The Bombay High Court is in the final stages of framing guidelines for international adoption of Indian children after the case of failed adoption of 14-year-old Anita (name changed).
Anita was repatriated to India from the US in June 2008.
The HC also allowed relocation of Anita from mental health care institute in Bangalore to a children’s home in Gurgaon.
Justice D.Y. Chandrachud had earlier expressed apprehensions over her relocation as she was repatriated due to failure to adjust in the US.
Justice Chandrachud asked the Central Adoption Resource Centre (CARA) to complete the final draft of the policy, including keeping a corpus for children who are repatriated and need rehabilitation and its proper disbursement. CARA keeps a check on international adoptions.
A US couple had adopted Anita and her sister Sonia (8) April 2006. However, the couple sent an application seeking revocation of their guardianship of Anita as she developed behavioural problems.
Sonia adjusted to her new home, but Anita had to take psychiatric treatment there and was later repatriated to India.
While revoking guardianship of her adoptive parents, HC gave her temporary custody to Nigama Mascheranas, director of the Family Service Centre.
To ensure Sonia’s welfare, the high court directed CARA to get a report from the appropriate authority either through the Indian embassy in the US or US authority concerned.
Additional Solicitor General Darius Khambata said though regular reports are submitted to the HC regarding children who are adopted, no one seems to study them. “Even in this case, two reports were submitted, but no one probably went through them,” said Khambata.