02 July 2019


Ban on adoption by live-in partners lifted

By Aspire IAS

Ban on adoption by live-in partners lifted

Theme: Child Adoption Regulations

In news:

  • Individuals in a live-in relationship will once again be able to adopt Children from and within India after the country's nodal adoption agency decided to withdraw a circular issued earlier this year disallowing them from doing so.
  • The child Adoption Regulation Authority (CARA), in an earlier circular, barred applicants in a live-in relationship from adopting a child on the ground that "the authority would like the children to be placed only only with a stablefamily and individuals in a live-in relationship cannot be considered as stable family.
  • CARA has decided to withdraw the circular and applications from prospective adoptive parents will be examined on a case-by-case basis.
  • The decision will benefit both domestic and international applicants.


  • Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
  • It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions.
  • CARA is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, 1993, ratified by Government of India in 2003.
  • CARA primarily deals with adoption of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through its associated /recognised adoption agencies.

Eligibility Criteria under Adoption Regulations, 2017:

  • The eligibility criteria under Adoption Regulations, 2017, permit single women to adopt a child of any gender, while single men can adopt only boys.
  • When a married couple seeks to adopt a child, it needs to give its consent for adoption and should be stable marriage for atleast two years.
  • Applicants have to be physically, mentally, and financially stable to raise a child.