Sunday, June 27, 2010

Ministry -- Notices 6 & 7

Notice -- Government of Nepal

Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare

Notice No 7

In accordance with the Terms and Condition of Inter Country Adoption, 2008, the following reforms have been made:

1. The Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare is the Central Authority for Inter Country adoption.

2. The Application should be submitted by the adoptive parents through accrediated
Agencies/Diplomatic Mission to the Ministry.

3. Selection of the child by the adoptive parents has been prohibited.

4. Family Matching Committee is established to match the parent for the child.

5. The Matching committee should match the parent for the child on the first come first basis.

6. The Orphanges should be accrediated to the Ministry for the purpose of Inter country adoption.

7. The child should stay at least 90 days to the orphange to be eligible for the inter country adoption.

8. Before starting Inter Country Adoption Process, the orphange at first should give priority for the domestic adoption by inviting application in the National News Paper and Media.

9. Domestic Adoption is registered and completed by the District Land Revenue Office.

10. The fee paid by the adoptive parent is very helpful for the protection and care of the other children staying at the orphanges.

11. The fee is very transparent and controls the irregularaties.

12. The Orphange is responsible for the auditing of their income and expenses.

13. The adoptive parent is not allowed to visit the orphange before the decision by the Ministry.

14. The processing fee paid as a government revenue by the Adoptive parent is used for the protection and development programme of the child.

15. Child with biological parent is strictly prohibited for inter country adoption. If it is found in the process of inter country adoption, the orphange will be penalized. The Ministry will rescue the children of that orphange to the another orphange.

16. Voluntarily abandoned child is only eligible in the following condition :

1. Single child can not be abandoned,

2. Child whose father is dead and who has been abandoned by his/her mother after another marriage,

3. Biological parent have to have one child with them if they have more than one child -

  • Father and mother are very poor and unable to support for development and care of their child,
  • The father or mother who have permanent sterilization of family planning,
  • Children whose father or mother is dead or is medically insane or mentally unsound and who have a very poor mother and unable to develop and care of the child.


Government of Nepal

Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare

Notice No 6

The Ministry has seriously drawn an attention towards the Meeting of the Special Commission to Review the Practical Operation of the Hague Convention of 29 May, 1993 on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter Country Adoption held in the Hague in 17-25 June, 2010.

The Ministry had nominated an official to participate in the said program, but due to not receiving a confirmation letter from the Permanent Bureau of Hague Conference on Private Internation Law, the Ministry was unable to participate in the program. The Permanent Bureau had not sent a program schedule as well, but the Ministry came to know about the schedule through Terre des hommes Foundation in Nepal.

The documentary "Paper Orphan" was in the schedule, which was prepared without legal permission of the concerned authority of Goverment of Nepal. Thus, this was illegally prepared by the Joseph Aguettant, Terre des hommes Foundation in Nepal. The documentary has presented the events of 15 years back, which does not reflect the present reality of inter country adoption of Nepal. The Ministry has reformed the old process and made new Terms and Conditions of Inter Country Adoption in 2008.

In connection with the above background, the Ministry has become very serious and started investigation in this regard.

Nepal has already signed the Hague Convention and is in the process to ratify it. Recently the Ministry has formed a High Level Committee to recommend the Goverment of Nepal to address the Hague Convention. The Committee will also suggest to review the existing law relating to inter country adoption system in Nepal.

The Ministry would like to request the Hague Secretariat, diplomatic missions and other stakeholders to work in collaboration for the best interest of the child.

Ethics, Transparency, Support
~ What All Adoptions Deserve.

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