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Adoption Overview and Timeline

The process to adopt a child from India is quite complicated and intricate. Prospective adoptive families will need to be  patient, as it can take quite a long time ranging from one to three years. This section of the Parenting Knowledge Base outlines the inter-country adoption process from India and provides guidelines and tips to help expedite the process.

Below are the timelines two families experienced in the process of adopting their children from India.

Family 1
Phase Start Date End Date
Deciding on Adoption 6/2014
Finding & Applying with CARA-Approved Agency 6/2014 7/2014
Home Study Process 7/2014 9/2014
I-800A Application 10/2014 1/2015
Creating the Dossier 9/2014 12/2014
Applying with CARA 2/2015 2/2015
Waiting for Referral 2/2015 10/2016
Responding to a Referral 10/2016 10/2016
Confirming the Referral 10/2016 11/2016
Visiting the Child NA NA
CARA Issues the No Objection Certificate (NOC) 11/2016 1/2017
Getting the Indian Court Order 2/2017 4/2017
Getting your Child’s Passport 4/2017 5/2017
Getting your Child’s Visa 5/2017 6/2017
Travel to Pick up Child 6/2017 6/2017
Post-Adoption Process 6/2017 6/2018

 

Family 2
Phase Start Date End Date
Deciding on Adoption 11/2015
Finding & Applying with CARA-Approved Agency 11/2015 1/2016
Home Study Process 1/2016 4/2016
I-800A Application 1/2016 4/2016
Creating the Dossier 1/2016 4/2016
Applying with CARA 4/2016 4/2016
Waiting for Referral 4/2016 8/2016
Responding to a Referral 8/2016
Confirming the Referral 8/2016
Visiting the Child 10/2016
Getting CARA No Objection Certificate (NOC) 9/2016 2/2017
Indian Court Order Issued 3/2017 7/2017
Getting your Child’s Passport 7/2017 8/2017
Getting your Child’s Visa 8/2017 9/2017
Travel to Pick up Child 9/2017 9/2017
Post-Adoption Process 9/2017 In Progress

 

See also

  1. Adoption Acronyms Glossary

 

 

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