Where are India’s Children registered as Child Welfare and Action Foundation

Paving the way home for every child



Thematic area

Democracy and Governance

Region(s) of work

Maharashtra, Telangana

Company Size



Children and Youth, Policy, Technology


Accelerator, Incubator

About the Organization

“Where Are India’s Children’s (WAIC’s) vision is to ensure every eligible child in India’s child shelters is evaluated for adoption so that they have the potential to reach a family. Our mission is to fulfil the vision by working Pan India with State Women and Child Development authorities to create a sustainable process for evaluating children for adoption in child shelters.

WAIC conducted field study of child shelters, adoption agencies, and relevant government bodies, in the Pune district in 2019-2020 leading to deployment and implementation of technology-enabled groundwork pilots in Maharashtra and Telangana in 2021-2022. These pilots resulted in 100+ children coming into the legal adoption pool, and receiving state-wide approvals. WAIC trained 400+ government workers in Telangana in 2021-2022 on the process of making eligible children legally adoptable. “

Active Founder(s)

Smriti Gupta %designation% Smriti is a Child Rights Campaigner and a Partnerships & Marketing professional. She is working to drive awareness and find lasting solutions for India’s most vulnerable children. Smriti is an adoptive mother of two daughters and a champion for the adoption of children with special needs, older children, and siblings. Smriti has previously worked with technology companies such as Wikimedia Foundation, PayPal (eBay), and Synopsys. She is an alum of the Indian School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University, and The Cooper Union.
Protima Sharma %designation% Protima is an Entrepreneur in Human Resources and a Certified Adoption Counsellor. Inspired by her own experience of adopting her daughters, she is committed to the cause of child welfare and adoption in India. Using her experience of building successful startups, Protima applies her business acumen to solve some of the key problems in the child welfare mechanism. She is an alum of the Indian Institute of Science.
Meera Marthi %designation% Meera is an ICF Certified Coach and a Certified Adoption Counsellor. Being an adoptive mother herself, Meera is passionate about working with children and spreading awareness about adoption. Pursuing both these passions, Meera joined WAIC as a director and co-founder. Meera in her previous avatar worked as a technology professional in companies like Oracle in the U.S.A and Apps Associates in India. Meera is an alum of Osmania University.