Thai Children Who Are Available for Adoption
Whenever applying for the adoption of a Thai child, it is important to note that not all children are allowed to be adopted with much ease and facility. Special cases do exist that demand stricter requirements on the part of the adopters. However, most of these are confined to children who are handicapped in certain aspects. The following are the most influential factors that determine the success or failure of an application for adoption in Thailand:
Twins or Siblings – Applications for adopting twins or siblings may be approved or denied on the basis of their availability for adoption. As a general rule, applicants may not adopt more than one child at a time unless the children sought to be adopted are the children of an applicant’s Thai spouse.
Ages – The ages of most successfully adopted children range from 1 to 15 though instances of adopted children above 10 are quite unusual.
Conditions – Most Thai children waiting for adoption live in orphanages that are either government-run or are under the administration of various non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private charities. Some foster care programs exist, where children live with foster families until adoptive placement.
Health – Applicants may request for either healthy or handicapped children as potential adoptees. Notice should be taken that most children who have spent their formative years in institutions will have certain developmental delays ranging from minor to significant deficiencies. Recent trends have shown that the longer a child spends in an institution, the more manifest these deficits are going to be.
Availability – Despite the astounding number of Thai children found in orphanages, most of them remain legally unavailable for adoption due to the failure of their biological parents to sign relinquishing papers.
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