How To Help Orphans In India
Conditions for India’s millions of orphans are notoriously difficult. But, despite the large numbers of orphans in need of homes, adoption rates in India are falling. You can help orphans in India by donating to a reputable charity or volunteering with a humanitarian organization. If you have the time and resources, you might consider adopting an orphaned child from India.
Donating to Charity
Search for charities helping orphans in India
Research potential charities to learn if they are reputable
Donate money rather than goods, if you can
Use caution when donating directly to orphanages
Ask others to get involved
Volunteering with Humanitarian Organizations
Ask about volunteer opportunities with your favorite charity
Search for volunteer abroad programs in India
Research potential volunteer organizations before you sign up
Volunteering abroad is a major investment of time and money. Take time to research any organizations you plan to get involved with. Do a web search for reviews, ratings, and testimonials from people who have volunteered with them.
Check with your Indian embassy or consulate for visa requirements
If you are not already located in India, you will probably need a visa in order to do volunteer work there. In most cases, a tourist visa is sufficient for doing this kind of work. Contact your Indian embassy or consulate to find out how to apply for a visa.
Research safety concerns before your trip
Visit your healthcare provider to discuss health concerns
Create a detailed budget for your trip
Raise funds for your trip, if you need financial help
Volunteering abroad can get expensive. You will need to cover the costs of air travel, insurance, medications, travel supplies, and any fees associated with your program. If you work and can’t get paid time off, you may need to make up for lost income, as well. Reach out to friends and family for help, or set up an online fundraising campaign to support your trip.Give potential donors as much information as possible about what you will be doing.
Adopting an Orphan from India
Check that you meet India’s requirements for adoption
Adopting a child from India is a complex process, but you’ll need to meet the requirements to successfully adopt. For example, you must:
- Meet the age requirement, which varies based on your marital status and the age of the child.
- Demonstrate your financial, emotional, and physical capabilities to India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority.
- Meet any applicable marital requirements.
- Have no more than 3 other children.
Meet your own country’s adoption requirements
If you do not live in India, you must meet the requirements for adoption in your own country as well as in India. Research adoption laws in your country to find out if you satisfy all the criteria. Complete any required procedures and paperwork to meet the basic qualifications for adoption in your country before you attempt to begin an international adoption process.
Connect with an accredited Adoption Service Provider (ASP)
In order to adopt a child from India, you must work with an Adoption Service Provider that has been approved by India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA).
Work with your ASP to apply for adoption with CARA
Once you have completed any required paperwork and procedures with your ASP, they will submit an adoption dossier to CARA for approval. Your dossier may include:
Let your ASP know that you are interested in adopting an orphan
Tell them about any other preferences you have with regard to your adoptive child. India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority makes every effort to place orphaned children with adoptive families in India before declaring them eligible for international adoption.
Receive a referral from CARA
If CARA approves your dossier, they will send a referral with information about 1 or more children who match your criteria. Once you receive a referral, you have 96 hours to respond and let your ASP know that you are interested in the prospective child(ren).
Apply for provisional immigration status for your adoptive child
Once you have decided to accept a referral, the government of your country of residence must agree to allow you to proceed with the adoption.Once you receive approval for the adoption and for provisional immigration status, you can proceed with filing for an immigrant visa for your adoptive child.
Finalize your adoption in India
You can only adopt or take legal custody of your adoptive child after you have gotten approval for the child to immigrate to your country. Coordinate with your ASP to complete the adoption process, which may involve:
Bring your child home
- Once you have formally adopted your child, it is time to bring them home. In addition to getting an immigration visa, you will need to coordinate with your Specialized Adoption Agency (SAA) in India to obtain a birth certificate and Indian passport for your child.