How do I file for adoption?

Apply to the Family Court through a lawyer or in person. Refer to the State Courts of Singapore - Adoptions for the legal process.

How long does it take to process an adoption application?

Between five and seven months from application to approval from the Court.

How much do I have to pay the child's biological parents?

Section 11 of the Adoption of Children Act (Chapter 4) prohibits any payment or reward to the biological parents for the adoption of the child, unless it is allowed by the Court in Singapore.

If any cost is incurred in the transfer of the child, prospective adopters are required to provide itemised breakdown of the cost and justify it with supporting documents and receipts.

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Number of children legally adopted last year, according to the Ministry of Social and Family Development.