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Like many countries, India requires completion of a dossier and home study to adopt. Preference is given to people of Indian descent and there are restrictions on who may adopt Hindu children.

Children range in age from infant to toddler and above. Travel is required by the adoptive parents although in some circumstances a child may be escorted to meet them.

The age requirements vary in relation to the age of the child prospective parents are interested in adopting. Singles and couples may adopt. Infants are available for prospective parents up to 42 years old and people up to the age of 50 can adopt children over three.

Children available for adoption are generally in orphanages due to economic reasons. With a population of over 1 billion people, India is about 1/3 the size of the United States and in Southern Asia on the Arabian Sea and the Bay of Bengal. It lies between Burma and Pakistan. The climate ranges from a more tropical south to a temperate north.

The U.S. State department web site says that, "Indian law has no provisions for foreigners to adopt Indian children, but under the Guardian and Wards Act of 1890, foreigners may petition an Indian District Court for legal custody of a child to be taken abroad for adoption. Following a 1984 Indian Supreme Court decision, non-Indians are required to work through an adoption agency in their home country that is licensed in accordance with local law and appears on a list of agencies approved by the Indian government. Only an Indian agency recognized and listed by the Indian Government may make children available for adoption by foreigners."

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