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Last Updated: Friday, August 27, 2010, 23:59
  
Mumbai: The proposed guidelines for the welfare of children adopted by foreign parents contemplate that the adoptive parents should spend some time with the child in India, before he/she is taken abroad.

Bombay High Court is currently in the process of framing these guidelines.

Additional solicitor general Darius Khambata read out some of the draft guidelines during the hearing before Justice D Y Chandrachud today.

Guidelines have been proposed by Central Adoption Regulatory Authority. High Court initiated the process after a case of a 14-year-old adopted child -- who was abandoned by her foreign parents -- landed in the court.

Khambata said that guidelines contemplate that placement agencies in India should be given a longer time to look for an adoptive parent in India before sending a child in an inter-country adoption.

Further, he said, in case of children with special needs, the adoptive parents must spend at least two weeks with the child in India prior to the adoption.

Advocate Pradeep Havnur, representing NGO Sakhee, said there were instances of foreign parents abusing child after going back to their country. Havnur urged the court to make the foreign adoption agencies more accountable.

But Justice Chandrachud said this was difficult, because the child will have become citizen of another country.

"I don't see how we can exercise jurisdiction on a child who has become a citizen of another country. There is precious little we can do then," he said.

Court is expected to finalise guidelines at the hearing next week.

PTI


First Published: Friday, August 27, 2010, 23:59


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