Legally, individuals and couples can adopt a child, but preference would be given to childless couples in Kerala who had lived together for at least 3 years after marriage. For determining the eligibility to adopt a child certain criteria are fixed for couples and single parent.
Husband and wife should be below 45 years OR The composite age of couples should not exceed 45 years.
Age limit is relaxable upto 55 years in special cases,
provided if the couples are adopting a child who needs specialized care due to problems regarding health.
Either the husband or wife should have,
>Passed the matriculation examination
>Own a home or a permanent employment
> Have a minimum income of Rs.5000/- per month.
The couples should be healthy both mentally and physically.
Couples should not have a criminal background.
They should posses a strong marital relationship.
They should be fully aware of their duties towards the family and the society.
Even if you are single, you can adopt a child, provided you qualify in all the above respects with the below mentioned exceptions:
Should be between 30 and 40 years, and there should be a difference of 21 years between the child and the single parent
But if you are a man, you cannot adopt a girl child.
Single parent should have facilities and relatives to take good care of the child