BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS
If you wish to adopt a child in Singapore, please ensure that you meet the following requirements:
- You and your spouse must be residents in Singapore (i.e. Singapore Citizens /or Permanent Residents /or holders of Employment Pass, Dependant’s Pass or any other Pass which the Family Court deems as residents in Singapore.
- If both applicants are non-Singapore Citizen, and would like to adopt a foreign child in Singapore, you will need to submit a Letter Of Support (Letter of support (updated on 22 Sep 15)), duly completed and endorsed by the relevant authority of your country and submit it to the MSF for approval before commencing home study in Singapore.
- You and your spouse must be at least 25 years old and at least 21 years older than the child to be adopted.
- Both you and your spouse should not be more than 50 years older than the child.
Contact us at 6416 2188 or email [email protected] to schedule a consultation session if you wish to speak with our adoption staff about adoption. Session fee is $53.5 (inclusive of 7% GST) per hour.
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR A CHILD TO BE ADOPTED
- The child to be adopted must be below 21 years of age.
- The child must be a resident of Singapore (i.e. a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident or Dependant’s Pass holder). A child is not regarded as a resident if the child is residing in Singapore on a visit pass, a student’s pass or a special pass.
THE ADOPTION PROCESS
All prospective adopters have to attend a compulsory Pre-Adoption Briefing (PAB) before applying for a Home Study Report and identifying a child for adoption or making an application to the Court. PAB is conducted by the accredited agencies appointed by MSF. To register for this workshop, please visit http://www.msf.gov.sg/adoption
If you are adopting a local child (Singaporean child) referred to you through your relatives, friends or other parties, you will need to obtain notarised consent of the child’s birth parents and all identification documents of the child prior to submitting an application for adoption to the Family Court. A Home Study Report will not be required for such adoption as the necessary social investigation will be conducted by the MSF during the Court process.
If you would like to adopt a foreign child /or a child under state care /or a local child through the Child Matching Programme by the accredited VWOs, you will need to apply for a Home Study Report. A Home Study Report (HSR) is a comprehensive investigation into the circumstances surrounding the adoption and the circumstances of your family. It also assesses whether you and your spouse are eligible and ready to adopt a child. To apply for a Home Study Report, please visit: http://www.msf.gov.sg/adoption
If you are adopting your foreign stepchild (biological child of your spouse), you may apply to MSF to waive the Home Study Report if you are a Singapore Citizen. You can submit your request for waiver of HSR to MSF via email to [email protected] along with copy of the following documents and your contact details (contact number and address):
- Your NRIC and your spouse’s NRIC
- Marriage Certificate
- Birth Certificate of the child
- Travel documents of the child, if the child does not reside in Singapore.
If your stepchild is from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), you are required to obtain approval for adoption from the China Center for Children’s Welfare and Adoption (CCCWA) prior to applying for waiver of Home Study Report and completing the rest of the adoption procedures in Singapore. You must meet the following requirements before approaching the appointed agencies Fei Yue Community Services /or Touch Community Services Limited to assist you with the application:
- Main applicant must be a Singapore Citizen, the applicant’s spouse should be either a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident, Employment Pass or Long Term Visit Pass PLUS holder.
- Notarised Consent from the other birth parent is a must. He/she should approach the Provincial Civil Affair for advise and submit the required documents for their approval. Subsequently, the Provincial Civil Affair will submit the child’s file to CCCWA for their review and placement of child for International Adoption.
- The child to be adopted must be below 21 years old.
If you would like to adopt a related child from the People’s Republic of China (PRC), you must meet the following requirements prior to applying for Home Study Report through the appointed agencies Fei Yue Community Services /or Touch Community Services Limited:
- One of the main applicants must be a Singapore Citizen, and the spouse should be either a Singapore Citizen, Singapore Permanent Resident, Employment Pass or a Long Term Visit Pass PLUS holder.
- The couple must be childless. If one of the applicants has a child from the previous marriage, the couple is not considered as childless. If the couple has adopted child/ren, they are also not considered as childless.
- Notarised Consent from the birth parents is a must. The birth parents should approach the Provincial Civil Affair for advise and submit the required documents for placing their child for adoption only after the applicants have received a successful Home Study Report in Singapore.
- The child to be adopted must be below 21 years old.
Contact us at 6416 2188 to schedule a consultation session if you wish to speak with our adoption staff about adoption from China. Session fee is $53.5 (inclusive of 7% GST) per hour.
Upon receiving a favourable Home Study Report (HSR), you can proceed to identify a child for adoption within the HSR validity period – 2 years.
If you wish to sign up for Fei Yue’s Child Matching Programme, visit our page at
If you have identified a foreign child for adoption, you will need to apply for a Dependent Pass for the child through the MSF prior to bringing him/her home. A notarised consent of the child’s birth parents and all identification documents of the child are required for the application of a Dependent Pass. You may submit an online application through the MSF adoption website: http://www.msf.gov.sg/adoption
If you have received a Dependent Pass for your foreign prospective adoptive child, you can proceed to file an application for Adoption Order to the Family Court. You can do so in person or through a lawyer.