BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE U.S.
U.S. immigration and visa laws provide for advance approval of an adoption petition on Form I-600A by the US Citizenship & Immigration Services in the Department of Homeland Security (USbciCIS) office that has jurisdiction over your place of domicile. This form may be filed before you locate a specific child for adoption. Taking this step generally reduces the amount of time adoptive parents must wait to bring the child to the United States after a particular child is chosen.
You may obtain additional information from your local office of USCIS. The telephone number of that office should appear in the U.S. Government section (blue pages) of your telephone directory.
COMPLYING WITH INDIAN LAW
Hindus may adopt a child pursuant to the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act LXXVIII of 1956.
Indian law has no provisions for foreigners to adopt Indian children, but under the Guardian and Wards Act of 1890, foreigners may petition an Indian District Court for legal custody of a child to be taken abroad for adoption. Following a 1984 Indian Supreme Court decision, non-Indians are required to work through an adoption agency in their home country that is licensed in accordance with local law and appears on a list of agencies approved by the Indian government. Only an Indian agency recognized and listed by the Indian Government may make children available for adoption by foreigners. The list of U.S. and Indian agencies authorized by India to handle inter-country adoptions is enclosed.
You may wish to contact an Indian attorney to assist you in obtaining custody. Lists of attorneys practicing in India are attached.
Credits: U.S. Department of State
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