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About Central Adoption Resource Authority

The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is an Autonomous Body under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India. Its mandate is to find a loving and caring family for every orphan/destitute/surrendered child in the country. The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) was initially set up in 1990 under the aegis of the Ministry of Welfare in pursuance of Cabinet decision dated 9.5.1990. Pursuant to a decision of the Union Cabinet dt: 2nd July 1998, the then Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment conferred the autonomous status on CARA w.e.f. 18.3.1999 by registering it as a Society under the Societies Registration Act, 1860. It was designated as Central Authority by the Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment on 17.7.2003 for the implementation of the Hague Convention on Protection of Children & Cooperation in respect of Inter-country Adoption (1993). The Ministry of Women & Child Development has of late been mandated to look after the subject matters ‘Adoption’ & ‘Juvenile Justice (Care & Protection of Children) Act, 2000’ pursuant to 16th Feb. 2006 notification of Govt. of India regarding reallocation of the business.


In-country Adoption of Indian children is governed by In-country Guidelines-2004 while Inter-country Adoption procedure is governed by a set of Guidelines last issued on 14th February’2006. These Guidelines are a follow up of various directions given by the Supreme Court of India in L.K. Pandey Vs. Union of India (WP No 1171 of 1982 and other cases). These Guidelines are amended and updated from time to time keeping in mind the welfare of such child. While CARA is engaged in clearing inter-country adoption of Indian children, its principal aim is to promote in-country adoption. In fact, CARA ensures that no Indian child is given for inter-country adoption without him/her having been considered by Indian families residing in India. CARA also provides financial assistance to various NGOs and Government run Homes to promote quality child care to such children and place them in domestic adoption.


Smt. Krishna Tirath, Honourable Minister has a vision to make the entire adoption procedure more child friendly so that such children are able to find placement in loving and caring families. Shri J.K. Mittal, the  Chairperson of CARA has a mission to bring positive changes in the system and extend the programme to all states and UTs through various MIS applications, centralized data base and multi media campaign.


The web-site aims at giving information on in-country and inter-country adoptions in India and the role of CARA and other associated agencies involved in such process. Brief information about CARA may be seen for comments. CARA welcomes any suggestions for improving the website and also any other suggestions which may help it to serve the cause of orphan and abandoned children.


Central Adoption Resource Authority
West Block-VIII, Wing-II
R.K. Puram, New Delhi-110 066
Phone No.91-011-26180194
Fax No.91-011-26180198
Email: cara@bol.net.in