluation

  • Not required

Child’s Gender

  • Families may choose the gender of their child.


  • 1 or 2 trips, 7-10 days each


  • 3 post-placement reports due at 1, 3, 6 months
  • Family reports due at 12, 18, 24 and 30 months


  • Application: 2-3 months
  • Home study: 2-3 months
  • USCIS and dossier: 2-3 months
  • Referral: 1-18+
  • Child’s arrival: 9-18 months
  • Total timeframe: 16-45+ months

Want to see how this compares to other countries’ requirements? Look at our country comparison chart.

Learn even more in the Adoption Guide.


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