Adoption in Singapore : Frequently Asked Questions
You may have seen our earlier post covering frequently asked questions about the adoption process in Singapore, here, we will explore more pertinent questions which you may have about the adoption process in Singapore.
How long will the adoption process take?
If you are adopting a Singaporean child, the process can take a minimum of nine months, according to MSF. This takes into account the duration from the date the Court appoints MSF as the GIA (Guardian-In-Adoption) to the time the social investigations are completed.
You should also factor in the time you need to identify the child for adoption in Singapore through commercial agencies or with the help of MSF's Adoption Service.
The process can take a longer time if:
- adopting a foreign child, as a Home Study Report is required; or
- there are complicating factors involved in the circumstances related to the adopting parents or the family situation.
What documents do I need to file for adoption?
- The Originating Summons as per Form 37 of the FJC ( Family Justice Courts) Practice Directions
- Affidavit that supports the Originating Summons
- The Adoption Statement per Form 38
- Consent by relevant parties (child's parents, guardians or applicant's spouse if adopting alone)
- Identification documents of the child (passport and birth certificate)
- Marriage certificate of applicants
Upon engaging our lawyers, they will be happy to take you through the process and assist to prepare and draft the required documents for adoption.
Do I need to pay the biological parents of the child?
Under the Adoption of Children Act, Chapter 4, Section 11, any type of reward or payment to biological parents is prohibited for the sake of adoption.
If you incur any costs in the process of adopting, you will need to provide a breakdown of the expenses with supporting documents and receipts.
Can I adopt a second child?
While you can adopt a second child, you may be required to wait for a long period of time, (usually nine months or more) before applying for the second adoption.
It is important to ensure the first child you have adopted has bonded and adjusted well with the new environment and your family. Adopting a second child too soon can create uncertainty and confusion for your first adopted child.
The home study report has to be done the second time you are adopting a child that assesses your current situation and how well your first child has adapted.