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DSWD: Know What is Legal Adoption

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan—As part of the celebration of Adoption Consciousness Month with the theme “Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption” on February 19, 2019, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD-R2) encouraged the public to know what is legal adoption.

“Every individual has the right to have a family”, Lucia Allan, Officer in Charge, Assistant Regional Director for Operation, DSWD-R2.

“We should always prioritize the welfare of a child because their psychological aspect is prone to different factors”, Allan added.

Atty. Noel Mora, Chairman, Foster Care Matching Committee, Regional Child Welfare Specialist Group, DSWD-R2 explained domestic adoption and foster care.

“Domestic Adoption is a socio-legal process of giving a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily given up their parental rights”, Mora stated.

On the other hand, Mora also explained foster care, “it refers to the provision of planned temporary substitute parental care to a child by foster parent.

Furthermore, Alternative Family Care Service Unit, Rosario N. Corpuz emphasized who may adopt “any Filipino citizen or alien residing in the Philippines who has qualifications under the Act may adopt of he/she”.

What are the documents needed for adoption: Authentic Birth Certificate, Marriage Contract, Annulment, written consent to the adoption of the legitimate, illegitimate children living with the applicant who are aged 10 years old and above, physical and medical certificate, Psychological Evaluation, NBI/Police clearance, Certificate of Employment and Latest ITR, three character references, 3×5 picture, certificate of attendance to adoption forum and home study report.

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