Reports came out this week that the number of domestic adoptions within India has dropped by half, hitting a five-year low with 3,011 children adopted in fiscal year 2015/2016. This is down from the highest number in 2011/2012 when 5,964 domestic adoptions took place.
Inter-country adoptions on the other hand have seen an increase to 666 in 2015/2016 from a low of 308 in 2011/2013. The article also notes that these changes come nearly a year after the new guidelines were introduced. The new guidelines took effect on August 1, 2015. Our previous post regarding the new guidelines can be seen here: Major Changes to the India Program.
For The Barker Adoption Foundation’s India program, the new guidelines have shown an improvement over the previous system, albeit not without several bumps in the road as responsible parties in India learn the new process. We anticipate the number of children coming home this year through our program to be higher than it has been in the past five years as well.