Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act

Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act, 1956 is one of the two laws under which adoptions take place in India, with the other being the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015. HAMA is only applicable to Hindus.
Currently, there is no permanent mechanism for inter-country direct adoption under the Hindu Adoptions and Maintenance Act. Delhi High Court has directed the Ministry of Women and Child Development to report on this issue within two months and ordered the Central Adoption Resource Authority, which regulates inter-country adoptions, to act according to the HAMA.


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