Before you Adopt
Before you begin the adoption process, it will be prudent to understand what is adoption all about.
In Singapore, the Adoption of Children Act oversees the adoption of any young persons under the age of 21. Through this legal process, the biological parents give up all their rights over the child and the adoptive parents acquire all rights, duties and liabilities in relation to the child.
This means that the adoptive parent is now the legal parent to the child and is able to make decisions for the child. The biological parent cannot interfere with any of your decisions as an adoptive parent.
To adopt, there are a few eligibility criteria to meet:
- You and the child must both be a resident of Singapore.
- You must be 25 years old and above.
- You must be at least 21 years older than the child.
However, you may be allowed to adopt the child even if you are less than 21 years older than the child and under 25, if you are related by blood to the child or if there are exceptional circumstances.
A male unmarried applicant is also prohibited from adopting a female child unless there are exceptional circumstances justifying it.
Furthermore, you will also need to obtain various consents from the following person(s):
- Your spouse, if applicable;
- The biological parent or legal guardian of the child, or;
In special circumstances, the Court may dispense with the consent. These circumstances may include the parent abandoning or being unfit to continue caring for the child.
For more information, please contact our lawyers for a more detailed discussion.
It is important to note that it is unlawful for either the adoptive parents or the parent/guardian of the child to make or receive payment or similar reward in consideration of adopting a child under the Act unless it has been sanctioned by the Court.