SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - INDIA
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CHILDREN ADOPTED FROM INDIA
Before the Adoption
In India, extreme poverty and the stigma of unwed motherhood often force young women to abandon their children at birth. Many of the babies and children in Indian orphanages are abandoned by parents who are unable to provide for them. There are many older children in desperate need of adoption as well as infants. Many children who grow up in orphanages would face a life on the streets without job skills, family, or status in Indian society. International adoption, when no family within India is found, is their best hope.
Abandoned or relinquished children in India are most often cared for in an orphanage. They are rarely placed in foster care. Typically, little is known about birth parents, birth history, or health history prior to admission to an orphanage. Although material goods may be sparse, it is the personal interaction between caregiver and child that sets India apart as a country from which children are typically well-adjusted and emotionally healthy. Children are held in very high esteem in the Indian culture and this carries over to the care they receive. Orphanage health records are very reliable and the health care provided by the orphanage and local hospitals is excellent. Although many children enter the orphanage in less than optimum health, they tend to do well in the orphanage and thrive once they are home with their families.
After the Adoption
The actual adoption of the child will take place in the U.S., according to the laws of the state in which you reside. Each state has its own laws governing adoption of children. Your adoption agency or local child welfare bureau can help you with this final step.