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section provides a summary on Adoption matters at the Family Justice Courts.
The information provided below is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. The Family Justice Courts cannot provide legal advice or assist with drafting the contents of any document.
References to legislation
Adoption is a legal process, governed by the Adoption of Children Act (Cap. 4). When an adoption order is passed by the court, the child's legal ties with the biological parents are severed and the adoptive parents will assume all rights, obligations and responsibilities over the child.
Before you submit an application for adoption to the Family Justice Courts, there are several pre-application procedures that you must complete. For more information on the pre-application procedures, please see the following links at the MSF Website:
If you are adopting a Singaporean or Permanent Resident child (https://www.msf.gov.sg/Adoption/Pages/How-to-adopt-a-citizen-or-PR.aspx)
If you are adopting a foreign child (excluding children from the People's Republic of China) (https://www.msf.gov.sg/Adoption/Pages/How-to-adopt-a-foreign-child-excluding-children-from-the-Peoples-Republic-of-China.aspx)
If you are adopting a child from the People's Republic of China (https://www.msf.gov.sg/Adoption/Pages/How-to-adopt-a-child-from-the-Peoples-Republic-of-China.aspx)
Substantive issues arising in adoption proceedings are beyond the scope of this section, which focuses only on uncontested adoption proceedings. This section illustrates the general procedural guidelines and is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all the procedural issues which may arise in adoption proceedings.
following table summarises the case-flow for adoption proceedings. If you are
applying to adopt a child, you are known as the Applicant.
The following documents will be filed through the eLitigation system:
The Registrar will appoint a day for hearing of Prayer 1(a), 1(b), and 1(c) of the Originating Summons for adoption, meaning:
Additional documents should be filed, including the:
During the first hearing, the Judge may grant an Order in Terms for Prayers 1(a), 1(b), and 1(c).
Applicant or Applicant(s)' counsel will file a Request for Further Hearing of Originating Summons and will serve on the relevant persons, unless the order of dispensation of service has been obtained.
If the Dependent's Pass has been renewed, it will be filed and exhibited in an affidavit.
Click here to go to the Adoption FAQs. Then select Family Protection and Support. There is more information on the procedures for filing an application for adoption of a child and serving the relevant documents.
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