What is Central Adoption Resource Authority?

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Recently, CARA organised 10 State Orientation Programmes, and Interactive meets with more than 700 Prospective Adoptive Parents and Adoptive Parents.

What is CARA?

  •  What is it? CARA is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India.
  • Role: CARA is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, 1993, ratified by Government of India in 2003.
  • Function: CARA primarily deals with adoption of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through its associated /recognised adoption agencies.
  • In India, a child can be placed with a family under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act 1956, Guardians and Wards Act, 1890 and Juvenile Justice Act, 2000.
    • The mandatory registration of Child Care Institutions (CCIs) and linking to CARA has been provided in Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.


Q1) When was CARA established in India?

Central Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) was set up in June 1990 by the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India, to regulate, monitor and promote adoption of orphaned, abandoned or surrendered children, with the principal mandate of finding loving families for children in need of Care and Protection.

Source: PIB