A current draft of adoption guidelines in India has many in the adoption community concerned. One of the most troubling proposed practices deals with access to original birth records. As they’re written now, the guidelines state that in the case of abandoned children, the authorities cannot issue a birth certificate until the child is adopted so that the adoptive parents’ names appear on the certificate.
Adoptee rights advocates have composed a petition to India’s Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) asking for the following changes to adoption guidelines:
- That adoptees be provided with original birth certificates with the names of their biological parents.
- The right for adoptees to access birth files and adoption records, even if they were born to unwed mothers.
- The establishment of independent post adoption services.
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