Under new JJ Rules, over 2,000 adoption orders issued by DMs | India News

NEW DELHI: Since the new adoption regulations came into effect last September, following the notification of the amended Juvenile Justice Rules 2022 that enables a district magistrate to issue adoption orders in place of courts, 2,297 such orders have been issued. Latest data on children available in adoption pool of the Central Adoption Resource Authority is 2,191 and the number of Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) registered for domestic adoption is significantly high at 30,217. There are 984 PAPs registered on the CARINGS portal of CARA for inter-country adoptions.
The ammended Juvenile Justice Rules were notified on September 1, 2022. According to sources in the ministry of women and child development, 858 out of the 997 adoption orders that were pending in courts as on September 12 last year have been approved so far. It is learnt that most of the cases were either transferred to DMs or disposed of by the courts themselves. As of now, adoption order pendency in this category is 139, sources said.
Apprehensions have been raised from time to time by certain civil society organisations and prospective adoptive parents that giving the responsibility to the DMs will lead to delays as they are already over-burdened. However, when asked about the same, WCD officials refute the charge and claim that since September the process has, in fact, become more streamlined. tnn

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