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We support a significant and growing number of parents pursuing or interested in pursuing adoption from India. There are currently dozens of referrals from India for Irish families.

These Parents:

  • Wish to effect entirely ethical adoptions, which are in the best interests of the children involved, and with full respect for his or her fundamental rights at every stage of the process.  
  • India is a Hague Compliant country, it has recently revised its adoption guidelines to make them more child centered.  India will very shortly begin accepting new applications from abroad from prospective adoptive parents.
  • Are wading through treacle – although quite comprehensive information has been provided by India’s Central Authority on CARA’s website, our collective experience tells us there is an urgent need for a clear working arrangement between the two central authorities.
  • Believe there is a strong and pressing need to improve the level of understanding and the relationship between the Central Authorities in Ireland and India in order to facilitate the completion of our adoptions and secure a path for future referrals which will allow Irish families to continue to provide loving homes to those children in India who need one.

We appreciate the work carried out by the Adoption Authority, with limited resources to ensure ethical and safe intercountry adoption practices. We also appreciate the efforts made by authority staff who take so many calls and queries daily. 

At the same time, we must express our concern and our sheer frustration that there is no clear process in place here in Ireland for prospective adoptive parents hoping to adopt from India through the Adoption Authority of Ireland. Strong working relationships between central authorities and clear working arrangements after all must be the best way to secure safe practices rather than leaving parents to figure it out for themselves.

We call on the Adoption Authority of Ireland to contact and/or visit CARA in India as a matter of urgency, and to establish a clear process for Irish applicants to follow so that applications and adoptions can progress



Ireland India Support Group


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