Who can Adopt

Section 57 of the JJ Act 2015; Regulation 5 of Adoption Regulations


Prospective adoptive parents (PAP) who are physically, mentally and emotionally stable, financially capable and who do not have any life threatening medical conditions are eligible to adopt.

Married couples with at least 2 years of stable marital relationship and single persons with or without biological or adoptive children can adopt provided they satisfy the following:


(a)    Both spouses must consent for adoption in case of a married couple

(b)    A single female can adopt a child of any gender

(c)    A single male is not eligible to adopt a girl child

(d)    Prospective adoptive family must have less than four children unless they are adopting a   child with special needs, a hard-to-place child, a relative’s child or a step-child.

(e)    The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents shall not be less than twenty-five years

(f)     The composite age of the married couple does not exceed 110 years and the age of a single parent does not exceed 55 years.

(g)    The age of the child that could be placed with PAPs differs based on the age of the PAPs on the date of registration as given in the following table:


          Age of the child Maximum  composite age of the prospective adoptive parents Maximum age of single prospective adoptive parent
Above 0 upto 18 years 90 years 45  years
Above          4   up to 18  years 100 years 50  years
 Above 8  up to 18 years 110 years 55 years



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