I learned something the other day that I did not know. There are an overwhelming number of baby girls placed in orphanages in India. The situation is much like that of the baby girls in China little girls born in India are quite often given up for adoption and placed in orphanages.
In India preference is given to India residence first then Non Resident Indian and then foreign citizens may adopt the child. When considering adoption from India married couples, single women are eligible to adopt and under special approval a single man. A single man is only able to adopt a boy child whereas a single woman can adopt from either gender. India has very strict guidelines for the age of prospective adopters. For a single person to adopt a child they should not be between the ages of 30 and 40 if you want a child under the age of 3. If you would like a child over 3 the single person regardless of gender should be no more than 50. If it is a married couple the combined age of the couple should be no more than 90 and no one in the marriage under 25 or older than 50.
When it comes to the cost of adoption from India it may seem low cost compared to other countries however when you look at the final cost it can be just as costly. You will start with $5800.00 with your application and paperwork. They also require $9000.00 in orphanage fees, licensing and humanitarian aid work. You will also have travel cost and the way the airfare is now it can go up higher than these. A rough estimate for the travel portion of the fees for a married couple is about $4000.00. You will also need to get your child a Visa, one way ticket from India to your home, a medical exam which can add a $1000.00. So the cost is about $20,000.00 for a child from India.
I know people are going to be upset by this next statement and I apologize now but I truly believe there are so many children in America waiting to find a forever family of their own why not save the money and put it away for college or a wedding?