R.A. 11222: Faster and Simpler Adoption Process in the Philippines

Right after college, two of my friends adopted children from the orphanage that we used to visit when we were finishing our thesis for social work.  Although we were in our 20s, both of them still did not have jobs at the time they applied for the children’s adoption. This became a deterrent to theContinue reading “R.A. 11222: Faster and Simpler Adoption Process in the Philippines”

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Domestic Adoption: Can I Adopt My Own Child?

Joy gave birth to her eldest daughter before she turned 17 years old.  Since she was too young to care for her infant, her parents decided to claim Joy’s daughter as their own.  The baby was named Mia and Joy’s parents were listed as the baby’s parents in her birth certificate. Ten years later, JoyContinue reading “Domestic Adoption: Can I Adopt My Own Child?”

What’s In A Last Name: What Last Name to Give Your Child if You are Not Yet Married to His Father

Of all the questions and clarifications we regularly receive through this blog, changing the last name of an illegitimate child tops our list.  These questions often come from single moms who either: Gave their maiden last name to their illegitimate child and now wants the child to use the last name of the biological father;Continue reading “What’s In A Last Name: What Last Name to Give Your Child if You are Not Yet Married to His Father”

The Quezon City Hall Series: Court Decrees and Legitimation

Parents who have children born before they were married can have their children legitimized by executing an Affidavit of Legitimation.  This must be submitted to the Office of the Civil Registrar of the child’s birthplace.  Court decrees, on the other hand, are legal instruments concerning the status of a person such as Admission of Paternity,Continue reading “The Quezon City Hall Series: Court Decrees and Legitimation”

Requirements and Processes when Adopting a Child in the Philippines

How does one adopt a child in the Philippines?  Whether you are adopting a child from any of the local orphanages and DSWD offices in the country, or the child of a relative, or maybe even your own child, you need to be aware of the requirements and processes you have to go through.  BeContinue reading “Requirements and Processes when Adopting a Child in the Philippines”

Adopting a Foundling vs. Birth Simulation: What are the Pros and Cons?

After last Tuesday’s post on the characterization of a Foundling, I received numerous inquiries on adopting a foundling.  There were a handful who asked if it would be possible for the persons who found the foundling to simply facilitate the registration of the baby/child as if it were their own – meaning, have an NSO BirthContinue reading “Adopting a Foundling vs. Birth Simulation: What are the Pros and Cons?”

Who Is A Foundling?

Here is one word we don’t get to read every day: Foundling. Sino-sino ang itinuturing na Foundling?  May NSO Birth Certificate ba ang foundling?  Sino ang dapat na magpa-rehistro ng isang foundling sa LCR? Many are the questions surrounding the characterization of a Foundling.  My curiosity led me to the following facts that I wouldContinue reading “Who Is A Foundling?”

NSO – Adoption Procedures

Bonjour. Mabuhay. For those who want to change the surname of their children to a new one, adoption may be the option for you. read below: What is adoption? Adoption may be considered a process “to take into one’s family through legal means and raise as one own’s child”. (the Groiler International Dictionary, Vol. 1,Continue reading “NSO – Adoption Procedures”