Are you a single woman aged 40 or above? You have been entitled to adopt your heir and have a happy life! As the number of single women increased in the country, Women and Child Development ministry decided to let single women adopt a child if they wished to do so.
“I believe that this is a very good step. We get many requests for adoption through the Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) website and many are from single women. Earlier, preferential treatment was given to couples. This new rule is a welcome change,” says P. Sharadha, the district child protection officer of Kurnool, reports Deccan Chronicle.
While women rights activists claim that the age limit set is too high, Child Development ministry clarify that the age barrier is to check and ensure the women willing to adopt are financially stable enough to safeguard and protect a baby.“I believe the age has been set so that the mother is well-settled in her career and can look after the child by herself. People even younger can apply but preferential treatment will be given to those who are well established,” says Sharadha to DC.
The request from single women who wish to have a family have urged the ministry to take a decision pertaining to it because single women are not always welcomed in the society. The ministry feel this move will benefit the many children who are orphaned by their parents consciously or unconsciously. The age limit will also make sure that the women are capable of supporting a child without any external support.
Earlier, preferential treatment was given only to couples and the new decision seems to have welcomed a new change and benefited the children as well as the women.