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
- Submit an adoption application to Barker.
- Complete the pre-adoption group, the on-line training, and the home study.
- Complete and submit an adoption dossier for India.
- Register online with CARA. Family will then be put on waiting list for referral.
- CARA will send the files of two children to the family to consider and reserve one.
- Family will formally accept the referral of the reserved child within 30 days.
- Barker will submitting the family's acceptance paperwork to India.
- CARA issues approval of the case.
- The case enters the Indian court system.
- After court decree is issued, application will be made for the child’s passport.
- Travel to India three to five months after acceptance of the referral.
- 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.
- Return home with the child--the child becomes a U.S. citizen on entering the United States.
- 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.
- 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.