8/11/2014 4:09:57 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Non-resident Indian (NRI) couples could be treated on a par with their local counterparts following changes being made to adoption rules by the Ministry of Women and Child Welfare. As a result, NRI couples could have equal opportunities for adopting a child in India.
A few years ago adoption agencies were asked to stick to a ratio of 80:20, with only a fifth of the eligible children for adoption abroad. This was introduced to curb overseas child trafficking in the garb of adoption. However, it led to a fall in overseas adoptions from 628 in 2010-11 to 430 in 2013-2014.
In the past 10 years, over 8,000 NRI couples have applied for Indian children but only a few have been shortlisted. "We screen the NRI couples many times to keep the number very small because we know due to the existing rules we don't have many children to list for adoption. We will expand the list once the new rules are notified," said a government official.