News:Central Adoption Resource Authority(CARA) has celebrated its 5th Annual Day in New Delhi.
- Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) is a statutory body of Ministry of Women & Child Development,Government of India.
- It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter-country adoptions.
- It also deals with adoption of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through its associated /recognised adoption agencies.
- It is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption,1993 ratified by the Government of India in 2003.
About Hague Convention:
- The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption is a multilateral treaty developed by the Hague Conference on Private International Law(HCCH).
- The convention was concluded in 1993 and adopted in the year 1995.As of July 2019,101 states are party to the convention.The Convention applies to children aged under 16 years.
- The convention protects children and their families against the risks of illegal, irregular, premature or ill-prepared adoptions abroad.
- It also puts safeguards in place to make sure that all intercountry adoptions are in the best interests of the child and respects their human rights.
- It also ensures cooperation among countries to guarantee that these safeguards are respected and to prevent the abduction of, sale of, or traffic in children.