India: Ratification of the Hague

August 2003

The government of India ratified the Hague Convention on International Adoption on June 6, 2003. It will come into effect October 1, 2003. The Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), currently the governmental body responsible for monitoring and enforcing Indian adoption regulations, will be the central authority. While some changes are expected to occur as a result of The Hague, at this time it is expected that international adoption processing will continue without delay or interruption. CARA has announced the government of India plans to formalize adoption eligibility guidelines for both domestic and international adoptions at some time in the near future.

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