India Adoption: What You Need To Know

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America World is an India adoption agency that has assisted more than 4,600 families to bring their children home through international adoption. America World has 25 years of adoption experience and has formed strong relationships with government officials in India.

Our Family Coordinators provide personal attention to every family through the entire adoption process. This personal attention continues on the adoption trip in India. Our in-country staff is with every America World family and is responsible for getting families to their required adoption appointments, guiding them on sightseeing tours, and making sure families' needs are taken care of through the entire trip. Our guides have even assisted families from other agencies who had no guidance from their agency.

Many of our families have stated that the travel in India was much like a vacation as our guides made sure everything went as smoothly as possible.

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Steps to Adopt from India

The process of adopting a child from China is divided into three main steps.

India Adoption: Step 1 - Paperwork

The first stage of adoption in India involves assembling a collection of documents called a dossier. These documents must go through several levels of authentication by U.S. government offices so that they ultimately can be used as the legal framework for your adoption process. This stage is referred to as the "paper chase" or "paper pregnancy", and takes on average 4-6 months to complete. The finished dossier is mailed to America World where our India team carefully reviews it to ensure accuracy. Once approved, the dossier is forwarded to India for translation and processing.

India Adoption: Step 2 - Waiting Stage

After your dossier is received, you begin stage two of adoption in India, the waiting stage. The process of matching a family with a child is called the referral process. The wait time for a referral varies—please check our blog for the most up-to-date trends. The referral is comprised of several photos, a medical profile, a brief biography of the child’s life, a developmental and social report, as well as other general information. The waiting stage is a great time to do some research to prepare for welcoming your child home (India culture, bonding time with your adopted child, etc.), talk to adoptive families for tips and ideas, fundraise to help with adoption expenses, and prepare in general for your new addition.

India Adoption: Step 3 - Referral

Once you have accepted your referral, we begin planning the details of your travel, the third and final stage of your India adoption process. Our travel department will handle all of the details of your family’s travel. Families generally leave for India approximately 2-3 months after they receive a referral. While in India, families are united with their child, complete their adoption paperwork, and tour some of the country’s rich cultural sites.

Single Parent Adoption From India

India is one country/program that allows for single women to adopt, and America World is pleased to have a long history of single women adopting a baby from India.

The staff at America World is trained to handle every detail of your international adoption process and one of our experienced staff members will be assigned to your family as soon as your application is approved.

Be sure to visit our Financing Adoption page to learn how to reduce or eliminate your China adoption expenses!


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