- All adoptions in India are required to follow the guidelines issued by the Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), set up by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India. Karnaprayag strictly and scrupulously follows CARA guidelines. The CARA website details the procedures and criteria involved.
- At Karnaprayag we require that prospective parents make a written application in a prescribed format. Once the application is registered, one of our social workers will meet with the family, to counsel them and validate the application. One of our social workers will visit the parents at home and make a written homestudy on the home and the extended family environment. The validated application and the homestudy are placed before the Managing Committee who approve the couple for adoption and also select a child for the couple based on compatibility in terms of physical appearance, temperament etc.
- Now the adoptive parents get to see the baby chosen for them.
- If the parents wish to go ahead with the adoption after spending time with the child, they can arrange for their own physician to see the child. Any further medical tests required by the parent's physician if approved by the Karnaprayag medical team, will be organized. If all goes well, the child will be released in fostercare to the parents for a period of three months. While the child is in fostercare, there will be periodic checks by social workers from karnaprayag and from the government social welfare department . If the period in fostercare is completed without problems, then the legal adoption is processed.
When the social worker brought Sumitra from an upcountry Government hospital we knew why her parents had abandoned her at birth. She had a cleft lip and a cleft palate, she could not suck from a bottle and we had to feed her milk drop by drop, by hand.more...