New Delhi: Days after actress Sunny Leone adopted 21-month-old baby girl Nisha from an orphanage in Latur (Maharashtra), the CEO of Child Adoption Resource Agency (CARA), the apex body for adoption, told news agency PTI that Nisha's application was turned down by 11 prospective parents before she finally went home with Sunny Leone and her husband Daniel Weber. "Without looking at colour, background and health status, Sunny Leone happily took the child in adoption," CARA's Lt Col Deepak Kumar told PTI. Sunny Leone, who attended the Vogue Beauty Awards in Mumbai on Wednesday, talked about her toddler at the event and said: "Daniel and I are very happy that this little girl chose us. We are very, very thankful to god for bringing this beautiful little girl into our lives."
Watch Sunny Leone talk about Nisha at the award show
Sunny Leone and Daniel Weber applied for adoption on CARA's web portal in September last year and they were referred to Nisha on June 21. They accepted Nisha into their lives the following day, reports PTI. "We respect that they didn't try to bend the rules and stood in the queue like all the other parents," said Lt Col Deepak Kumar. Sunny and Daniel completed the formalities and took Nisha from Latur to a pre-adoption foster care. They are now awaiting a family court's legal order to complete the adaptation-related paperwork.
Lt Col Deepak Kumar told PTI that adoptive parents are often choosy about the baby they bring into their homes. Talking about the children referred to foreign nationals like Sunny Leone and Daniel Weber, the CARA CEO said: "60 per cent are special needs children and 90 per cent are those older than two years." He added that it shows that these children find 'less acceptability among domestic applicants.'
Meanwhile, Sunny Leone's pending big screen presence will be marked by her dance number Piya More in next month's Baadshaho. She is also awaiting the release of Tera Intezaar, co-starring Arbaaz Khan.
(With PTI inputs)