Adoption of a child from a relative by another relative, irrespective of their religion, can be made as per the provisions of this Act and the adoption regulations framed by the Authority.

Nothing in this Act shall apply to the adoption of children made under the provisions of the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act, 1956.

All inter-country adoptions shall be done only as per the provisions of this Act and the adoption regulations framed by the Authority. Any person, who takes or sends a child to a foreign country or takes part in any arrangement for transferring the care and custody of a child to another person in a foreign country without a valid order from the Court, shall be punishable as per the provisions of section 80.

Adoption Regulation 2017

Fundamental principles governing adoption.-

The following fundamental principles shall govern adoptions of children from India, namely:-

(a) the child's best interests shall be of paramount consideration, while processing any adoption placement;

(b) preference shall be given to place the child in adoption with Indian citizens and with due regard to the principle of placement of the child in his own socio-cultural environment, as far as possible;

(c) all adoptions shall be registered on Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System and the confidentiality of the same shall be maintained by the Authority.

Eligibility criteria for prospective adoptive parents

(1) The prospective adoptive parents shall be physically, mentally and emotionally stable, financially capable and shall not have any life threatening medical condition.

(2) Any prospective adoptive parents, irrespective of his marital status and whether      or not he has biological son or daughter, can adopt a child subject to following, namely:-
(a) the consent of both the spouses for the adoption shall be required, in case of a married couple;

(b) a single female can adopt a child of any gender;

(c) a single male shall not be eligible to adopt a girl child;

(3) No child shall be given in adoption to a couple unless they have at least two years of stable marital relationship.

(4)The age of prospective adoptive parents, as on the date of registration, shall be counted for deciding the eligibility and the eligibility of prospective adoptive parents to apply for children of different age groups shallbe as under:-

Age of the child

Maximum composite age of

prospective adoptive parents (couple)

Maximum age of single

prospective adoptive parent

Upto 4 years 90 years 45 years
Above 4 and upto 8 years 100 years 50 years
Above 8 andupto 18 years 110 years 55 years

(5) In case of couple, the composite age of the prospective adoptive parents shall be counted.

(6) The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents shall not be less than twenty-five years.

(7) The age criteria for prospective adoptive parents shall not be applicable in case of relative adoptions and adoption by step-parent.

(8) Couples with three or more children shall not be considered for adoption except in case of special need children as defined in sub-regulation (21) of regulation 2, hard to place children as mentioned in regulation 50 and in case of relative adoption and adoption by step-parent.

Adoption Procedure for Resident Indians

Adoption Procedure for Non-Resident Indians, Overseas Citizens of India & Foreign Prospective Adoptive Parents

In-Country relative Adoptions

Inter-Country relative Adoption

Adoption by Step Parent

Procedure relating to orphan or abandoned child

Procedure relating to a surrendered child

Child Care Institution and its linkage with Specialised Adoption Agency


Contact Address Phone Number & E-mail id

Directorate of Social Justice,

Vikas Bhavan, 5th Floor,

PMG, Thiruvananthapuram

Phone:- 0471-2306040


State Child Protection Society (SCPS)

Poojappura, Thiruvananthapuram

Phone:- 0471-2342235


Programme Manager (SCPS)-8281899474

State Adoption Resource Agency (SARA) Kerala

Rajagiri College of Social Sciences,

Rajagiri  P.O,Kalamassery-683 104,


Phone:- 0484-2540727


Programme Manager (SARA)-8281899475      


Target Group

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