The HAMA (Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act) prohibits payments made or demanded in consideration or reward for adoption to the birth parents, agency or relinquishing guardians. These payments amount to trafficking in children, and may result in imprisonment or a fine or both.

CARA has a fixed fee structure for adoption. Charges outside the stipulated headings are not legal.

– Registration fees: Rs. 200
– Home study report: Rs. 1000 + actual travel allowance (TA)
– Maintenance charges not exceeding Rs. 15,000 at the rate of Rs. 50 per day from the date of admission until placement in foster care.
– In the case of special medical care, hospitalization charges subject to a maximum of Rs. 9000 may be claimed on production of actual bills.
– Legal fees and scrutiny fees are as per actuals.