Sunrise is accredited and registered by the India Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) to help find families for children in orphanages in India.


The Children

  • Children in India in most need of adoption include older children (6 years and up), sibling groups of all ages but more commonly school aged children, and children with physical or cognitive specials needs. 

  • While it is possible to adopt a child in India with the potential for good health, those children are typically adopted by domestic families. 

  • Children under 2 years of age may be proposed to families of strong Indian heritage (NRI) but the average age of children proposed is 3 to 6 years old.

  • The children are typically in orphanages.

The Parents

  • Married couples and single women may adopt from India. Couples must be married for at least two years.

  • The age of parents at the date of registratio in India should be as follows:

    • The maximum combined age of adoptive parents is 90 to adopt a child under 4 years of age and for a single parent it is 45 years.

    • The maximum combined age of adoptive parents is 100 to adopt a child between 4 to 8 years of age and for a single parent it is 50 years.

    • The maximum combined age of adoptive parents is 110 to adopt a child over 8 years of age and for a single parent it is 55 years.

  • The minimum age difference between the child and either of the prospective adoptive parents should not be less than 25 years

  • Families of Indian Heritage are given priority for International Adoption from India. To qualify at least one spouse is a non-resident Indian who holds an Indian Passport (NRI) or is an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) and can obtain a certificate verifying this status from the Consulate of India in Vancouver. 

  • Couples with more than 2 children will not be considered for adoption.

  • Applicants should have at least an average income.

  • Must be in good mental and physical health with no known life threatening medical conditions or mental health diagnosis.

  • India is unlikely to accept applicants with a significant history of mental health. 

  • Not currently using cannabis.


India and Canada are both members of the Hague Adoption Convention; as a result there are very specific rules governing adoption between the two countries. 

Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)

OCI is an immigration status permitting a foreign citizen of Indian origin to live and work in India indefinitely. The Constitution of India prevents Indian citizens from holding dual citizenship. As such the OCI is not actual citizenship of India. To apply for and use an OCI document, a holder must be a citizen of and hold a passport of another country. 

Relative Adoptions 

Sunrise facilitates relative adoptions (the adoption of a child related to you as either grandchild, niece or nephew) from India.  India Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) states that according to the laws of India, all those who are applying to adopt children who are relatives must follow the same procedures as those seeking to adopt non-relative children.​

For more information please contact us.

The program is open to adoptive parents who live in British Columbia, and other provinces in Canada (except residents of Ontario and Quebec).