In a bid to make child adoption easier, the women and child development (WCD) ministry will soon come up with a mechanism, which will take less than two months to adopt a child. At present, it takes three to six months to adopt a child.
WCD minister Renuka Chowdhury told reporters on Tuesday that Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) is revising the guidelines for adoption by foreigners to reduce the time and ensure that there is some monitoring of children during the probation period. “The reduction in the time will improve child adoption numbers as most NRIs want the process to be completed fast,” she said. In India, only about 4,000 children are adopted every year.
The minister also said that effort would be made to ensure that smaller children in the age group of 0-6 years are taken more, as families find children in the lower age groups easier to adopt. She also inaugurated the revamped website of CARA which gives detailed information on child adoption laws in India.
But what struck the minister most was the reverse gender bias in adoption. “There is more demand for girls than boys and it is a good sign for future of the girl child,” she said.
It also appears that Sushmita Sen syndrome has hit many single women. Sen had adopted a girl child a few years ago. Chowdhury said, many single mothers are coming up for adopting children and most prefer the girl child. The phenomenon has really picked fast in the urban parts of India, she said.
The government will soon launch a campaign for adoption of children with special needs and those infected with HIV/AIDS. Number of such children is very high and the government wants that they should grow up in a family atmosphere, she said.