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IN AN ADOPTION, A GIA REPORT IS REQUIRED. WHAT IS IT & WHAT GOES INTO IT: SINGAPORE ADOPTION LAWYER

 Introduction

  • Usually, in every Adoption application to court, the Judge will appoint a Guardian In Adoption ("GIA") and this person will prepare a GIA Report.
    • Who is the GIA?
    • What is the GIA Report?
    • What goes into a GIA Report?
Guardian In Adoption
  • The GIA is the person appointed by the Judge to:
    • ensure and safeguard the child's legal interests in the Adoption application before the Court
    • investigate the circumstances surrounding the Adoption; and
    • report his (or her) findings to the Court.
  • Typically, the person appointed will be the Director of Social Welfare and he (or she) will nominate an officer from the Ministry of Social & Family Development ("MSF") to conduct the investigation and report the findings to the Court.
GIA Investigation
  • For the investigation, the officer (nominated to conduct the GIA investigation) will often:
    • interview the Applicant(s)
    • do a home visit
    • check that the information in the Adoption Statement are true
    • check whether there is any evidence of any monetary transaction regarding the Adoption
    • investigate and determine the findings necessary to prepare the GIA Report
GIA Report
  • The GIA Report to the Court will normally be in the form of an Affidavit (sworn or affirmed statement).
  • It will contain the MSF officer's findings.
GIA Report Contents
  • A GIA Report will usually include:
    • the MSF officer's name, NRIC number, and official position in MSF
    • an express finding whether the information in the Adoption Statement are true
    • an express finding whether there is any evidence of any monetary transaction regarding the Adoption
    • the child's background and current residence
    • the Applicants' reasons and motivations for adopting the child
    • the Applicants' background and current residence
    • if there was any previous marriage, details of this will be determined and stated
    • the Applicants' relationship and their perceptions of each other
    • the Applicants' financial situation
    • the Applicants' extended family background and whether they are aware of the Adoption and supportive of it
    • the condition of the home
    • the child's condition
    • how the child interacted with the Applicants
    • the child's current educational situation
    • the child's attitude toward the Adoption
    • details about the child's sibling(s), if any
    • recommendations, including whether the Adoption will be in the best interest of the child.
If you have any questions or need any assistance with an adoption, please call us at 6535 1800.
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WHAT DOES THE HOME STUDY REPORT USUALLY COVER? SINGAPORE ADOPTION LAWYER ANSWERS

Introduction

  • All couples who wish to adopt a child have to undergo a Pre-Adoption Briefing. At this briefing, they will be informed whether they have to get a Home Study Report done or whether they are able to apply for a waiver.
  • If a Home Study Report is required, it usually covers the following:

Typical Headings

  • The Home Study Report will often have the following (or similar) headings:
    • Identifying Information
    • Motivation to Adopt
    • Background Information
    • Marital Relationship
    • Previous Marriage (if relevant)
    • Health Condition
    • Others Living in the Home
    • Finances
    • Religious Beliefs
    • Criminal, Immigration & Abuse Background Check
    • Description of Home
    • Description of Neighbourhood
    • References
    • Parenting
    • Guardianship
    • Child Preferences
    • Home Study History
    • Recommendation

The Applicants' Identifying Information

  • This includes the usual details such as:
    • name
    • age, date of birth
    • NRIC no., etc

The Applicants' Motivation to Adopt

  • This will include:
    • the background and the reasons why they have chosen the adoption route
    • their attitude towards adoption

Background Information on the Applicants

  • This includes:
    • the Applicants' citizenship
    • place and circumstances of birth
    • upbringing
    • immediate and extended family background
    • academic and employment history

The Applicants' Marital Relationship

  • This includes:
    • how they met
    • how long they dated
    • their attitude towards each other
    • the nature of their current relationship and
    • how they manage their relationship
  • If there was a previous marriage, this would also be gone into.

Others Living in the Home (with the Applicants)

  • This will cover:
    • all the persons living in the same home
    • their identity and usual particulars
    • background to how they came to be living together
    • relationship between the various persons and the Applicants
    • whether these persons are supportive of the intention to adopt

Health Condition of the Applicants

  • This is self explanatory

Finances

  • This will, of course include:
    • income
    • expenses
    • assets
    • liabilities

Religious Beliefs

  • This is self explanatory

Criminal, Immigration & Abuse Background Check

  • This is self explanatory

Description of Home

  • This is self explanatory

Description of Neighbourhood

  • This is self explanatory

References

  • This can include
    • reference letter(s) from or
    • telephone interview(s) with
    • friend(s) and/or relative(s) who know the Applicant(s)
    • including whether the reference(s) support the proposed adoption

Parenting

  • This includes
    • any prior experience and
    • current attitudes towards parenting
    • views on how the child should be disciplined
    • who the main care giver would be
    • openness to learning more about effective parenting techniques
    • awareness of potential challenges

Guardianship

  • This includes
    • the identity of person who will be the guardian in the event of the Applicants' death or incapacity

Child Preferences

  • This includes, if any, in relation to the intended child for adoption
    • gender
    • race
    • age
    • origin

Home Study History

  • This states whether there was any previous history of
    • unfavourable home study report or
    • ever being found unsuitable to adopt.

Recommendation

  • This will state whether the Applicants are recommended for adoption or not.


If you have any questions or need any assistance with an adoption, please call us at 6535 1800.



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