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  Written by Lisa Anderson, Children's House International on 24 Feb 2016

India has always been open to single women wanting to adopt. 

Adoption by single women is culturally accepted in India because many women do not marry due to family responsibilities or other reasons.  Some courts may require single women to provide a few extra documents in their dossier, but other than that, the process is the same as for a married couple.  As with any international adoption, you should be open to a child with some degree of minor special needs.  India provides medical information in English and if there is a question or concern you can requests for additional medical testing so you can be comfortable with the health of your child.

I knew that I had always wanted to adopt and when I hit thirty and was not married I decided that I wanted to be a mom more than anything. I decided to adopt as a single woman because really having a child and being a mom was more important to me than anything else in my life at that time- Colleen, India Single Adoptive Mom

To adopt from India, you do not need Indian Heritage, although it can help your adoption process go more quickly.  India wants single moms to be financially secure and between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.  To adopt a child up to age 3, you must be under 40.  For an older child, you must be under 50.

You will also need an approved home study that outlines your ability to parent a child as a single mother.  During your home study process, you will learn valuable information in adoption education classes, as well as learn about various special needs.  This is a time for you to learn, reflect and prepare for parenting.  After your home study is approved, you will take the next step and apply for USCIS approval.

India is a Hague Country and you must use a COA Hague Accredited International Adoption Agency such as Children’s House International to process your India adoption.  Your child will become an automatic US Citizen just as soon as you arrive home with.  In most areas of India, only one trip is required to complete your adoption.  You will travel to the city where your child lives and spend a few days there getting acquainted.  Then you will fly to New Delhi to complete the visa process.  English is widely spoken and you will have a wonderful time in India.  You may opt to spend a few extra days sightseeing, and eating as much wonderful Indian food as possible!

I just got tired of putting my life on hold waiting for Mister Right to come along. I was thirty-eight years old and I wanted a family- Lisa, India Singe Adoptive Mom

I am a single adoptive mother to two children from India.  One of the things I have enjoyed since my children came home from India, is incorporating Indian culture into my own.  We cook Indian food at home and enjoy eating at Indian restaurants.  We also love Bollywood movies, enjoy wearing our Indian clothes, and celebrate a few Indian holidays.

I always tell single mothers that what it takes is to make a firm commitment….. and a giant leap of faith. 

Please contact me at Children’s House International. There are over 400 waiting children in India. One could be your child.  I would love to talk to you about joining our growing supportive community of India Single Adoptive Moms!  Watch the Single Moms Adopting from India video below:


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