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A Study of Adult Adoptees in India Placed Domestically in India through BSSK, Pune

Groza, Victor, Park, Hyeshin and Oke, Meera (2012) A Study of Adult Adoptees in India Placed Domestically in India through BSSK, Pune. Project Report. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, USA.

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Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra ( is involved in 'Seva' or service as a non-profit making, non-political Indian Charitable Trust. BSSK provides professional social, welfare services to children, women and families in need. BSSK’s programs include a Child Care Centre, Foster Family Care, Adoption and a Community Center that supports children for Educational Sponsorship activities. BSSK operates the adoption program under auspices of CARA, the Central Adoption Resource Authority (

In 2000, BSSK undertook the planning for their first study of domestic adoptions with support from Holt International Children Services and under the leadership of Dean Hale. Since that first effort to follow up with adoptive families who adopted through BSSK, they have conducted additional studies including Norwegian adoptive families of Indian children and American adoptive families of Indian children. All the children were adopted through BSSK and most were under the age of 18 when these studies were undertaken. This report represents a new initiative for BSSK because the study focuses on adult adoptees.

CARA is an autonomous body under the Ministry of Women & Child Development, Government of India. It functions as the nodal body for adoption of Indian children and is mandated to monitor and regulate in-country and inter country adoptions. CARA is designated as the Central Authority to deal with inter-country adoptions in accordance with the provisions of the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, 1993, ratified by Government of India in 2003.

Starting in 2010, BSSK worked with the US research team to develop a project to study adult adoptees in India who were adopted through BSSK and placed domestically. The study was designed to focus on early adulthood. Little is known about this period for adoptees in general and domestic adoption in Indian in particular. This is the first known study of adult adoptees in India that uses scientific methods such as standardized measures and sampling strategies. Results from this project will have implications for both policy and practice at BSSK at the micro level and for adoption practice in India at the macro level. It will help strengthen pre and post adoption services. This is timely since currently some major restructuring is happening in adoption and services for children in India.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children > Child Development
Divisions: Centre For Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2016 14:24
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2016 14:27

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