DSWD pushes for legal adoption

February 5, 2012 11:41 am 

MANILA, Feb. 4 –Based on DSWD records, there are 216 abandoned children housed at its Reception and Study Center for Children needing parental care. The DSWD added that there may be prospective adoptive families interested to adopt a child but tend to think that the adoption process is tedious and expensive. Hence, they put off adopting a child.

Legal adoption gives the child the same rights and duties as that of a biological child of the adoptive parents, including the rights to use the surname of the adoptive parents. “The DSWD is advocating legal adoption to provide stable homes to the growing number of children who are orphaned, abandoned or neglected and who are in need of families who will love, care and protect them,” DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman said.

According to Secretary Soliman, the process of legal adoption is not tedious and not expensive: “There are fees to be paid in the process of legalization of adoption, such as lawyer’s fees, filing fees, publication fees which may cost P30,000 up. You have to consult your lawyer on the services and other arrangements included in the fees. It takes about one to two years from the date of application to finalization of adoption.” The Secretary explained that the 2 years include six months trial custody of the child.

Prospective adoptive families may inquire about adoption process and procedures at the Adoption Resource and Referral Unit of DSWD-NCR located in Sampaloc Manila or the nearest DSWD Field Office. Likewise, the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation located in 10th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City and NORFIL Foundation, Inc. located in Mother Ignacia corner Roces Avenues, Quezon City, are both licensed/accredited child placement agencies and can assist families who are interested to adopt.

This February 4-10, the DSWD leads the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week with the theme "Isulong! LEGAL na PAG-AAMPON." The event aims to enhance public awareness on adoption processes and procedures and on the growing number of orphaned, abandoned or neglected Filipino children in need of love and permanent families. Based on DSWD data on domestic adoption from 2000 to 2011, there were 6,558 children placed for adoption.

To highlight the celebration, the National Organizing Committee chaired by the DSWD has lined up several activities starting with a motorcade from Luneta Park in Manila to Quezon City Memorial Circle on February 4.

Other activities include: Adoption Forum on February 10 on the topics detection and prevention of birth simulation and role of media in promoting legal adoption, setting up of Adoption Help Desks in different SM and Ayala malls in Metro Manila on February 5 where prospective adoptive parents can seek advice on adoption procedures manned by social workers from the DSWD and partner-NGOs.

Joining the DSWD in organizing the event are: Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB); Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC); Association of Child Caring Agencies of the Philippines (ACCAP); Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF); Foster Care Association of the Philippines (FCAP); Parenting Foundation of the Philippines (PFPI); Adoptive Families Foundation (AFF); NORFIL Foundation, Inc. and SM Foundation, Inc. ### 3 February 2012 (DSWD-Social Marketing Service)(PNA)

RSV/PR-DSWD

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