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The Barker Adoption Foundation has worked in India for more than 30 years.

Over the years, Barker has established a strong partnership with the Indian government’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) and with a number of orphanages. Barker’s in-country staff members have a long history of working with international adoption in India and are passionate about helping children. NOTE: At least one parent needs to have US citizenship.

Adoptive-Parent Eligibility Guidelines of CARA

  • Preference is given to Indian passport holders (NRI).
  • Overseas Citizens of India and couples of non-Indian descent may be looking at adopting toddler to older children, school-age sibling groups, or children with special needs.
  • Couples must have had a stable marital relationship for a minimum of two years.
  • A married couple’s combined age should not exceed 90 to adopt a child up to 4 years of age (45 for single parents). Married couples with a combined age of up to 100 years can adopt a child from 4-8 years old (50 for singles), and couples with a combined age of up to110 years can adopt a child older than age 8 (55 for singles). Note that "combined age" counts total years, months and days.
  • There must be an age difference of 25 years or more between adoptive parents and the child. 
  • There should be no more than 2 children already in the home.

Circumstances of Children in Need of Adoptive Families

  • Older infants, toddlers, and young children with minor to significant medical needs
  • Older children, including sibling groups*

Process & Timeline

  1. Submit an adoption application to Barker.
  2. Complete the pre-adoption group, the on-line training, and the home study
  3. Complete and submit an adoption dossier for India.
  4. Register online with CARA. Family will then be put on waiting list for referral.
  5. CARA will send the files of two children to the family to consider and reserve one.
  6. Family will formally accept the referral of the reserved child within 30 days.
  7. Barker will submitting the family's acceptance paperwork to India.
  8. CARA issues approval of the case.
  9. The case enters the Indian court system.
  10. After court decree is issued, application will be made for the child’s passport.
  11. Travel to India three to five months after acceptance of the referral.
  12. Remain in India for about five to ten days. At least one parent must travel, but Barker strongly recommends that both parents make the trip.
  13. Return home with the child--the child becomes a U.S. citizen on entering the United States.
  14. Welcome your child home, and begin the post-placement reporting period. Typically India requires quarterly reports for the first year and semiannual reports for second year after placement; however,  some courts may require additional reports.
  15. The final adoption decree is usually granted  in India. When this happens, the child becomes a U.S. citizen at time of arrival in the United States. Send Barker a copy of your child’s Certificate of Citizenship when received. 

* Barker is currently only placing children under seven years of age through our international programs. Exceptions may be considered on a case-by-case basis.