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Masagos Zulkifli on Adoption of Children Bill

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A Bill was put up for debate in Parliament on Monday (May 9) to repeal and re-enact legislation on the adoption of children. The changes aim to better safeguard the child’s welfare and improve governance of the adoption sector. Its proposals were detailed by Social and Family Development Minister Masagos Zulkifli. One major change is that all prospective adopters will have to attend two briefings and undergo an Adoption Suitability Assessment (ASA). The briefings, to be run by authorised adoption agencies, will familiarise potential adopters with the adoption process and how to parent an adopted child, as well as how to disclose the child’s adoptive status at a suitable time. ASA applicants must have lived in Singapore for at least a year, to ensure that their family and support systems are stable. People who have been convicted of serious crimes such as sexual abuse, violence and taking of drugs will not be eligible to adopt. The Bill also seeks to criminalise acts such as advertising children for adoption, inducing birth parents to consent through fraudulent means, and providing false information during the adoption process.

Masagos Zulkifli on Adoption of Children Bill

09 May 2022 03:57pm

A Bill was put up for debate in Parliament on Monday (May 9) to repeal and re-enact legislation on the adoption of children. The changes aim to better safeguard the child’s welfare and improve governance of the adoption sector. Its proposals were detailed by Social and Family Development Minister Masagos Zulkifli. One major change is that all prospective adopters will have to attend two briefings and undergo an Adoption Suitability Assessment (ASA). The briefings, to be run by authorised adoption agencies, will familiarise potential adopters with the adoption process and how to parent an adopted child, as well as how to disclose the child’s adoptive status at a suitable time. ASA applicants must have lived in Singapore for at least a year, to ensure that their family and support systems are stable. People who have been convicted of serious crimes such as sexual abuse, violence and taking of drugs will not be eligible to adopt. The Bill also seeks to criminalise acts such as advertising children for adoption, inducing birth parents to consent through fraudulent means, and providing false information during the adoption process.

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