SOP needed in reg­is­ter­ing adop­tion of chil­dren

New Straits Times - - News -

KUCH­ING: Sarawak needs to es­tab­lish a stan­dard oper­at­ing pro­ce­dure (SOP) in reg­is­ter­ing the adop­tion of chil­dren, which is be­ing placed un­der district of­fices in the state.

State Wel­fare, Com­mu­nity Well­be­ing, Women, Fam­ily and Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Datuk Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah said the process, in some cases, might dif­fer among dif­fer­ent districts since no spe­cific SOP of reg­is­ter­ing adopted chil­dren was in place.

She said the process be­came more com­pli­cated if it in­volved aban­doned chil­dren, whose cit­i­zen­ship sta­tus could not be iden­ti­fied.

“If we know the sta­tus (of the child), it will be eas­ier. For in­stance, adopt­ing a child from a friend or a rel­a­tive.

“But, there are cases where cou­ples want to adopt chil­dren from the So­cial Wel­fare Depart­ment (mostly aban­doned chil­dren), where chil­dren don’t have any per­sonal doc­u­ments.”

Fa­timah, how­ever, did not sin­gle out district of­fices and was un­able to pro­duce fig­ures on cases re­lated to such prob­lems.

Speak­ing at the launch of Adop­tion Talk here yes­ter­day, Fa­timah said it was im­por­tant to stan­dard­ise the adop­tion process to ad­dress cit­i­zen­ship is­sues among adopted chil­dren.

She said the fail­ure to adopt chil­dren in a proper way would lead to other prob­lems.

She said this in­cluded the child be­ing de­nied cer­tain ben­e­fits given by the govern­ment as well as fac­ing is­sues re­lated to en­rol­ment in schools.

Datuk Fa­timah Ab­dul­lah

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