This section deals with the procedure for applying for adoption in the Family Justice Courts (FJC) with effect from 1 January 2015. The procedure in this section also applies to proceedings commenced before 1 January 2015 provided the matters are heard in the FJC. The information in this section does not cover the procedure that applies if your case is in the High Court, or had commenced before 1 April 2006.

The information provided below is general in nature and is not intended as legal advice. The FJC cannot provide legal advice or assist with drafting the contents of any document.

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Before you submit an application for adoption to the FJC, 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 Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) Website:  

If you are adopting a Singaporean or Permanent Resident child, click here.

If you are adopting a foreign child (excluding children from the People's Republic of China), click here.

If you are adopting a child from the People's Republic of China, click here.

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.

Making an adoption application under the Adoption of Children Act for an infant below 21-years old