Almost 11 wannabe parents had turned down the toddler which was later adopted by actress Sunny Leone.
As per a report by the adoption agency CARA, many were not ready to adopt the toddler. At times, parents are often picky about who they would bring to their home. The adoption process has a lot to do with a child’s colour, appearance and medical history. However, none of the categories affected Sunny and her husband Daniel Weber.
“Without looking at colour, background and health status, Sunny Leone happily took the child in adoption. We respect that they didn’t try to bend the rules and stood in the queue like all the other parents,” Child Adoption Resource Agency (CARA) CEO Lt Col Deepak Kumar said, as per a report.
Sunny registered herself on September 30, 2016, for adopting a child on the web portal of CARA, the apex body for adoption.
On June 21, 2017, she has referred a child. Leone gave her assent for acceptance the very next day as parents are given 48 hours time to accept the child.
She was later allowed to take the child home from Latur in Maharashtra into a pre-adoption foster care. She is now waiting for a court order, which will declare the couple as the legal parents. The child has been named Nisha Kaur and she is nearly two-years-old.
Since Sunny is an overseas citizen of India (OCI), the rules are quite strict for the adoption process in her case.
Preference is given to Indian Nationals only. Around 60 per cent of the children referred to foreign nationals are children with special needs and 90 per cent are those older than two years.
“Since we changed our rules we have been able to place double the number of children and ensure that children spend less time in orphanages and find new homes faster,” Kumar said.