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Posted on Feb 22, 05:14PM | IBNS
New Delhi, Feb 22 : Union Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath on Friday said the number of children from India placed in inter-country adoptions decreased in 2012 compared to previous years.
"The number of children from India placed in inter-country adoptions during the years 2009, 2010, 2011 (January, 2011 to March, 2012) and 2012 (April, 2012 to December, 2012) are 666, 593, 589 and 242 respectively," said Tirath in a written reply to the Lok Sabha on Friday.
She said adoptions are allowed to Indian citizens residing in these countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention on inter-country Adoption.
"The Ministry of Women and Child Development has revised the adoption guidelines and notified 'Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children 2011' on 27th June, 2011 to streamline the adoption procedures," the minister said.
To safeguard the interest of the adopted child, the adoption guidelines provides for post-adoption follow-up by adoption agencies for a period of two years after adoption, she said.