DSWD tweaks its adoption procedures to benefit adoptive parents

Published February 10, 2021, 12:47 PM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

Good news for would-be adoptive parents. 

Due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has adjusted its procedures on domestic adoption. 

(Photo by RAUL ARBOLEDA / STAFF / AFP / FILE PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

DSWD Program Management Bureau (PMB) Director Wilma Naviamos said the interviews,  submission of requirements, and matching conferences are  being conducted virtually  to benefit adoptive applicants. 

“The DSWD has already put in several adjustments in the procedure and we have adopted online interviews for our adoptive applicants even in the submission of requirement,” she said in a virtual media forum dubbed

“Family for Children in Need Amidst the Pandemic: Support to Adoption Implementation During the Time of COVID-19” held over the weekend as part of the week-long Adoption Consciousness Celebration (ACC) from Feb. 6 to 12. 

“There are online conferences during matching and other processes, because we know the difficulty in the mobility in the procedures for adoption of our applicants,” Naviamos said. 

The DSWD official said they are developing their adoption portal and the website “so that the concerned stakeholders and the adoptive parents can immediately reach us.”

The DSWD reminded families to undergo legal adoption to protect the welfare of their adopted children.

Legal adoption is the only way to ensure that adopted children will have the same rights as that of biological children, it stressed.

 
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