The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) norms for adoption:
Any abandoned or surrendered/orphan child can be adopted if that child is declared legally free for adoption by the Child Welfare Committee.
No child may be given in adoption to a couple unless they have a stable marital relationship of two years.
The Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) should have adequate financial resources to provide a good upbringing for the child.
Couples in a live-in relationship are not eligible to adopt a child.
The prospective parents should have good health and should not be suffering from any disease or a mental condition which may prevent them from taking care of the child.
To adopt a child in the age group of 0-3 years, the maximum composite age of the PAPs should be 90 years wherein the individual age of the PAPs should not be less than 25 years and more than 50 years.
To adopt children above three years of age, the maximum composite age of the PAPs should be 105 years wherein the individual age of the PAP should not be less than 25 years and more than 55 years.
To check if the homes are following baby reception and adoption norms, CARA inspection teams visit periodically and grant licences. More details about adoption eligibility can be known from website: www.adoptionindia.nic.in