Adoption under the Juvenile Justice Act

Adoption is one of only a handful of scarcely any ideas that have experienced an extreme change throughout travel from crude to present-day age. Like most other social establishments, appropriation is a result of a recorded and transformative process. This article attempts to clarify various Adoptions laws in India, for example, Laws, Rules and Policy identified with Adoption in Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, Guardians and Wards Act and will likewise discuss a few International Conventions in regards to the equivalent.


Adoption can be a most lovely arrangement for childless couples and single individuals as well as for destitute youngsters. It empowers a parent-kid relationship to be set up between people not organically related. It is characterized as a procedure by which individuals take a kid not destined to them and raise it as an individual from their family.

Adoption as a lawful idea was accessible just among the individuals from the Hindu people group except where custom allows such selection for any area of the country. Only Hindus were permitted to receive the youngsters legitimately, and different networks could just go about as lawful watchmen of the kids. The religion-explicit nature of appropriation laws was a retrograde advance. It fortified practices that were treacherous to kids and obstructed the development of a Uniform Civil Code.

Statutory provisions involved

Article 44 of the Indian Constitution

The State will attempt to make sure about for the residents a Uniform Civil Code all through the domain of India. Throughout the years, a few endeavours were made to plan an overall common law on reception. The endeavours of Parliament toward this path didn’t prove to be fruitful. All these went futile for various reasons. The historical backdrop of every single such exertion doesn’t carry a credit to the mainstream accreditations of the Indian country.

The Adoption of Children Bill, 1972 was not affirmed as the Muslims restricted it. The Adoption of Children Bill, 1980, intending to accommodate an empowering law of reception relevant to all networks other than the Muslim people group, was restricted by the Bombay Zoroastrian Jashan Committee, which framed an uncommon advisory group to absolve Parsis from the bill. The National Adoption Bill, postponed twice in Parliament in the seventies, still can’t seem to enter the resolution books. The historical backdrop of endeavour to acquire the idea of common appropriation into our arrangement of laws portrays a pitiful story of inaction and activity without conviction concerning the assembly. 

Appropriation Legislations in India and order of J.J. Act,2000

The current enactments for appropriation or taking a youngster in authority in India are the following:

The Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act,1956

The Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act (HAMA), 1956, accommodates the reception of Hindu youngsters by the new parents having a place with Hinduism. This isn’t pertinent to different networks like Muslims, Christians, and Parsis. They need to plan of action to Guardians and Wards Act, 1890, wherein they become watchmen of youngsters. Yet, the youngster doesn’t have the status as it would have had, had it been destined to its new parents. One of the highlights of this Act is that no Hindu individual can receive a child or girl, on the off chance that they as of now have an offspring of that sex. Frequently the goals behind the law are acceptable. However, the techniques received miss the mark. The HAMA gives that there ought to be an age distinction of 21 years between the new parents and the embraced kid at whatever point they are of another gender. This is proposed to forestall sexual maltreatment.

The Guardians and Wards Act,1890

Individual laws of Muslims, Christians, Parsis, and Jews don’t perceive total selection. As non-Hindus don’t have an empowering law to embrace a kid lawfully, the individuals having a place with these religions who are covetous of receiving a kid can just take the youngster in ‘guardianship’ under the arrangements of The Guardians and Wards Act, 1890. The rule doesn’t manage appropriation of all things considered, however, for the most part with guardianship. Under this law, when kids turn 21 years old, they no longer remain wards and expect singular characters. They don’t have a programmed right of legacy. New parents need to leave whatever they wish to pass on to their youngsters through a will, which can be challenged by any ‘blood’ relative.

The previously mentioned institutions stay quiet about the vagrant, deserted, and gave up kids. There was no classified enactment managing the reception of the offspring of these classifications. Therefore, a few misguided judgments or inconsistencies showed up regarding the authority, guardianship, or reception of these kinds of kids, which were biased to the enthusiasm of the kids.

Considering all the viewpoints referenced above commendable endeavours were attempted by the governing body by the specifications, which have been made in Chapter IV of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000. This institution shows that the assembly might be found to have acknowledged the idea of common reception whereby with no reference to the network or strict influences of the guardians or the youngster concerned, a privilege seems to have been conceded to all residents to embrace and all kids to be received.

It is relevant to specify here that there emerges disarray with regards to the understanding just as the idea of appropriation as because the articulation Adoption has not been characterized at all in the establishments like HAMA or GAWA. Also, the lawful status of the received kid has not pronounced to be equivalent to that of an organic, authentic youngster. Even though at the underlying stage the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000 didn’t contain these components, these are presented in Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Act, 2006. The idea of appropriation has been all around characterized in Section 2 (aa) of the said Act, which is as per the following:

“Selection implies the procedure through which the received youngster is for all time isolated from his organic guardians and turns into the genuine offspring of his new parents with all rights, benefits, and duties that are appended to the relationship”.

The Act presented an articulation kid needing care and insurance, and it has been characterized in Section 2 (d) of the Act. This definition covers what is implied by a vagrant, relinquished, and gave up kids.

Relevant Provisions for Adoption under the J.J. Act, 2000 and Rules:

Section 41 of J.J. Act, 2000 read with Rule 33(1) of Central Rules communicates the accompanying parts of selection:

The essential point of selection is to give a kid who can’t be thought about by his organic guardians with a changeless substitute family. The group of a kid has the essential duty to give him give it a second thought and security. Vagrant, deserted, or gave up youngsters can be embraced for their restoration through such a system as might be recommended. Such youngsters might be given in reception by a Court with regards to the arrangements of a few rules in regards to appropriation gave by the State Govt./Central Adoption Resource Authority and told by the Central Govt. Be that as it may, the Court ought to be happy with the examination having completed which are required for giving such kids in selection.

For the arrangement of the vagrant, relinquished or gave up youngsters for selection as per the said rules, the State Govt. will perceive in each region at least one foundations or intentional associations as particular selection organizations.

The Children’s Homes and organizations run by the State Govt. or on the other hand deliberate associations for kids needing care and insurance who are vagrant, relinquished or given up, ought to guarantee that these kids are pronounced free for selection by the Committee (Child Welfare Committee). Such cases will allude to the appropriation organization of that region for their arrangement in reception. The rules gave by the CARA and advised by the Central Govt. U/s 41(3) of the Act, will apply for all issues identifying with reception.

Presently, it is important to comprehend what is the Child Welfare Committee. According to Section 2 (f) of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 the articulation Committee implies a Child Welfare Committee established U/s 29 of the Act. Presently it is important to discover the significance of the Child Welfare Committee.

Child Welfare Committee

Section 29 of the Juvenile Justice Act, 2000 accommodates the Child Welfare Committee. The Committee has the sole position to announce the youngster needing care and security who are vagrant, relinquished, or given up free for appropriation.

CWC will decide the legitimate status of all vagrant, deserted, and gave up kids. Capacities and forces of the Committee, strategy according to the Committee, creation of kid before the board of trustees, a technique for request, the method identified with vagrant and deserted kids and system identified with gave up youngsters will be represented as set down in the Juvenile Justice Amendment Act 2006 and its Rules. On leeway from CWC that a specific kid is free for selection, there will be the end of parental rights.

Criteria for the Child to be adopted

Section 41 (5) of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000provides that a youngster will be offered for selection on the satisfaction of the accompanying prerequisites:

  1. If there should arise an occurrence of the surrendered youngster if two individuals from the Committee proclaim the kid lawfully free for the situation. 
  2. If there should arise an occurrence of gave up youngster, if the period two months for reexamination by the guardians is slipped by.
  3. If there should be an occurrence of a kid who can comprehend and communicate his assent if his/her assent is gotten in such a manner.

The Court which will engage the adoption matters

Before the amendment of the J.J. Act, 2000, the Juvenile Justice Board was put rather than the Court for permitting the kid to be given in reception. Be that as it may, the lawmaking body has intentionally revised the articulation Board and supplanted it with the word Court in the J.J. (Change) Act, 2006. So if there should be an occurrence of selection under the Juvenile Justice Act, the petitions ought to be recorded U/s 41 of the Act under the watchful eye of the Court.

Presently it is important to comprehend which Court is explicitly implied by the said Act to manage the appropriation matters of vagrant, relinquished, and gave up kids. Since the J.J. Act doesn’t characterize the articulation court, the Model Rules surrounded by the Central Govt. identifying with appropriation ought to be taken to thought.

As per Rule 33 (5) of the Central Rules under the said Act, the Court infers a common court, which has purview in issues of selection and guardianship and may incorporate the Court of District Judge, Family Court, and City Civil Court.

Be that as it may, the arrangement of the said Rules enabling the Family Court had been exposed to a few reactions by the legal executive. On account of Manuel Theodore D’Souza[1], the Bombay High Court likewise saw that the option to embrace being a crucial right should be equipped for authorization through the common Court as it falls inside the ambit of Sec. 9 of Civil Procedure Code, 1908. It was likewise opined that the District Court or the High Court has the locale to manage the inquiry identifying with selection as this Court regularly manages the debates in regards to care, guardianship, and so forth of kids. It was additionally held that such applications could be documented under the steady gaze of the District Courts practising powers under the Guardians and Wards Act and such applications for the appropriation of the youngster by a gatekeeper must be figured as an incidental application in the appeal in guardianship.

The Hon’ble High Court of Kerala has drawn the comparative end in the ongoing instance of Andrew Mendez and others v. Province of Kerala (2008). It minutely deciphered the articulation Court in J.J. Go about just as the ward of the Family Court as referenced in the Central Rules under J.J. Act and the Family Courts Act. According to Section 7 (1) (g) of the Family Courts Act, the Family Court has the forces/purview to manage the topic of guardianship.

So the inquiry emerges whether guarantee for appropriation can be brought under any sub-statements (a) to (g) of Section 7 (1) of the Family Courts Act with the goal that the Family court must be the Court with the end goal of Section 41 (6). Comparative sort of inquiry emerged on account of Vinod Krishnan v. Teachers of Charity[2], where the Division Bench of Kerala High Court held that the Family Court couldn’t be dressed by the specifications in Section 7(1) to manage a case for selection U/s 9(4) of the Hindu Adoption and Maintenance Act. It is just the District court having the purview to engage such an application. Following this perception, the Kerala High Court in Andrew Mendez’s case opined that Section 7(1) (g) isn’t adequate to dress the Family Court with the ward to think about an application for selection by retribution equivalent to accidental to guardianship and care.

Another significant point was brought up for this situation, i.e., Section 7(2) (b) of Family Courts Act pronounce that the Family court will likewise have and exercise such other ward as might be presented on it by some other order. Even though J.J. Act is an institution, it doesn’t express that Family Court will be the Court with the end goal of Sec. 41(6). Unexpectedly, the Central Rules declared U/s 68 of the J.J. Act gives such purview on Family Court. Yet, it doesn’t fall inside the ambit of authorization as clarified by the High Court in the previously mentioned case. Therefore it was closed by the Kerala High Court that the Family Court doesn’t have locale to engage an application for reception by a gatekeeper U/s 41 (6) of J.J. Act and it can’t be held to be the court U/s 41(6). It is just the District Court, which can have locale to engage such application U/s 41(6) of Juvenile Justice Act, 200 read with Rule 33(5) of the Central Rules.

Laxmi Kant Pandey v. Union of India and Ors[3], is the most significant case in the territory of between nation reception. In 1982, a request was recorded under Article 32 of the Constitution by advocating Lakshmi Kant Pandey asserting acts of neglect and dealing of kids by social associations and willful offices that offer Indian kids for reception abroad. An alleviation was looked for limiting Indian based private organizations “from completing further action of steering youngsters for appropriation abroad” and coordinating the Government of India, the Indian Council of Child Welfare and the Indian Council of Social Welfare to do their commitments in the matter of reception of Indian kids by remote guardians. The Supreme Court set down point by point standards and standards to be followed for the reception of kids by the individuals abroad. Numerous models and references were referred to while ‘talking about the issue, including the legal arrangements and the universal norms.

The Supreme Court of India has set out that each application from an outsider/NRI/PIO (as material) wanting to embrace a kid must be supported by a social or youngster government assistance office perceived or authorized by the Government or a department of the Foreign Govt. to support such cases in the nation in which the outsider is the occupant. The outside organization ought to likewise be an office ‘approved’ via CARA, Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India. No application by an outsider/NRI/PIO for taking a kid in selection ought to be engaged straightforwardly by any social or kid government assistance organization in India.

In the appearance of the judgment, the Hon’ble Supreme Court set down rules for between nation selections and barely any years from that point onward. The J.J.Act was established to at last classify a common (accentuation included) rule for appropriations. In the specialist’s sentiment, we as a country are as yet partitioned and battling with strict convictions. To such an extent that a procedure as normal and giving as the birth of youngsters and afterwards reception is being hauled into the umbrella of strict governmental issues.


The enactment of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000, and its resulting alteration in 2006 is certainly a noteworthy exertion of the governing body towards an acknowledgement of the selection of vagrant, relinquished and gave up kids by individuals independent of their strict status. It can’t be denied that it is a common enactment just under which any individual can receive an offspring of vagrant, relinquished and gave up youngster independent of his/her religion. It is more kids arranged not at all like different enactments.

Yet, it might be referenced while some more factors should be considered explicitly by the governing body. As, this Act specifies selection by any individual independent of his/her conjugal status, yet it doesn’t determine whether the assent of the other companion is required to be gotten by the receiving life partner on the off chance that appropriation by a wedded couple. This may make misguided judgments among the Hindus as in Hindu Laws (HAMA) taking assent of the spouse by her better half is a fundamental standard for appropriation. Furthermore, the articulation Court has not been explicitly characterized with the end goal of appropriation under this Act because of inappropriate errors/misguided judgment emerges as often as possible in recording the application for selection by the new parents. Thirdly, the Act is quiet about the measures for age contrast between the adoptee and new parents if they are of another gender.

This is a fundamental factor for appropriation, which ought to be considered earnestly to forestall kid misuse and dealing. Every one of these realities is pertinent to all religions, and in this manner, it is important to indicate them for the enthusiasm of the kids. We ought to always remember the push of the National Policy for the Welfare of Children (1974) that The Nation’s youngsters are an especially significant resource. Their support and concern are our duty.

Frequently asked questions

  1. What do you mean by ‘adoption’ under Juvenile Justice Act?
  2. What are the relevant provisions of adoption under the J.J. Act?
  3. Which Court is authorized or is engaged under adoption matters?
  4. What are the relevant Indian cases related to adoption under the J.J. Act?


[1]II (200) DMC 292

[2]1997 (2) KLT 863

[3] W.P. (Crl.) No. 1171 of 1982

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