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Adopting a Child in Singapore

What is the effect of an Adoption Order?

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Upon the order being made, all rights, duties, obligations and liabilities of the parent(s) or guardian(s) in relation to the future custody, maintenance and education of the child shall be extinguished and the adoptive parent(s) shall stand in the position of the parent(s) or guardian(s).

The Registrar of Births and Death will then issue the child’s […]

What is the effect of an Adoption Order?2016-05-31T08:50:42+08:00

What happens during the adoption application?

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During the proceedings, the Attorney-General will usually be appointed by the Court to be the guardian ad litem for the child. The Attorney-General will appoint a welfare officer from the Children & Young Persons Service, to conduct the necessary investigations concerning the proposed adoption. After such investigation, the officer will give an affidavit stating his […]

What happens during the adoption application?2016-05-31T08:49:20+08:00

How should I go about making an Adoption application?

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You should engage a Lawyer to prepare all relevant documents and file a petition in the prescribed format. Some of the documents which will be filed together with the petition are:-

(1) an affidavit verifying the contents of the petition,
(2) the child’s birth certificate,
(3) the marriage certificate of the adoptive parents if the petition […]

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What are the considerations that the Court will take into account before making an adoption order?

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The Court must be satisfied that:-

(1) the parent or guardian who has consented to the adoption understands the nature and effect of an adoption order, i.e. that the order will permanently deprive him/her of his/her parental rights over the child;
 
(2) the order will be for the welfare of the child, and if the […]

What are the considerations that the Court will take into account before making an adoption order?2016-05-31T08:50:08+08:00

If I do not meet the general criteria for Adoption, are there any exceptions that I can rely on?

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Yes, the Court can make an order for adoption in exceptional circumstances such as:-

  1. the Applicant is below 25 years of age and not more than 21 years older than the child, if:-
    • the Applicant and the child are related, or 
    • they are not related but there are special circumstances.
  2. no consent from the parent or guardian […]
If I do not meet the general criteria for Adoption, are there any exceptions that I can rely on?2016-05-31T08:46:54+08:00

What are the criteria for application for adoption of a child?

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Applications are to be made in accordance with the provisions of the Adoption of Children Act.

In general, an adoption order is not made when the sole Applicant is a male and the child is a female unless the Court is satisfied that there are special circumstances which justify making such an exceptional order.

To make an […]

What are the criteria for application for adoption of a child?2016-05-31T08:46:02+08:00

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