No court appearance needed for adoption

The adoption process in the Davao Region has become easier and more streamlined, as it is now solely administrative and no longer requires a court appearance. According to Sheena Lyka Dollolasa, a social welfare officer at the Regional Alternative Child Care Office-Davao Region (Racco-Davao), prospective adoptive parents only need to undergo administrative proceedings and coordinate with social workers to adopt a child. This change is due to the Republic Act (RA) 11642, which established the Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act. While the socialized fee for adoption has not been determined yet, Dollolasa assured that it would not be expensive, as the law states that adoption should not be costly. In addition to adoption, Racco-Davao also provides foster care for neglected, abandoned, foundling, and abused children. Foster parents must meet certain qualifications, including being of legal age, physically healthy, and financially stable. The government provides subsidies for the basic needs of children under foster care, with different amounts allocated depending on the child's age and special needs.

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