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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.