Legal Documents for Adoption in India

In India, the Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) are required to provide the following documents in original, along with two self-attested copies in order to undergo a legal adoption.

  • Identity Proof (Pan Card/ Voter Card/ Passport/ Driving License)
  • Address Proof (Aadhar Card/ Ration Card/ Electricity Bill, and the rest)
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Family Photograph
  • Medical Certificate of the PAPs and their children (if any) from a registered medical practitioner, which states that they are recommended for adoption
  • Three latest postcard sized photographs of the adoptive family
  • For PAPs who are self-employed, IT Statement for the preceding three years is required. For PAPs who are employed, Income Certificate from the employer needs to be furnished which should also indicate the date of superannuation
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons who know the PAPs well, and who are not the immediate relatives of any of the spouse
  • In case of a single PAP, a letter from a close relative is required which should state that in the event of any unforeseen circumstance, the relative would take care of the adopted child
  • Financial Statements including Bank Statements for the past six months, details of the loans taken and accurate and detailed information about the moveable and immovable properties owned by the PAPs
  • If the couple has already adopted child/children earlier, then the Adoption Decree is also required to be furnished
  • Written Consent of the biological and/or adopted child/children who are more than 7 years old
  • Divorce/Legal Separation Decree in case of Single Prospective Adoptive Parent, if applicable


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