India Adoption Program

Dillon International began placing children from India with U.S. families in 1986. Children become available for adoption in India primarily because of the extreme economic disadvantages of their birth families and the social stigma of single parenthood.


For Indian Heritage families: Families with Non-Resident Indian (NRI) status will have their adoption treated on-par with a domestic Indian adoption. NRI means one spouse needs to be a U.S. citizen and the other spouse needs to be an Indian citizen with a valid Indian passport

Waiting Child Photo Listing

Currently we have children who have been identified as being available for international adoption.

Schedule a Consultation

When deciding if adoption is right for your family, we understand there are a lot of questions.  Schedule a time to talk to one of our adoption professionals.

Free Online Adoption Application

Start your adoption journey today!  Dillon's application one is completely FREE.

Country Comparison


We understand that trying to choose a program that best fits your family can be overwhelming.  We have created a country comparison chart to help you see all the programs at one time.  We also have the option to start the adoption program without selecting a country program.  

Frequently asked questions

Who are the children available for adoption?

• Boys and girls from 2-15 years old at time of placement
• Children younger than 3 years old typically have more serious medical and/or developmental needs.

Can I select my child's gender?

Yes! Families may select gender preference for their child. Due to most families prefering a girl, families open to a boy will usually be matched with a child faster.

Can single applicants adopt?

Yes! India allows for single heterosexual parents to adopt on a case by case basis.

What are the family requirements to adopt from India?

Parents’ Ages

  • 25–55 years of age for heterosexual married couples
  • 29.5-55 years of age for single heterosexual women and men (considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Single male applicants may only adopt a male child.
  • No less than 25 years age difference between parents and child
Age Restrictions at Time Dossier is Registered with CARA (India Central Authority)
  • For a child up to age 4 years old, composite age of married couple must be 90 or less and maximum age of 45 for single
  • For a child age 4 to 8 years old, composite age of married couple must be 100 or less and maximum age of 50 for single
  • For a child age 8 to 15 years old, composite age of married couple must be 110 or less and maximum age of 55 for single
Length of Marriage
  • At least 2 years for first marriage
  • At least 2.5 years if second marriage for either spouse
Children in Family Prior to Adoption
  • For NRI families, no more than 2 children
  • If adopting a child with special needs, no more than 5 children. Larger families will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • All 50 states
Psychological Evaluation
  • Required for each parent
  • At discretion of CARA, may be required for other adult members of the household.
  • Minimum annual income of $30,000
  • Both parents must travel and make one trip of 10-14 days.
  • A second trip may be necessary if required by the region.

What does a typical India program adoption timeline look like?

Estimated timeframes are based on Dillon's current experience and can change during the process.

  • 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

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