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Adoption Policy & Process

Adoption Policy & Process

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. Adopting a child is creating a family. It is not just a legal matter, but one which involves fostering deep human emotional ties

MSF’s role in the adoption includes:

  • prepares an undertaking (Security Bond) for the prospective adopter(s) to bear all costs and collects a Security Deposit ranging from $1,000 to $3,000;
  • issues in-principle approval for the adopter(s) to bring the foreign born child to Singapore to commence adoption proceedings;
  • issues a Visa (if required) and Dependant’s Pass for the foreign born child;
  • the Director-General of Social Welfare, MSF, acts as the Guardian-In-Adoption (temporary guardian for the child) in adoption proceedings;
  • conducts social investigation and prepares the social investigation report and affidavit (a written statement or an oath) for submission to the Court;
  • accredits and oversees voluntary welfare organisations that conduct home study on adopter(s) to determine the adopter’(s) suitability to adopt.

For more information on adoption and related procedures, please visit Adoption Portal.

For frequently asked questions on adoption, please visit

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