Rules change forces Missionaries of Charity to stop adoption

Kolkata, (PTI): Following revision in guidelines on adoption by the Centre, the Missionaries of Charity, set up by Mother Teresa, today said it had stopped adoption at their orphanages two months ago.


“It was two months ago that the Missionaries of Charity decided to discontinue all our adoption work in India. We have voluntarily given up our recognised status to run adoption centres,” a statement issued by the Kolkata-based charity said.

It said that continuing the work, started by Mother Teresa, complying with all the provisions would have been difficult for the organisation.

“This decision was arrived at by the Missionaries of Charity Headquarters in Kolkata soon after we received the new “Guidelines Governing Adoption of Children, 2015″ issued under a notification from the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development,” Missionaries spokesperson Sunita Kumar said in the statement.

“Our adoption work, started by Mother Teresa, has been a fruitful and rewarding experience which has changed the lives of thousands of people…,” she said.

The move comes after revised guidelines were notified in July making single parents (separated, divorced, unwed mothers) eligible to adopt through online registration of prospective parents.

The Women and Child Development Ministry had recently said they would identify those child care homes, which are not complying with the revised guidelines of the Juvenile Justice Act, one of which includes orphanages run by the Missionaries.

The Missionaries said it would continue to serve wholeheartedly and free of charge unwed mothers, children with malnutrition and differently-abled children in all homes/centres run by it, irrespective of caste, creed and religion.


  1. What is the need of enacting a new revision specifically targeting the Missionaries of Charity by the Union Ministry of Women and Charity? The Finance Minister has reduced the budgeting of the same Department into 50%, also the Ministry of Health 20%. Since BJP came into power, Srimit Irani tried to erase the Christmas from the Indian calendar, tried very hard to defame the St. Stephen’s college in New Delhi but now that has been fully backfired.

    Hundreds of NGO lost their funding, and the vast majority of them were Christian Organizations; but the Government is trying to rectify that blunder through some very high pressure. Now, the Women and Charity Ministry targeted the Missionaries of Charity. Any proof is needed to clarify the anti-Christian underlying strategy of the BJP Government in India?

    Since these news are going around the world, it will be alerting the Christian nations of the world about the uneven ground to land their investments in India under the current BJP Government. The 33 million Christians of India being a minority, but they are connected with the Christians of the world, more than 2.3 billion around the world. Also, the BJP Government must realize that the Christians are controlling the economic steering of the whole world.

  2. I quite agree with the sisters of M:T. Ashram.Govt.brings many changes .But here the life of children are in danger.when anyone wants to adapt a child,there should be reasons and a intact Family is needed.when only a single,divorced or unwed persons want to adapt a child ,they Need first think of that childs welfare not self.Either they should think first of having a Partner in wedlock and think of Adaption.when no,then no child.Ina single household child will not feel well protected.who knows they can be misused or make out of them a Business .we never know.second when online ,noone can check who These People are.They can take a child and sell or send to foreign Country as …?Afterall These children may get mental stress when they find gaste Family is accepting them or not.sending from one to other.It is a Prestige house and shall also so remain.May God bless them.

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