If you are adopting your stepchild, you may apply to MSF to waive the Home Study Report (HSR) if you are a Singapore Citizen. This is not applicable for foreigners adopting their stepchildren.
For a waiver of HSR request, you can submit to us the following documents with your application and state your home address:
- Your NRIC and your spouse’s NRIC
- Marriage Certificate
- Birth Certificate of the child
- Travel documents of the child, if the child does not reside in Singapore.
If your stepchild is a Singapore Citizen, the process is the same as adopting a child who is a Singapore Citizen.
If your stepchild is of foreign citizenship, the process will follow that of adopting a foreign child.
If your stepchild is from the People’s Republic of China, there are additional criteria to fulfill and process to follow. You may refer to adopting a child from People’s Republic of China.
If you are adopting your child born out of wedlock, you are required to submit all the required documents listed above (and a DNA test result for a male parent to prove your paternity) before your request for waiver of Home Study Report can be considered. A DNA test is required even if your name is reflected in the child's birth certificate. The DNA test must include identification details of you and the child.