Under the Juvenile Justice Act, CARA has been given the status of a statutory body. A statutory body is a body which has been set up by a law enacted by the Parliament.

Help and Support

Last updated on Apr 8, 2022

If you require any help, support or you want to raise an issue regarding the adoption, you can contact the following authorities: 

Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA)

CARA primarily deals with non-religious adoption(( Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015.)) of orphan, abandoned and surrendered children through its associated /recognised adoption agencies.

  • Helpline of CARA: 1800-11-1311.You may call this number between 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM between Monday to Friday. 
  • Email Address of CARA: carahdesk.wdc@nic.in 


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