While the provision of adoption by single parent was stipulated in previous guidelines, it was not law-binding. The present rules make it mandatory for every child care institution to offer children for adoption by prospective parents including single men and women.
Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity are running 18 orphanages across India for the past more than 50 years, which will soon be de-recognised as far as adoption is concerned.

"Adoption is a personal thing. We are not against single parenting. Now a days even single parents can do better look-after of a child. But the rules laid down by the 'Mother' does not make us comfortable with this concept and we do not want to go against it," Sunita Kumari, spokesperson of Missionaries of Charity Sunita Kumar told reporters.
"We will continue to do our work. We feel fortunate that we were able to send children for adoption for so many years. But now if they (Ministry) want to change we cannot do
anything," she said.
After exhibiting its inability to help in the process, the children of these orphanages will be offered for adoption through state government's Child Welfare Committee, Kumari stated. The Missionaries for Charity, which runs the Mother Teresa orphanages, has written to the government to de-recognise their institutions on the ground that they cannot offer children for adoption to single parent.

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