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Adoption Statistics




Adoption is a legal process by which the rights and responsibilities for a child are given up by one set of parents and undertaken by another. The Court will instruct applicants to seek consent from the Director of Social Welfare from MSF to act as Guardian-In-Adoption (GIA) for the child during the adoption process. The GIA has the duty of safeguarding the interest of the child before the Court and would conduct the necessary social investigations into the circumstances of the adoption application before submitting an affidavit to the Family Court.

  2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Number of Adoption Applications processed by the Guardian-in-Adoption (GIA) 325 418 396 358 352 326 387 375 433 453

​​Source: Ministry of Social and Family Development

Updated on 16 April 2020