Source: News Bharati English16 Jan 2017 09:30:27

New Delhi, January 16: On Monday the Adoption Regulation 2017, framed by Central Adoption Resource Authority CARA will come into force from today, the government said in a press release. The Adoption Regulation, 2017 was amended and newly framed in order to overcome the challenges faced by the adoption authorities and Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs).
The Ministry of Women and Child Development said "Adoption Regulations, 2017, framed by the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), as mandated under Section 68(c) of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, has been notified on January 4, 2017, by the Government Press and the Regulations shall be effective from January 16, 2017," in a press release. "This will further strengthen adoption programme in the country by streamlining the adoption process," it added.

On 17th July, 2015 the Adoption Guidelines 2015 was notified by the government but after foreseeing the challenges faced it was newly framed which is replaced by the Adoption Regulations, 2017. The newly framed regulations consist of the regulations liable to the adoption by relatives by both within the country and abroad.

Following are the points which define the newly framed Adoption Regulation, 2017:

  • Time span after reserving child for matching and acceptance has been increased to 20 days from existing 15 days for the domestic PAPs.
  • There are 32 Schedules annexed to the Regulations including model adoption applications to be filed in the Court and this would considerably address delays prevalent in obtaining the Court order.
  • Maintenance of the panel of professionally qualified social workers for the District Child Protection Unit DCPU in order to increase the validity of home study report.
  • New regulations defines for transparency, early deinstitutionalization of children, informed choice for the parents, ethical practices and strictly defined timelines
  • CARA shall be facilitating all adoptions under the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 through Child Adoption Resource Information and Guidance System (CARINGS).
  • All kinds of adoptions, including adoptions by relatives shall be reported to CARA which would enable safeguards for all adopted children by maintaining their record and ensuring post adoption follow up.