Surat: A non-resident Indian (NRI) couple from California has given a new lease of life to two young children from Gujarat—on Thursday, four-and-a-half-year-old Kinjal and her two-and-a-half-year-old brother Sunil were placed in the care of Arvind and Jyoti Somachi, both scientists residing in California.

The siblings were brought to a children’s home at Khundh village in Surat’s Chikli block after they were abandoned by their family in Valsad about a year ago, said social protection officer Sanjay Vasava. “We tried a lot to find their family but we were not able to. Following the legal adoption process, they have now been given a new life. Arvind and Jyoti Somachi will be their new parents, and we have issued an NOC (no-objection certificate) so they can take the children abroad with them,” he said.

Arvind, 49, and Jyoti, 46, are citizens of the US, having emigrated there from Andhra Pradesh 20 and 18 years ago, respectively. With no children of their own, they opted for the adoption route in India about a year and a half ago. The Somachis followed the process prescribed by the Central Adoption Resource Authority, which falls under the Union ministry of women and child development, producing the required documentation and affidavits that would allow them to adopt the siblings.