Aah, this needed to be done long ago. Anyway better late than never. I always had plans of legally adopting a child. Only when i read through the archaic laws did i realise that being a Christian, i only had the option of being the guardian of the child and not the parent even after adoption. Isnt it stupid? It meant that i couldnt leave behind any inheritance to my adopted child without inviting legal trouble for the child. Finally, the govt has amended the rules. Soon everyone, irrespective of their religious beliefs can claim full parenthood. Yay.
In a significant move to enhance the legal rights of both adopted children and the couples who give them a home, the Centre has changed the law to allow non-Hindu parents to claim full parenthood instead of just “guardian” status that they were allowed till now. The changes in law also seek to encourage adoption by simplifying procedures.
Under the law so far, only Hindu couples who adopted children could claim to be “parents”. Non-Hindus were just guardians to their adopted children. This led to the children being denied rights to inherited property besides creating procedural hassles for parents at the time of school admissions etc.
Some clarifications may still be needed on whether the changes would apply to Muslims as the community has its personal laws. These will be cleared in the guidelines to be framed by Central Adoption Research Agency. The new law also makes adoption by inter-faith couples easier.
Under the new guidelines issued by the women and child development ministry under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000, amended last year and notified on October 26, the new rules will also cut red-tapism in adoption procedures while increasing the number of recognised adoption agencies.
Above news courtesy: TimesofIndia