The Bombay high court on Friday allowed foreign adoption of a nine-year-old boy and his seven-year-old sister, abandoned twice by their biological mother.
On December 31, 2012, nine-year-old Vaibhav and seven-year-old Shrutika were found abandoned and therefore the Central police station at Ulhasnagar had taken them to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), which sent them to a home for children.
Later, the CWC declared the children “ready for adoption” and a foreign adoption petition was instituted in the high court after a Canadian couple expressed willingness to adopt the siblings.
In 2014, when the matter was pending before the high court, the biological mother approached the CWC and sought custody of her children, and the CWC forwarded her plea to the high court. After ascertaining that the woman was the biological mother on the basis of DNA profiling, the high court allowed the woman to take their custody, but in phase-wise manner.
The woman, however, did not even bother to see the children lodged in the home, and taking her overall conduct and indifferent attitude towards the children, the high court “forfeited” her right to their custody. Subsequently, the CWC again declared the siblings “ready for adoption”, and an American couple showed willingness to adopt them. Justice Gautam Patel on Friday allowed the US couple to adopt the siblings.