Cambodia - Register for an Adoption
Adoption is a process whereby a child becomes a member of a new family. It involves creation of a legal and permanent relationship between child and the prospective adoptive parents. In Cambodia there are two types of adoptions, the national adoption where a child is adopted by parents staying in the country and the inter country adoption where a child is adopted by parents staying out site the country. Cambodia is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). The issues of adoption in Cambodia are handled by government through the The Ministry of Social Affairs Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation.
Must be at least thirty (30) years of age with an age between twenty two (22) to forty five (45) years older than the child
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1.National adoption is governed by the marriage and family law in the country;
2.All inter country adoption between must meet the requirements of the Hague Convention;
3.Adoptions can take place within Cambodia’s borders, regardless of nationality;
4.Any adoption is subject to the court’s discretion;
5.Applicants abroad should be will to travel and stay in the country for at least 5 – 10 days. In cases of couples, at least one parent must travel;
6.Children eligible for adoption are eight years and below;
7.A child above eight years may be adopted just in case his or her younger sibling is also being adopted by the same parents;
8.Prospective parents from abroad must be married couples;
9.Applicants must meet the age and marriage requirement;
10.Applicants may have or may have no children;
11.Prospective parents must not have more than one (1) child already (whether biological or adopted);
12.Prospective parents abroad cannot adopt more than one (1) child from Cambodia, unless there are siblings;
13.Prospective parents from abroad must submit application through an authorized inter-country adoption agency;
14.Applicants are entitled to clearing all payments subscribed by the adoption agency;
1.Name of prospective parent (s)
2.Sex, age and marital status of prospective(s)
3.Present address of the applicant(s) / prospective parent (s)
4.Personal and family status of the prospective parents
5.Details of the child to be adopted
6.Period of marriage
7.Medical situation of applicant(s) / prospective parent (s)
8.Financial capacity of applicant(s) / prospective parent (s)
1.In order to successfully adopt a child, start by making a decision to adopt;
- Think about the reason why you want to adopt and see if they are really strong enough;
- Just know that adoption is forever and though may want it may not be okay for every family member therefore find out if adoption is right for you or are you right for adoption;
- Also think about your strengths.
- Find out if you have finance, meet the age health and relationship requirement; and
- Then find out if you are ready for adoption.
- A person ready to adopt must have love to share with a child and must be longing to provide a loving, stable family for a child.
2.After making a decision of adopting, think about the child you would want to adopt; Decide on the age of a child you would want to adopt, the race and sex.
- It is advised that if applicant is adopting for the first time, he / she must start with narrow expectations of the child they want to adopt, and later to widen their views as the adoption process proceeds.
3.Thereafter contact an agency or adoption facilitator to help in the adoption process. In this case you can contact any authorized agency / facilitator that best serves your needs, of which lists of these are availed at the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labour, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation
4.After selecting an agency / facilitator, also make research on the best financial option that suits you in order to facilitate the adoption process.
- At this stage, the applicant explores costs of adoption, understands the adoption tax credit, learns about fundraising ideas, and also discovers loans / grants are available to help a person facilitate the adoption process;
5.Thereafter gather all documents required and make copies of the same;
6.Ensure that a home study is carried out. This is a thorough investigation of the applicant’s home, family, relationships.
- The study is done to decide on which type of child would be the best fit for the applicant’s family.
- The study can be arranged by the adoptive agency (if an applicant contacted one) and if adoption is carried out independently, the adoptive parent is required to find a licensed social worker to perform the home study;
7.Being matched with a child. At this stage, if an agency was contacted, it will help the adoptive parents identify a child that suits their requirements as indicated in step 2;
8.When a child has been identified, adoptive parents think of the most appropriate form of adoption that will make both parties (the adoptive parents and biological parents) feel comfortable.
9.There after legal proceeding to official adopt the child can proceed.
- At this case adoption is legalized in court and parent rights are permanently transferred to the adoptive parents.
10.Then the adoptive parents can take their child home.
Step1. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service provider.
The department of children’s Service can provide a list of currently registered adoption societies
Step2. Apply to be found eligible to adopt.
Cambodian's Adoption Authority will review application to determine if you are also to adopt under the Government law.
Stept3. Be matched with a child.
Stept4. Apply for the child to be found eligible for adoption.
Step 5. Adopt the child and gain legal custody in Cambodia.
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1.Applicant(s)’ copies of identification documents;
2.Proof of age (Birth certificate);
3.Study home report prepared by an authorized social worker / agency;
4.Recommendation from authorized agency / social worker;
6.Proof of residency
7.Police clearance certificates
8.Medical clearance certificates
9.Proof of financial capacity (tax returns and financial statements)
10.Consent from child (above fifteen (15) years
11.Consent of biological parents or surviving relatives of the child;
Fees charged are $1200
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It takes 6 months to one year
1.Cambodia's Adoption Authority
No. 788, Preah Monivong Blvd.,
Sangkat Boeung Trabek,
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: 855-23-725-191 / 725-891
2.The Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MSALVTYR)
No. 68, Norodom Blvd, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Postal Code: 12206
Telephone: ( 855 ) 23 725 191/ 724 091/ 725 891
Fax: (855) 23 427 322/ 217 322
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1.It gives hope to abandoned children;
2.It makes a beginning of new life and family for a child and adoptive;
3.It permanent changes in status of both the child and adoptive parents(s);
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