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DSWD observes adoption consciousness week

By Narrabelle Z. Bue

Zamboanga City (12 February) -- "I can't imagine life without them as my parents!", 15-year-old Marie (not her real name) shared during one of the Adoption Fora that the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office IX (DSWD) has organized for those individuals and couples who intends to adopt a child.

Marie, was in the care of her adoptive parents since she was 3 and since then they have considered her as their very own. Her adoption was facilitated by the social workers of the Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) through legal process, which provided the child the same rights and duties as that of the biological child of the adopting parents.

Adoption is a socio-legal process providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily relinquished their parental authority over the child.

DSWD Regional Director Teodulo Romo said that the department continually advocates for the legal adoption of children and will be spearheading this year's activities in line with the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week from February 6-13, with the theme "Isulong Legal na Pag-aampon, Hindi Simulation".

"Our department encourages prospective adoptive parents to seek advice from our social workers or visit a licensed adoption agency to ensure that they are well-informed as to the processes of adoption. We discourage simulation of birth certificates or making private arrangements in getting a child, as this will only cause difficulties in the adoption procedures and will eventually lead to complications in the future " Director Romo shared.

Various activities are being lined-up in line with the observance, such as the radio talks shows, setting up of adoption desks at public places and hanging of streamers.

Interested individuals or couples willing to adopt must have the following qualifications;

  1. of legal age and at least 16 yrs older than the adoptee
  2. of good moral character
  3. has the capacity to act and assume all rights and duties incident to the exercise of parental authority
  4. in a position to support, educate and care for the child to adopt and;
  5. has undergone pre-adoption services (attendance to adoption forums, etc.)

For more information please visit or call 9916030 or 992-0015 and look for Ms. Myla Villaverde or Ms. Socorro Rojas. (DSWD9/PIA9-BST) [top]

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