What are the rules with regard to the child?

Answer: In order to be eligible for adoption, a child must be legally free, meaning that the birth parents should have relinquished the child by signing off papers to that effect. Once this is done, the birth parents have no right over the child. In cases of orphaned, abandoned or lost cases, the baby becomes free for adoption only when the Child Welfare Committee issues a certificate declaring the child eligible for adoption.

Separation of siblings is not permitted under any circumstances.

The best interests of the child must be taken into consideration.

It must be the aim of every agency to place the children in their care with families before they turn 12 years old.

Once a child crosses 6 years of age, the child’s consent becomes crucial in the adoption process.

The agency should be completely satisfied with the credibility of the prospective adoptive parents before a child is placed with them. Post-adoption follow-ups should be carried out to ensure the well being of the child.

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