Child adoption is a win-win situation for both; adoptive parents as well as the adopted child.
While the adopted kids get a family and sense of belongingness, the adoptive parents get a child to bring up and care for.
Reasons for adoption are: infertility, single parents’ willingness to adopt, sense of social responsibility and many others.
The Juvenile Justice Act 2000 is a Secular Law enabling any person, irrespective of the religion he/she professes, to take a child in adoption.
Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is an autonomous body for child adoption under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
One should adopt only from Specialised Adoption Agencies (SAAs) recognized by State Governments.
Do not approach to any nursing home, hospital, maternity home, unauthorized institution or individual for adoption.
In 2015, Ministry of Women and Child Development passed a protocol which allows single, divorced, and separated individuals to adopt.
Pune based engineer Aditya Tiwari is the youngest single man to adopt in India; he adopted Binney who suffers from Down’s Syndrome.
Now numbers of employers are coming forward to provide paid Adoption Leave similar to Maternity Leave.
Flipkart offers an allowance of Rs 50,000 to employees looking to adopt children.
The stigma around adoption needs to be broken, to facilitate a quality and happy life for the child as well as the family.
Adopting a child gives reasons to smile, so ignore the inhibitions.
Light up a life! Adopt a child!