LEGALLY share a home and a loving family for a child dreaming to have one.
This is the advocacy being promoted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as it spearheads Adoption Consciousness celebration this February with the theme, "Legal na Ampon Ako, Anak na Totoo".
DSWD Social Welfare Officer Jireh Lyn Attiyen said the observance of Adoption Consciousness Week will open with an information booth at SM City Baguio and at the Panagbenga 2015 Baguio Blooms at the Lake Drive of Burnham Park as an IEC (information, education and communication) campaign on legal adoption.
Adoption is defined as a socio-legal process of providing a permanent family to a child whose parents have voluntarily or involuntarily relinquished parental authority over the child. Legal adoption provides the same mutual rights and obligations that exist between children and their biological parents.
There are three types of adoption in the Philippines namely: agency adoption wherein a licensed agency finds and develop adoptive families for children who are voluntary or involuntary committed for adoption; Family or relative adoption where the biological parents make a direct placement of the child to a relative or a member of their extended family; and private or independent adoption that could either be a direct placement to a family known by the child's biological parents or through the use of accredited intermediary.
Attiyen shared in partnership with the Department of Education, Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of Health and the Philippine Information Agency, and their media partners, DSWD hopes to increase awareness on legal adoption process. (Hannah Costales and Kim Tiqui)