CSA – Catalysts for Social Action is a Not-For-Profit organization dedicated to the cause of child welfare and rehabilitation for children living in orphanages. CSA was established in September 2002, and is registered as a Society under the Societies Registration Act 1860 and as a Trust under Bombay Public Trust Act 1950.

CSA can be contacted via any of the mentioned options –

Registered address: C/O Accelya Kale Solution Ltd., 1st Floor, Sharada Arcade, Satara Road, Pune – 411037, Maharashtra
Head office address: C/O Accelya Kale Solution Ltd., 3rd Floor, Modi House, Eastern Express Highway, Naupada, Thane (W), Mumbai – 400602, Maharashtra
Phone Number – Pune: 020-66083777 extn.: 3718
Phone Number – Mumbai: 022-67808888 extn.: 8781
Email: info@csa.org.in

CSA works as a “catalyst” focusing on a holistic approach to child care and optimal rehabilitation outcomes.

In the area of enabling holistic child care, we support a number of child care institutions in the areas of Health & Hygiene, Nutrition, Education, Vocational skills, Infrastructure support and Recreation activities. CSA not only cares but also goes beyond, thus, enabling children to be self sufficient and become contributing members of society.

As part of optimal child rehabilitation, CSA facilitates Adoptions in the country; we work with existing adoption agencies in rural areas to facilitate the quality, speed and number of adoptions in India. We have successfully facilitated over 215+ adoptions in India, so far. We believe that Adoption is the best form of child rehabilitation. Our intention is to ensure that every adoptable child should find a home.
We continue to make a valuable difference to 2800+ children across 55+ child care institutions in 4 states that we support.


CSA’s work revolves around our ‘4 Pillars of Work’ which are –

  1. Support Children in Orphanages: Provide quality care together with academic, vocational and career support to children in orphanages and destitute homes so that they can grow into contributing members of our society. Our child care focus revolves around the following areas:
    1. Health
    2. Hygiene
    3. Nutrition
    4. Education
    5. Vocational Skills Support
    6. Exit Preparation
    7. Recreational Activities
    8. Infrastructure Support
    9. Capacity Building of Childcare Institutions (CCIs)
  1. Adoption Facilitation: Act as a catalyst to promote adoptions as well as facilitate the placement of children in rural agencies and enable movement of adoptable children from Destitute Homes to Adoption Agencies. Support to-be-parents through the adoption process by providing information, handholding them through the process and providing post adoption support.
  1. Stakeholder Training and Sensitization: Conduct awareness and sensitization workshops for different stakeholders like social workers, care takers, lawyers, Govt. officials, higher authorities of institutions. Work with officials of childcare institutions to better equip them to handle enhanced child care.
  1. Advocacy and Research: Escalate issues that deter the holistic care of children in CCIs or the adoption process and seek Government / Judicial intervention to bring about change in policies / processes. Work towards creating public awareness about adoption and issues related to children residing in orphanages.

CSA has a good mix of donors & funding partners which includes Corporates, Retail funding partners, Trusts and Individual donors. We are listed on funding organizations such as Give India and Global Giving and receive public funds through them. We also raise funds through public fund-raising events and also through donations.

Yes, CSA is accredited by Give India and Global Giving. In addition, CSA has post due-diligence and has been listed/accredited by Credibility Alliance, CSO Partners, ReSource Alliance and very recently by the National CSR Hub.

CSA works on improving childcare conditions – nutrition, health, education, recreation; living facilities – infrastructure, sanitation, potable water, hygiene; prepare children to be able to stand on their feet after exiting from the CCI – vocation & exit preparation and work conditions – childcare and record-maintenance in its partner-agencies/childcare institutions. We also work closely with CCIs in their capacity building and raising standards of childcare & protection in tune with stipulations in the Juvenile Justice Act (Care & Protection) 2000

Adoption is the process whereby a child not born to a parent(s), is taken as one’s own, through a legal process which declares the child as the child of her adoptive parent(s) and confers on her, all the rights and privileges of a natural child.

Childcare Institutions/Orphanages and Adoption Agencies are two distinct places working with two different objectives. Childcare Institutions or CCIs/Orphanages are places where they provide care and protection to a child who needs them. These could be taking care of orphans but not necessarily those that have no family of any sort. Adoption Agencies or placement agencies are places that exclusively deal with placing an orphan child in adoption.

Adoption is regulated by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, (WCD) Government of India. The Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) (www.cara.nic.in) an autonomous body under the Ministry formulates policy and regulates practice. Childcare Agencies recognized by the State Government are further licensed by CARA to place children in adoption. CARA monitors their performance through the State Government machinery.

The following person(s) can adopt:

  • Indians in India
  • Indians outside India (NRI, OCI, PIO)
  • Foreigners who are citizens of countries that have ratified the Hague Convention on Inter-country Adoption, 1993.
  • Indians who live in countries which are not signatories to the Hague Convention

The following conditions have been stipulated:

  • An individual above 25 years of age, irrespective of his/her marital status.
  • Parents, irrespective of the number or sex, of the living biological children.
  • A childless couple.
  • A married couple must be married for more than 2 years and the marriage must be stable.
  • A married couple whose composite age does not exceed 90 years and where the individual ages of either of the prospective parents is not less than 25 years and more than 50 years may adopt a child of less than 3 years of age.
  • A married couple whose composite age does not exceed 105 years and where the individual ages of either of the prospective parents is not less than 25 years and more than 55 years may adopt a child above the age of 3 years;
  • A single PAP should be less than 45 years to be eligible to adopt a child below 3 years.
  • A single PAP should not be less than 30 or more than 50 years to adopt a child above 3 years
  • Couples in live-in relationship are not eligible.
  • The PAPs should have adequate financial resources to provide a good upbringing to the child.
  • The PAPs should have good health and should not suffer from any contagious or terminal disease or any such mental or physical condition, which may prevent them from taking care of the child.
  • Except in the case of siblings, a second child may be adopted only when the legal adoption of the first child has been finalized.
  • A single male cannot adopt a girl child.

Adoption process is classified into two types. The procedure and the governing rules for both are very different. The two classifications based on residential location of persons wishing to adopt are:

  1. In-country Adoption
  2. Inter-country Adoption

Know in detail about In-country Adoption and Inter-country Adoption process.


Yes; A RIPA is required to follow 80:20 ratio in the case of in-country vs. inter-country adoptions. Special needs children do no form a part of the 20% limitation.

The CARA Guidelines do not impose restrictions about single parents adopting from India. However, a single male cannot adopt a child of the opposite sex.

If  the foreign national is a citizen of a country that has ratified the Hague Convention and, has been living in India for one year or more, the Prospective Adoptive Parents PAP(s) may approach CARA along with a certificate of  ‘No-objection to the proposed adoption’ from the Embassy/Mission of the country of their nationality. The Embassy/Mission shall in addition, give an undertaking for post-adoption follow-up (as stipulated in Chapter IV of the CARA Guidelines).

The procedures stipulated under these Guidelines for inter-country adoption shall be followed by the RIPA. Please refer to Inter Country adoption process and guidelines for further detail.

In the case of Indian nationals residing in a country where there is no AFAA or CA to sponsor applications, CARA may allow an organization or individual recommended by the concerned Indian Mission to do the Home Study Report (HSR) and prepare adoption dossier which would then be forwarded to CARA through the Indian Embassy or High Commission.

An official of the concerned Indian Mission may also prepare the HSR and the adoption dossier.

The organization or individual recommended by the concerned Indian Mission shall also be required to give an undertaking to CARA to send progress reports for a period of two years following legal adoption and also take action, as stipulated in these Guidelines, in case of disruption of adoption or repatriation of adopted child.

Adoptions by repatriated Indian nationals holding Indian passport who have returned to India and have been residing in India for more than one year, will be processed as an in-country adoption.

The PAP’s are required to contribute towards the Child Care Corpus (CCC) maintained by the agency from where they are adopting the child. This amount shall also cover all expenses incurred to finalize the adoption. However, the adoption agency may decide to waive off or reduce this amount in exceptional cases. The amount to be contributed by PAP’s is as under:-

(i) Amount to be contributed towards CCC in case of in country Adoptions: Rs 40,000/- (Besides, the PAPs are required to pay Rs.5000 towards HSR and Rs.1000 towards registration.)

(ii) Amount to be contributed towards CCC in case of Inter country Adoptions US $5000/-(prescribed at Para 107(part I & II)

No, CSA helps with in-country placements only. In exceptional cases where a child is waiting and a NRI parent may be interested, and where the child can be transferred as per the CARA Guidelines, CSA can pitch in.

  1. CSA partners CARA-registered agencies in the identified states and assists them in
    -Finding homes/parents for adoptable children in those agencies.
    -Improving childcare, living and work standards.
  1. locally with Government Officials, CWC, Judiciary, Police and other stakeholders that are a part of the processing chain.
  2. Intra-agency and with orphanages within a geographical cluster.

No; CSA works with CARA-registered Placement agencies.

No; CSA has no knowledge beyond what is provided by the agency. The agencies being CARA- registered, we depend on the information provided by the agency.

A Prospective Adoptive Parent (PAP) Registration form is available on the CSA Website. They can also get in touch with us via phone or mail.

No; CSA does not charge for its services.

CSA sends the following documents:

– A ‘Basic note on Adoption’

-CARA-list of documents that the parent will require during adoption process
-PAP Form

-CSA also directs the adoptive parent to the CARA Website for complete information on the regulation governing Child Adoption in India.

The timeframes would depend on the availability of children in a particular agency. However, since the agencies are in rural locations where local adoptions are low, children are more often available for placement than the city-agencies.
Going by past experience the time frame is 6-9 months.

CSA facilitates the adoption process by guiding the persons who approach CSA seeking assistance for adoption. We facilitate adoption from rural agencies in states of Maharashtra, Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Goa by connecting the persons seeking to adopt with an agency that has an adoptable child meeting the persons’ requirements. We maintain adoption information repository and provide helpful adoption related information to information seekers.

Adoption process is shown as below:


CSA runs Adoptive Parents’ Associations to address pre and post adoption issues through discussion of support group’s experiences

Adoptive Parents’ Associations

Name & Address Contact Person Type of Association Details

Vora House,50 Bajaj Road,
Vile Parle,(w)
Mumbai – 400056, INDIA
Mr. Gaurang Mehta Public Trust
view details
C/o Dr. Saraswati Srinath
526, 17th Cross,
6th Phase J.P.Nagar,
Bangalore – 560078
Dr. Saraswati Srinath Adoption Support
view details
an association for
adoptive parents

517 Jodhpur Park,
Kolkata 700 068

Mr.Anup Dewanji(secretary) Adoption Support
view details
SuDatta Adoptive
Families Association 

18(30) Sriram nagar
Chennai – 600 041
Vidya Shankar    


Donations to CSA can be made both online and offline.
Online: (For Indian Nationals only)
– By credit card/debit card/net banking using the secure donation page.

Your information is completely secure. Once you have submitted the information, the data is securely transferred to our payment service provider & the payment is securely processed. We will not use any financial information that you have provided here for anything other than processing your donation.

– By online bank transfer payment via RTGS or NEFT

Our bank details are as follows:-
Name: Catalysts for Social Action
Bank Name: HDFC Bank Ltd
A/C No: 50100041252350
Branch Address: Saket Branch, Thane
IFSC : HDFC0002504

Offline: (For Indian & Foreign Nationals)
Donations can be remitted by Cheque/Demand Draft in favor of “Catalysts for Social Action” payable at Thane and forwarded to:

Catalysts for Social Action
C/o Accelya Kale Solutions Ltd.
3rd floor, Modi House, Naupada,
Eastern Express Highway
Thane : 400 602
Tel : 022 67808888

Please provide the following information while remitting payment –

– Complete mailing address
– E-mail address
– Contact number
– PAN (Permanent Account Number)

In case of foreign nationals, please provide a copy of passport in addition to the above documents.

Yes, all donations to Catalysts for Social Action are exempt under section 80G of the Income Tax Act, 1961. The donation receipt shall be mailed within 15 days from the date of realization of your Cheque/Demand Draft.

Yes, they can, but through accounts maintained in India only.

To enroll for monthly donations, kindly email us with your details to info@csa.org.in.

Yes, CSA is registered under Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA). Please write to us for remittance instruction.

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