Website launched to make adoption process more transparent

Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) on Monday launched a web-based information management system which will link all adoption agencies across the country to make the process of adopting children more transparent.

 March 6, 2011 / pravasitoday

The website “Carings” will be monitored online by CARA and also provide a national database to enable policy making in this regard.

Launching the website in New Delhi on Monday, Minister for Women and Child Development Krishna Tirath said, prospective parents can access a list of adoptive children, their health status, their photographs and even the condition in which they were given up for adoption.

Similarly, there would be a separate list of prospective parents, a waiting list and the status of their application.

The website would also provide registration, status tracking and matching of child and parent compatibility.

CARA would take quarterly reports on the child.

If the report is delayed it would be followed up with the foreign agencies responsible.

“It will make a big difference to the adoption process in the country,” Tirath said, adding the website was facilitated as the Ministry was getting a lot of complaints regarding the process of adoption from people across the country.

The ministry added that the guidelines are being amended to protect adopted children.

All the dossiers of foreign parents would be screened at the CARA.

So far, out of the total 326 adoption agencies across the country, 172 have registered with “Carings”.

As of now, 164 are left, which are on way to signing the Memorandums of Understandings (MoU).

A senior CARA official said that the fees for both domestic and foreign adoptions are also being revised.

While, for domestic adoptions, the fees would be increased from Rs 25,000 to 45,000, for foreign adoption the jump would be from USD 3,500 to USD 5,000.

The government under the Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) is also setting up state agencies to coordinate with CARA.

“So far except Jammu and Kashmir and Andaman and Nicobar Islands, all other states have signed MoUs for the purpose,” Secretary, Ministry of Women and Child Development D K Sikri said.

In the last year, a total of 5,693 children were adopted inside the country, while 593 were adopted by foreign parents. (ST-14/02)


What's the difference?

I'm confused.

What's the difference between the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) mentioned in the article, HC rejects plea to probe adoption agency  and the Department of Women and Child Development and the Ministry of Women and Child Development?

I'm curious because from what I have read so far, Krishna Tirath seems to be very interested in programs that empower adolescent girls (aged 11-18 years), and given India's involvement with adoption AND surrogacy programs, I was wondering how "transparency" would operate on a website that will feature adoption agencies that may also have affiliations with surrogate agencies. [Seems to me most of the agencies with dual interests are based in America -- but I could be very wrong....]

Confusing to me too

I tried to look into the question you asked, but have to admit the structure of the bureaucracy in India is too difficult for me to understand.

I was able to figure out the following:

CARA, is the Central Adoption Resource Authority, an autonomous body under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, which operates as the Central Authority of India. India ratified the Hague Convention and as such is required to have a Central Authority that handles all inter-country adoptions.

The Child Welfare Committees are organized per district and oversee the various child welfare programs. So unlike CARA and the Ministry of Women & Child Development, there apparently is not one Child Welfare Committee but one in every district.

It's dubious whether CARA will be able to improve transparency. It seems to me it's mostly window dressing, create a new website to pretend transparency while continuing the same old practices.

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