My husband (Indian citizen) and myself (US citizen) have adopted a baby from the birth parents directly under the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act. We are now staying in India with our baby for 2 years after which time we will be applying for immigration with our child.
My question is regarding the actual adoption per HAMA...is this recognized as a full and final adoption per Indian law? We did satisfy all the conditions under HAMA, ie: both Hindu, no children, did handing over ceremony.
The adoption deed was signed by both birth parents as well as by my husband and myself and was registered with the sub-registrar.
Do we still need a court order? My understanding is that court order is for cases where the guardianship of the child is not with the birth parent which was not the case here.
Do we need CARA's approval?
Any advice would be welcomed regarding the legality of this adoption in the eyes of the Indian legal system.