Website launched to make adoption process more transparent

Last Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 21:45

New Delhi: Central Adoption Resource
Agency (CARA) today launched a web-based information
management system which will link all adoption agencies across
the country to make the process of adopting children more
transparent.

The website "Carings" will be monitored online by CARA
and also provide a national database to enable policy making
in this regard.

Launching the website here, Minister for Women and
Child Development Krishna Tirath said, prospective parents can
access a list of adoptive children, their health status, their
photographs and even the condition in which they were given up
for adoption.
Similarly, there would be a separate list of
prospective parents, a waiting list and the status of their
application. The website would also provide registration,
status tracking and matching of child and parent
compatibility.

CARA would take quarterly reports on the child. If the
report is delayed it would be followed up with the foreign
agencies responsible.
"It will make a big difference to the adoption process
in the country," Tirath said, adding the website was
facilitated as the Ministry was getting a lot of complaints
regarding the process of adoption from people across the
country.

The ministry added that the guidelines are being
amended to protect adopted children.

All the dossiers of foreign parents would be screened
at the CARA.

So far, out of the total 326 adoption agencies across
the country, 172 have registered with "Carings". As of now,
164 are left, which are on way to signing the Memorandums of
Understandings (MoU).

A senior CARA official said that the fees for both
domestic and foreign adoptions are also being revised. While,
for domestic adoptions, the fees would be increased from Rs
25,000 to 45,000, for foreign adoption the jump would be from
USD 3,500 to USD 5,000.

The government under the Integrated Child Protection
Scheme (ICPS) is also setting up state agencies to coordinate
with CARA.

"So far except Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman and
Nicobar Islands, all other states have signed MoUs for the
purpose," Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development
D K Sikri said.

In the last year, a total of 5,693 children were
adopted inside the country, while 593 were adopted by foreign
parents.

PTI



First Published: Monday, February 14, 2011 - 21:45

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