DSWD Urges the Public to Go Through Legal Child Adoption Process

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in collaboration with the National Authority for Child Care (NACC) is taking significant steps to streamline the child adoption process in the Philippines.

This effort aims to make legal adoption more accessible and to eliminate illegal practices concerning this.

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Strengthening the Adoption Network

Social Welfare Secretary Rex Gatchalian highlighted the importance of a robust network for alternative child care and adoption.

He explained that a strong network would discourage potential illegal markets.

If our countrymen or foreign prospective adoptive parents find out that it is easy to adopt, then there is no reason to venture into these illegal online baby-selling platforms,” Gatchalian stated.

Addressing the National Congress on Adoption and Alternative Child Care

Gatchalian made these statements during the National Congress on Adoption and Alternative Child Care organized by the NACC.

The event brought together various stakeholders to discuss improvements in the process of adopting children and promote the legal route.

Warning Against Illegal Adoption Practices

Secretary Gatchalian also issued a stern warning to parents and prospective adopters.

He advised against patronizing online sites that sell infants, as this constitutes human trafficking.

Babala na siguro ito sa mga nagtatangka na huwag niya na gawin itong adoption na hindi dumadaan sa tamang prosesong legal, human trafficking yan,” he emphasized.

(This is also a warning to those who engage in illegal adoption as that is considered human trafficking.)

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Encouraging Legal Adoption

For those genuinely seeking to adopt a child, Gatchalian urged them to follow the legal process through the NACC.

“Kung inosente ka man, at gusto mo lang naman magkaanak, huwag mo nang tangkain ‘yon, pumasok na lamang tayo sa tamang proseso sa NACC kasi itinaguyod nga ng mga mambabatas natin ‘tong NACC para maging mas mabilis ang proseso ng pag-adopt,” he added.

(If you are innocent, and you want to have a child, just go through the right process of NACC because our lawmakers instituted NACC for a speedy adoption process.)

The Role of NACC in Speeding Up the Adoption Process

The National Authority for Child Care (NACC) was established to facilitate a faster and more efficient process of adopting children.

This move by lawmakers aims to ensure that children find loving homes quickly and legally.

By making this process more accessible, the NACC hopes to reduce the instances of illegal adoptions and human trafficking.

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The Impact of Illegal Adoption

Engaging in illegal adoption practices has severe consequences.

It not only violates the law but also endangers the welfare of children.

Illegal adoption is considered human trafficking, and those involved face significant legal repercussions.

Parents and prospective adopters are strongly encouraged to adhere to legal channels to ensure the safety and well-being of the children.

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Benefits of Legal Adoption

The legal process of adopting children provides numerous benefits for both the child and the adoptive parents.

For the child, it ensures they are placed in a safe, loving, and supportive environment.

For adoptive parents, it guarantees that the adoption process is recognized by law, providing them with all the legal rights and responsibilities of parenthood.

Steps to Legal Adoption in the Philippines

  1. Initial Inquiry and Orientation: Prospective adoptive parents begin by attending an orientation session conducted by the NACC to understand the adoption process and requirements.
  2. Application and Assessment: Applicants submit necessary documents and undergo assessments to determine their suitability as adoptive parents.
  3. Matching: Once approved, the NACC matches the prospective parents with a child based on the best interests of the child.
  4. Pre-Adoption Placement: A trial period where the child is placed with the prospective parents to ensure a good fit.
  5. Finalization: If the trial period is successful, the adoption is finalized through a legal process, granting full parental rights to the adoptive parents.

Recent Updates

DSWD Warns Against Illegal Adoption and Sale of Children on Social Media

Secretary REX Gatchalian of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) emphasizes that the illegal adoption or sale of children through social media is a criminal offense. The DSWD warns that those found guilty of engaging in such activities will face legal consequences. This serves as a reminder to the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activities related to illegal adoption or child trafficking on social media platforms.

DSWD and NACC Collaborate to Develop Digital System for Adoption and Alternative Care

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the National Childcare Authority (NACC) are joining forces to create a digital system aimed at streamlining the adoption and alternative care processes in the Philippines. This innovative system seeks to enhance efficiency, transparency, and the child-centered approach in facilitating the process of adopting children and care of children in need. Through this collaboration, DSWD and NACC are working towards improving the overall experience and outcomes for children and families involved in adoption and alternative care.

DSWD Secretary REX Gatchalian Empowers LGUs at National Congress on Adoption and Alternative Child Care

DSWD Secretary REX Gatchalian delivers a powerful keynote speech at the 1st National Congress on Adoption and Alternative Child Care, held in Manila. The event aims to strengthen partnerships with local government units (LGUs) and enhance their capacity in adoption and child care, empowering them to fulfill their responsibilities in providing a nurturing environment for children in need.

DSWD Urges Facebook to Take Down Pages Involved in Illegal Baby Sale

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is calling on Facebook to remove pages engaged in the illegal sale of babies under the guise of adoption. Despite requests from the National Authority for Child Care (NACC), Facebook has not taken action to address this pressing issue. This plea comes after the recent arrest of a mother who attempted to sell her newborn baby through a Facebook account, highlighting the urgency for stronger measures against online child exploitation.



The efforts by the DSWD and NACC to streamline the child adoption process in the Philippines are commendable.

By making legal adoption more accessible, they aim to provide children with safe and loving homes while eliminating illegal adoption practices.

It is important for prospective adoptive parents to follow the legal process to ensure the well-being of the children and to avoid severe legal consequences.

For those considering adoption, engaging with the NACC and adhering to the proper procedures is the best way to build a family and provide a child with a loving home.

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