Online Adoption is Illegal, Considered as Child Trafficking – DSWD

DSWD Considered Online Adoption as Illegal Activity and Child Trafficking

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warned the public that online adoption is illegal and can be considered child trafficking.

The DSWD Spokesperson Irene Dumlao has warned the public to avoid its coordination with online adoption groups. DSWD said it was illegal and considered child trafficking.

“Nag-aalok sila…na ifacilitate ng online adoptions na hindi na kinakailangang dumaan sa proseso na isinasagawa ng DSWD and ng…court,” said DSWD Spokesperson.

DSWD Online Adoption
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Dumlao said child trafficking is punishable under Republic Act No. 9208, or Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act, based on the article of Manila Bulletin. Despite the punishable act, the individuals are free from the criminal raps.

With the Republic Act 11222 enacted in 2018, the individuals involved in the work are exempted on criminal, civil, and administrative liability “provided a petition for adoption with a rectification of the simulated birth record is filed within 10 years from the effectiveness of the Act. ”

“Simulation of birth record refers to the tampering of the civil registry to make it appear in the record of birth that a child was born to a person who is not such child’s biological mother, causing the loss of the true identity and status of such child,” according to the DSWD.

Dumlao said the illegal adoption also puts the lives of children at risk. Dumlao stressed that the most important factor that an adoptive parent should have is “to act and assume all the rights and responsibilities incident to the exercise of parental authority.”

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