Working women may soon get eight months' maternity leave
Working women may soon get eight months' maternity leave

If Women and Child Development (WCD) Minister Maneka Gandhi has her way, then the maternity leave for working women will be increased from the existing three to eight months.

Centre urges states to achieve target of 20,000 adoptions

Women and Child Development Ministry on Tuesday came down heavily on state governments for going slow on adoption cases and urged them to achieve a target of 20,000 adoptions by next year.

This country adopts most Indian orphans

The US adopts most number of Indian children from various orphanages across the country, followed by Italy and Spain, the government said on Friday.

Simon Cowell considers adoption
Simon Cowell considers adoption

 Music mogul Simon Cowell and his partner Lauren Silverman are considering adopting a child.

Govt liberalises policy for adoption by foreign couples

In a bid to simplify adoptions by foreign nationals in India, the External Affairs Ministry has asked all its passport department offices to accept the date of birth of the child mentioned in the court order and not insist for a birth certificate.

Govt liberalises policy for adoption by foreign couples

 In a bid to simplify adoptions by foreign nationals in India, the External Affairs Ministry has asked all its passport department offices to accept the date of birth of the child mentioned in the court order and not insist for a birth certificate.

Cate Blanchett opens up about adopting daughter Edith
Cate Blanchett opens up about adopting daughter Edith

 Cate Blanchett has opened up for the first time about her daughter Edith Vivian Patricia Upton and why she decided to adopt a baby girl.

Taiwan lesbian fights court over baby rights

A lesbian in Taiwan who was told that she could not adopt the children she parents with her partner because it would have a "negative impact" on them will appeal the landmark case, she said on Friday.

Adoption guidelines to be simplified

Current adoption guidelines would be simplified and delay in adoption process minimised to encourage more adoptions, the Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.

Parl panel rejects plan for inter-country adoption of orphans

A Parliamentary panel has shot down a proposal for inter-country adoption of orphans, asserting that such an option may be resorted to only when there is a problem finding suitable prospective adoptive parents within the country.

Adoptions have declined due to delays in process: Govt

Adoptions in the country have declined over the past three years, the government on Friday said and attributed it to delays at different stages in the process.

Colombia court puts restrictions on adoptions by gays

Colombia`s Constitutional Court on put stringent limits on adoption by gay couples, saying it would be allowed only if one partner is already the child`s biological parent.

Chile priest who took babies for adoption will not be prosecuted

A Catholic priest in Chile who was instrumental in taking babies from their mothers for adoption by others in the 1970s and 1980s will not face prosecution, after a court ruled that too much time had passed since the events in question.

Australia simplifies overseas child adoption

Australia said on Sunday it was simplifying the process of adopting children from overseas, setting up a single body to manage applications while working on new arrangements with the United States, Poland and Vietnam.

Portuguese Parliament votes against gay couples adopting

Portugal`s parliament on Thursday rejected draft laws to allow gay couples to adopt children, despite a strong vote in favour by the left-wing Socialists which left the margin smaller than ever.

Inter-country adoptions: Delhi HC expresses concern over lack of guidelines

 The Delhi High Court on Friday expressed its concern over lack of guidelines concerning inter-country adoptions where biological parents are directly giving their child for adoption.

Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna: Gujarat MPs adopt 'developed' villages

The choice of some villages adopted by MPs in Gujarat under the Prime Minister's 'Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojna' has invited criticism from Congress which claimed that they were already developed, a charge refuted by the MPs.

Vietnam, US restart adoptions after six-year ban

American parents will be allowed to adopt Vietnamese children again, authorities said Tuesday, ending a six-year ban imposed after allegations of baby-selling and fraud but with new restrictions.

Girls top adoption preference among foreign couples

Foreign couples adopting Indian children prefer girls to boys, the Women and Child Development Ministry`s data has revealed.