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Thursday, March 18, 2010

13) Pre-Adoption Foster Care

Our final, complete dossier was sent by our RIPA in Mumbai to CARA in Delhi in late Oct 2009. Just over 1 month later, our RIPA received the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from CARA. This cleared the way for our RIPA's lawyer to file an adoption petition in the Mumbai Civil & Sessions Court.

After filing the adoption petition in court, your RIPA is free to hand the child over to you under what is called a pre-adoption foster care agreement. At least one of the adoptive parents must be present to take custody of the child. They are likely to impose conditions on you such as the child is not to be taken out of the city, and they may reserve the right to visit you and the child at your home / temporary residence at any time. In our case, the custody agreement forbade us from taking the child out of Mumbai. Since my wife's maternal home is in Mumbai, we had no issues with this.

Pre-adoption foster care is an excellent arrangement that helps you spend time bonding with and getting to know your child better while you are waiting for the court hearing, which can take a few weeks, depending on the court calendar, and how resourceful your RIPA's lawyer is to get the earliest possible hearing date.

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