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Volunteering possibilities in orphanages & shelters
Education :-
Taking educational classes for the children.
Curriculum development.
Recreation :-
Organising camps, outings, picnic etc.
Participating in Cultural Programmes.
Skill Training :-
Training children in vocational skills.
Developing innovative income generation programmes for the children and teaching the same to the children.
Sponsorship : -
Programmes.
Education
Nutrition
Medical Aid
Medical :-
Helping in acquiring medicines for first aid.
Conducting health camps.
Referring children to hospitals
Follow-up of hospital cases.
Creative Art :-
Teaching Art / Craft / Music / Drama / Exercise / Dance or finding resources where the child can learn the same.
Developing media :- drama, songs, poems, riddles, puzzles, etc. and teaching the same to the children.

Documentation :-
Assistance in children's magazine; finding subscribers and dispatching.
Assistance documentation/correspondence.
Help in surveys.
Maintaining library.

Awareness :-
About the organisation.
About the problems and plight of street children.
Contacting local clubs and organisation to get them involved in the welfare of the street children in their


AASARA BOMBAY
Prafulla Nakhawa Chawl
Chandani Koliwada,
Thane (E) 400603 
Karmayogi: Fr. Joe D'Gama 

Tel.:
25854805
Fax:
Profile:
Website: www.aasara.org 
Sheltering of street-children as well as abandoned children and orphans.

Aditya Birla Centre for the Welfare of Children

Siddharth Colony
Chembur Naka
Mumbai 400071
Karmayogi: Mr. M. C. Joshi

Tel.: 25222863, 25223353
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
Notes: boy's home for orphans, of single parents, or poor; provides vocational training for 15-19 year olds; no direct admissions; transferred through Mahila Bal Kalyan; currently 191 out of 250 capacity; working women's hostel attached


Amcha Ghar

Deep Sagar Bldg., 4th Floor,
Lighthouse Road
Uttan, Bhayandar
Mumbai - 401106

Karmayogis: Mrs. Susheela Singh 98922-70729, Mr. Anthony Dias

Tel:- 28451022
Fax: x
Email: amchaghar@yahoo.com
Profile: www.karmayog.com/ngos/amcha.htm
Website:

Notes: begun 1996, orphanage for girls till 18 years, 20 girls currently, pre-primary English shool, no adoption facility; budget = rs. 8 lakhs / year
Other links: www.indianngos.com/a/amchaghar/ ;
http://incometaxindia.gov.in/Notifications/Incometaxact/2003/14420030613.asp ;
www.helpyourngo.com/comp_info.asp?h_CodeScrip=18


ANAND KENDRA
THELMA J.R.D. TATA ANAND KENDRA TRUST
Dr. A.B. Road
next to Happy Home
Worli
Mumbai 400018
Karmayoginis: Mrs. Pilloo Tata, Mrs. Sarita Mehta, Mrs. Indu Mehta


Tel no: 24922552
Fax: x
E mail: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: since 50 years; orphanage for boys 8- 18 years; 29 boys; not an adoption agency

Ankur Children's Home

Kanakia’s Road
Beverly Park - Mira Road-East
Mumbai -401107- Thane DT.

Tel.: 28108208
Fax: 28126686
E mail: x
Profile: x
Website: x

ASHA DAAN
Missionaries of Charity
Sankli Street
Byculla
Mumbai 400008

Tel: 23093591
Fax: x
email: x
profile: x
website: x

notes: Hindustan Lever supports Asha Daan run by the Missionaries of Charity (founded by the late Mother Teresa). It is a home for 300 abandoned, handicapped children, the destitute and people affected by AIDS (HIV positive). It has been set up on a 72,500 square feet plot of warehouses of HLL. HLL also bears the capital and revenue expenses for maintenance, upkeep and security of the premises.
other links: www.hll.com/HLL/reachingout/communitydev.html#writeup

Asha Sadan - MSWC
Children Section
Asha Sadan Marg
Umerkhadi
Mumbai - 400009
Karmayogin: Dina Bilimoria/Maya Gidwani

Tel: 23715477 / 23740397 / 23715477
Fax: 23701281
Email: asha_sadan@vsnl.net
Profile: x
Website: x
Notes: Home for children from 0 to 6 years, and girls aged 14 to 20; Around 200 currently; vocational courses; adoption group; a project of Maharashtra State Women's Council
Other links: www.helpyourngo.com/nif24102003.html ,
www.financialexpress.com/fe/daily/20000331/fco26032.html ,
www.csa.org.in/bbsAshaSadan.htm

Ashadeep Children's Home, 40 street children www.ashadeep.net

Bai Avabai F. Petit Parsi Girls Orphanage
14 Pali Hill
Bandra
Mumbai 400050
Karmayogini: Mrs. Yasmin Charna, Supertindent

Tel 26483018
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: shelter; only Parsi girls from 4 to 14 years, 510 girls; not an adoption agency; also for boys at Pune


Central Office for all 30 Petit Trusts:
Petit Trust
Mehta Bldg., 4th floor
Nagindas Master Road, Fort
Mumbai 400001

Tel : 22654358
Fax: 22644680
Email: x
Profile: x
Website:
x

Baijee Ramaji Ji Bhai Home, Mumbai, Girl's Orphanage

Bal Anand ( World Children Welfare Trust India)
Sai Krupa
93 Ghatla Village
Chembur
Mumbai 400071
Karmayogini: Sulochana Kalro


Tel: 25568395 / 25566262 - but changed
Fax: 25564914 - but changed
Email: baland@vsnl.net
Profile:
Website: x
Notes: orphanage; adoption agency
other links: http://mid-day.com/metro/ghatkopar/2002/november/36666.htm


Bal Asha Trust
Bal Asha Dham,
King George V memorial
Dr. E Moses Road
Mahalaxmi
Mumbai 400011
Karmayogis: Ms. Madhavi Karandikar, Trustee
Mr. Sunil Arora, Administrator

Tel: 24926526
Fax: 2494 4090 /
Email: adoption@vsnl.com, balasha@vsnl.com
Profile:
Website: x

Notes: orphanage for boys and girls 0-10 years; 90 kids; adoption agency.
other links: www.familynyou.com/channels/atpdprintpage.php3?channel_sub_id=224&idtitle ;
http://members.fortunecity.com/balasha/; www.karmayog.com/voltales/nicola.htm


Bal Vikas
102 Shishu Bhawan
Velentine Complex
Off. Gen. Arun Kumar Vaidya Marg
Pimplipada, Malad (E)
Mumbai - 400097
Karmayoginis: Mrs. J. Panigrahi, Trustee
Ms. Prabha Dhimmar, Social Worker


Tel:- 28422802
Fax: 28422714
Email: balvikas@vsnl.com
Profile: x
Website: x
Notes: begun 1984; Orphanage; 75 children; Adoption agency;
Other links: www.csa.org.in/bbsBalVikas.htm


Balikashram
Bombay Vigilance Association
Navin Asha Society, 1st floor
124 D. Phalke Road
Opp. Ranjit Studio
Dadar E,
Mumbai 400 014
Karmayogis: Mr. Amu V. Malde, Mr. Haresh Mehta


Tel: 24112234
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: since 1922; orphanage for girls 5-12 years; 60 girls
other links: www.helpyourngo.com/comp_info.asp?h_CodeScrip=112 ;
www.schoolsahead.com/buildinghopes/buildinghope2.html#top4


Byramjee Jeejeebhoy Home for Children
Shraddhanand Road
Opp. Shankar Mantham
Matunga E
Mumbai 400019
Karmayogini: Mrs. Sara M. Lawyer


Tel. No.: 24011197
Fax:
x
Email:
x
Profile: x
Website:
x
notes: orphanage for boys and girls aged 5-12; currently 80 kids; not an adoption agency
other links: x


Chembur Children's Home

Children Of The World (India) Trust
401 Arun Chambers, 4th Floor
Tardeo
Mumbai 400034
Karmayogini: Mrs. Mani Mistry

Tel: 23520249
Fax: 23520032
Email: cwb@bom5.vsnl.net.in
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: adoption agency; sponsorship also


Children's Aid Society (CAS) Various Homes
Additional Observation Home
Chembur Children's Home, Mankhurd, since 1939, founded by
David Sassoon Industrial School,
Dr. Munshi
Tel: 25511126
Jamnalal Bajaj Home,
Observation Home, Umerkhadi, Mumbai 400009. Tel. No.: 23774386; 23775895
Pitru Vatsalya,
Special School for Mentally Retarded
Madhyamik Vidyalaya, Mankhurd,
New Observation Home

D N. Sirur Balakashram Orphanage
40 Prathana Samaj Road
Vile parle E
Mumbai 400 057
Karmayogi: Mr pai

Tel: 26125247
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile:x
Website: x
notes: Since 1932 orphanage for boys aged 8 - 18; currently 70 kids; not an adoption agency



Daya Sadan Community Centre
267/1-2, S.M. Chawl
Dharavi, Mumbai 400 017
Karmayogin: Reena

Tel: 2409 0729
Runs a medical dispensary as well as a maternity ward having about 6 beds. Also runs a home for the orphaned girls

Deonar Children's Home

Dongri Children's Home

Family Service Centre
Eucharistic Congress Building No.3,
5 Convent Street, Colaba
Mumbai 400001
Karmayogini: Ms. Nigama Mascarenhas


Tel:- 22021432 / 22828862
Fax: x
Email: famser@vsnl.net
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: adoption agency; sponsorship; community outreach; foster care;
links: www.csa.org.in/bbFamilyServiceCentre.htm



Fr. Agnel Ashram
P.O. Box 6656
Bandstand
Bandra
Mumbai 400050
Karmayogi: Fr. Superior

Tel.: 26423841 / 42/ 27661924
Fax: 26516831
Email: agnelt@bom2.vsnl.net.in
Profile: x
Website: agnel.org/organization.html, www.frcrce.ac.in
notes: orphanage for boys aged 10-18; about 76 kids;
branch in Navi Mumbai, Pune, Goa, and Delhi also


Fr. Agnel Ashram
Sector 9A
Vashi
Navi Mumbai
Karmayogi: Fr. Superior
notes: orphanage, about 200 boys


Good Samaritan Children's Home, Orphanage for boys and girls 5-10 yrs, 40 kids

Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity Convent
Sneha Jeevan Kendra
Road No 2, Sahar Village,
Andheri (E)
Mumbai 400 099

Tel no: 28380486
Fax: x
e-mail: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: small orphanage here, big one at Vasai, small one at Bhayander

Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity Orphanage
Sapodiwadi
Madi Naka
Vasai W
Tel: 95250-2327068
Fax: x
e-mail: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: orphanage for children 2-12 years; 35 boys; 65 girls


IAPA - Indian Association For Promotion Of Adoption & Child Welfare
Flat No. 7 Kanara Coop Hsg. Soc.
Mogul Lane, Matunga(W)
Mumbai 400016
Karmayogini: Mrs. Kaumudi Telang; Mrs. Hansa Apparao


Tel: 24307076 / 23885981 / 23894106
Fax: 24374938
Email: iapa@vsnl.net ; Iapakhetwadi@vsnl.net
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: government adoption agency; sponsorships
links: www.helpyourngo.com/comp_info.asp?h_CodeScrip=41 ;
www.csa.org.in/Professional_Kaumudi%20Telang.htm


ICHILD was founded in 1995, and is an internet-based, world-wide support group and source of information & resources for those interested in adoption. On the ICHILD website, you will find information including U.S. & Indian agency listings, information on the process of adopting from India, child sponsorship, humanitarian assistance programs, a waiting child listing, ICHILD mailing lists, the ICHILD Families sections, and more.... www.ichild.org/direct.htm

Isha Prem Convent
near St. Francis Xavier Church
Kanjurmarg (E)
Mumbai 400 042
Karmayogini: Sr. Vanita

Tel.: 25783366
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: small orphanage for girls aged above 6; 20 kids; not an adoption agency.

JANANI ASHISH CHARITABLE TRUST
Plot P/37 MIDC Residential Zone
Opp. Dombivali Gymkhana
Dombivali (East)
Dist. Thane 421203

Tel : 95251-455879/437037
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile:x
Website:x
notes:
other links: http://incometaxindia.gov.in/Notifications/Incometaxact/1993/216E30031993.asp
;http://www.incometaxindia.gov.in/Notifications/Incometaxact/1995/844E17101995.asp


Lady Northcote Hindu Orphanage
7 K M Munshi Road, Chowpatty
Opp Bhartiya Vidya Mandir,
Gamdevi
Mumbai 400007
Karmayogi: Madhukar Sali


Tel.: 23697228
Fax: 23677941
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: managed by Bombay Prarthana Samaj; since 100 years,
orphanage for boys aged 9 - 18; 25 boys; not an adoption agency



Ma Niketan
Opp. Devidayal Cables
2nd Pokhran Road

Thane
Mumbai 400 601
Karmayogini: Sr. Barbara


Tel.: 25341773
Fax: 25336099
Email: maniketan@vsnl.net
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: since 1972, orphanage for girls aged 3-25; 350 girls; dispensary; not an adoption agency
other links: www.ma-niketan.de/post.htm ;
www.vri.dhamma.org/archives/dsniketanrpt.html



Missionaries Of Charity
Church Road
Vile Parle (W)
Mumbai 400056
Karmayogini: Sr. Beryl


Tel: 26184068
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: orphanage 0 - 6 years, 75 children; of
Mother Teresa (winner of Nobel Peace Prize);
Links on Mother Teresa: www.indcatholicnews.com/beters.html ;
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/inatl/longterm/teresa/stories/obit090697.htm



NAAF - National Association of Adoptive Families
Room No. 7, 1st Floor,
Sanyas Ashram Municipal School,
Vithalbai Road, Vile Parle (West),
Mumbai - 400 056.
Karmayogi: Gaurang Mehta (4pm)

Tel: 2670 3838
Mobile: 9820284725
Fax: x
Email: naaf@rediffmail.com
Profile: x
Website: www.naaf-india.org

NATIONAL MUSEUM OF INDIAN FREEDOM MOVEMENT
607, Crescent Park,
Dattapada Cross Road No.1,
Borivali (E) MUMBAI-400 066
Karmayogi: Dr. S. N. SUBBA RAO (Chairman)
Karmayogin: Dr. LICY BHARUCHA (Managing Trustee)

Tel: 2870 8198 / 5684
Fax:
email: freedommuseum@indiatimes.com
website: NA
REGISTRATION NO: E - 17826 (MUMBAI) YEAR INC: 1885
Indian National Freedom Movement had concieved the idea of creating India's movement glimpses in Mumbai. This museum of the Indian Freedom Struggle will encapsulate the entire struggle and make it come alive for us.
notes: www.helpyourngo.com/Comp_info.asp


Our Lady Home
205, Dr. Ambedkar Road,
Dadar
Mumbai 400014
Karmayogi: Fr. Saby Correa (Director)

Tel: x
Fax: x
Email: olhome@bom3.vsnl.net.in
Profile: x
Website: www.ourladyhome.jesussave.us
Boarding and lodging facilities for 220 orphans. Also runs an English medium school for age limit 5-18


PREM SAGAR
C/o. Community Development Centre
Lutheran Centre
Marve Road
Malald - West
Mumbai - 400 064
Karmayogi: Rev. Alfred


Tel: 28823301 / 28819644
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: since 1993, night shelter camps for boys
other links: www.helpyourngo.com/comp_info.asp?h_CodeScrip=210


Regina Pacis
Seth Motishah Road,
Opp. Byculla Police Station, Byculla
Mumbai 400 027
Karmayogini: Sr. Fernandes


Tel. 23725311 / 23733275
Fax: x
Email: fernandes_Margaret@hotmail.com
Profile: x
Website: No
notes: since 1951, Vicenta Maria Home for 200 girls aged 7-20; girl's school;
other links: http://theworldnow.com/cal/school.htm


Sacred Heart Orphanage

Sadak Chap night shelters
Mumbai
Tel. x
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: http://www.sadakchaap.org/
A safe place for young street boys is provided to about 300 boys in several places.
The night shelter in Churchgate has 70-150, Byculla has 30-45,
Mulund has 8-15 and 3-4 older street boys each.


Seth Ranchhoddas Chaturbhuj Cutchi Lohana balashram

63, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Chinchpokli
Mumbai 400001

Tel. 23724033
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website:
Residential school for boys from Std. 1-10 (S.S.C)

Shejar Chhaya
Deodal Kaman P.O.
Taluka Vasai
Dist. Thane - 401202
Karmayogis: Fr. Gonzalves, Sr. Carmal


Tel.: 9520-22210212
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: adoption agency
other links: www.a-c.dk/adoption/Landene/nyheder-landene/Indien/27-august.htm


Shelter Don Bosco
Opp St Joseph's High School
Wadala(W)
Mumbai 400031


Tel: 24150562
Fax: 26436517
Email: shelterdonbosco@vsnl.com
Profile: x
Website: www.shelterdonbosco.org/project.htm Good website
notes: since 1987, orphanage for boys below 14 years,
open-house for street children, vocational training


Shelter Don Bosco Drop-in-Centre

Gala no. 7, Below Kavi Keshavsuth Flyover
Opp. Dadar Western Railway Station
Dadar W
Mumbai 400028
Tel: 24316104


Shraddhanand Mahila Ashram
Shraddhanand Road
Matunga, King's Circle
Mumbai 400 019
Karmayogini: Nandini Shetty


Tel: 24012552 / 24010715
Fax: x
Email: hwws@vsnl.net
Profile: x
Website: x

notes: orphanage for boys 0-5 years and girls; adoption,
of Hindu Women's Welfare Society; women's hostel
other links: http://home1.dknet.dk/prl/shraddhanand_mahilashram_en.htm
www.shraddhanand.org
www.csa.org.in/bbShradhaanand.htm
www.pria.org/cgi-bin/studyreport.htm?r_reportid=46
www.clubelders.com/carehome/shraddhanand.htm


Shree Manav Seva Sangh
255 / 257
Opp. Gandhi Market
Next to king circle railway station
Sion (W)
Mumbai 400 022
Karmayogin: Chandrika Ben,
 
Tel.: 2407 1553 / 2409 2266-ext 22 /24077350 Ex -27
Fax: x
Email: smss@vsnl.com
Profile: x
Website: x
orphanage for boys above 7 yrs, 185 girls, courses, Marriage
other sites: http://www.shreemanavseva.org/
www.csa.org.in/Cgc_SHREEMANAVSEVASANGH.htm

SMILE - SOCIETY MOVED TO INSTILL LOVE WITH EMPATHY
254 Nepali House, Gr. floor
Walkeshwar Road
Mumbai 400 006
Karmayogini: Mrs. Anaxi Shah; Mrs. Bharti Sanghvi


Tel: 23682219
Fax: 23638678
Email: smileorg@mtnl.net.in
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: since 1997, work with children, women, senior citizens
other links: www.stampsofindia.com/newssite/download/182.pdf
timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1363839793.cms

Sneha Jeevan Kendra
Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity Convent

Road No 2, Sahar Village,
Andheri (E)
Mumbai 400 099

Tel no: 28380486
Fax: x
e-mail: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: small orphanage here, big one at Vasai, small one at Bhayander

Handmaids of the Blessed Trinity Orphanage
Sapodiwadi
Madi Naka
Vasai W
Tel: 95250-2327068
Fax: x
e-mail: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: orphanage for children 2-12 years; 35 boys; 65 girls

Special Observation Home
Sion-Trombay Road,
Deonar, Mumbai
Karmayogi: Neeru Sharma

Tel: 2556 5286
Fax: x
Email: surami@vsnl.net
Profile: x
Website:x

St. Anthony's Home
J. Boman Behram Marg
Opp. Maharashtra College
Near Alexandra Cinema
Byculla
Mumbai - 400058
Karmayogini: Sr. Rane

Tel:- 23075604
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: orphanage for girls above 5; 30 girls + 50 girls

St. Catherine's Home
Veera Desai Road
Andheri (W)
Mumbai - 400058
Karmayogi: Mr. Udaya

Tel:- 26762312, 26766906
Fax: x
Email: stcath@mtnl.net.in
Profile: x
Website: x
notes: orphanage for girls upto 10th standard; 320 girls;
adoption agency; hostel for unwed mothers.
other links: www.indiapartnershipforum.org/industry_sector/TajHotels.htm

St. Dominic Savio Boys Home
Mahakali Caves
Andheri (E)
Mumbai - 400093
Tel:- 28321122
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website: www.dominicsavio.com


St. Francis D'Assisi Orphanage
Mount Poinsur
S.V.P. Road
Borivli (W)
Mumbai 400 103

Karmayogi: Bro. Tom Melchior

Tel:- 28953696
Fax: x
Email: sfitlib@vsnl.com
Profile: x
Website: www.sfitengg.org/html/society.htm
notes: since 1908

St. Joseph Convent

Bandra
Mumbai

Tel.: 26423099
Fax:
Email:
Profile:
Website: No

St. Stanislaw's Orphanage, Bandra

The Shelter
61, Clare Road,
Byculla,
Mumbai 400 008

Karmayogini: Mrs Bardey

Tel:- 23072381
Fax: x
Email: x
Profile: x
Website:
x
Note: girl's orphanage with 39 girls


VATSALYA FOUNDATION
Anand Niketan
King George V Memorial
Dr. E. Moses Road
Mahalaxmi (W)
Mumbai 400 011
Karmayogi: Ms. Swati Mukherjee


Tel:- 24962115
Fax: 24912352
Email: vatsalyafdn@vsnl.com
Profile: x
Website: www.thevatsalyafoundation.org nice website
notes: since 1982; orphanage for street boys aged 6 - 16 years; 60 kids
list of centres: www.thevatsalyafoundation.org/vatsal/jsp/tree/Home.html
other links: www.indiaworld.co.in/home/sahayata/vatsalya.html
www.samachar.com/people/index.html

www.geocities.com/charcha_2000/essays/foilies/foilies69.html


VATSALYA TRUST
Plot 1285
Near Kanjurmarg Police Station
Kanjurmarg (E)
Mumbai 400042
Karmayogini: Mrs. Sanjivani Raikar

Tel.: 25782958 / 25794798
Fax: 25784820
Email: vatsalyatrustmumbai@vsnl.net
Profile: x
Website: www.vatsalyatrust.org under preparation
notes: orphanage for boys and girls till 18 years; 35 kids;
adoption centre; orphanage for girls at Sanpada
other links: www.geocities.com/charcha_2000/essays/foilies/foilies69.html


VATSALYA TRUST BALIKA ASHRAM
Sector 2, Plot 11
Sanpada
Navi Mumbai
Tel: 27617390
notes: orphanage for older girls; 65 girls


Vinimay Trust
Tarun Sadan (Hostel)
Plot 21, Sector 23
Koparkhairne
Navi Mumbai 400709

Tel: 27540070
Email: vinimay@vsnl.com
Profile:
x
Website: no

Registered Office : A-14 Nirmala Niwas,
Near Deonar Bus Depot,
V.N. Purav Marg.
Mumbai - 400068
Karmayogis: Mr. Venkataraman, tel: 25578130
Mr. Atul Shah, tel: 27663429

notes: since 1982, volunteer run; organises tutorial classes and play centres for other orgs e.g. Chembur Children's Home and Bal Kalyan Nagri; organises jobs for orphans above 18 years; also runs hostel with 30 orphans.

other links: www.expressitpeople.com/20011231/careers4.shtml
www.children-strategies.org/English%20creports/India%20Final.pdf

 

Books on Adoption:

1. Parenting through adoption by Nilima Mehta .
2. Adoption-Issues, Laws and Procedures by Madhavi Karandikar for Bal Asha Trust
3. Adoption And Childcare by Dr.Vilas Ainapure
4. The Penguin Guide to Adoption in India by Dr. Aloma Lobo and Jayapriya Vasudevan
5. A good book to read to find out more information about Adoption is Nilima Mehta's Ours By Choice, which is available from the Family Service Center, Eucharistic Congress Bldg III, 5 Convent Street, Mumbai 400039. The full text of this book is available Here.
6. Adoption Guidance Book www.naaf-india.org/naaf_report.htm#adop_g_bk - for free distribution to the public directly and through the medical practitioners. It explains the procedure of adoption & provides a ready reference of agencies in Mumbai placing children in adoption.

Adoption links:
www.nebulasearch.com/directory/go/Home/Family/Adoption/

other relevant websites:

Catalysts for Social Action www.csa.org.in

Adoption information www.adoptioninformation.com/directory/fromindia.htm

HINDU ADOPTIONS AND MAINTENANCE ACT, 1956
www.indialawinfo.com/bareacts/hama.html

THE GUARDIANS AND WARDS ACT,1890
www.helplinelaw.com/bareact/index.php?dsp=guardians

ADOPTION AND THE LAW
www.infertilityfriends.org/chap6.htm

INDIAN BARE ACTS
www.helplinelaw.com/docs/bareact.shtml


http://www.wacap.org/International-india-faq.asp

Documents required for adoption

• Birth certificate or school leaving certificates of the adoptive parents
• Birth certificates of any other biological or adopted children if any
• Marriage certificate
• Health certificates
• Infertility status reports (if applicable)
• Photographs
• Recommendation letters
• Income certificate
• Property statements
• Bank reference
• Details of child care arrangements

FAQs about adoption

What is adoption?

Adoption is a process of parenting children who are not related to one by birth.

Who is eligible to adopt?

• Married couples or single adults (unmarried, widowed, divorced) who have a steady income sufficient to bear the family expenses and provide a financial security for the child.

• Those whose age does not exceed 45 years.

• Those who have a home environment comfortable for themselves and a child.

Is adoption legal in India?

Adoption is legal in India. The IPC has two laws under which children can be adopted depending on the religion of the adoptive parents.

1. The Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956 which applies only to Hindus.

2. The Guardianship and Ward Act 1890 which applies to non-Hindus (Christians, Muslims and Parses). A 1996 judgement by Justice FI Rebello of the High Court grants adoption for non-Hindu families who have taken the child under guardianship for over a
period of two years.

How can you adopt?

Adoption can be done only through government
recognised placement agencies, in accordance with the prescribed legal procedure.

Ours by Choice
We are guilty
of many errors and many faults
but our worst crime
Is abandoning the children,
neglecting the fountain of life.
Many of the things we need
can wait. The child cannot.
Right now is the time
his bones are being formed, his
blood is being made, and
his senses are being developed.
To him we cannot answer
"Tomorrow."
His name is "Today."

- Gabriela Mistral