child adoptionThere is an interview with the Child Adoption Board in Thailand once all the paperwork is complete. As stated before the DSDW will look at the match between the parent and the child before the matter is forwarded for an interview in the event that the match was done by an authorised agency.

Adoption Board Interview

You can see the list of authorised adoption agencies in Thailand listed on this website.

The Interview

Note that according to Thai law both parents will have to attend the interview once it has been arranged. Adoptive parents will have to stay in Thailand for at least two weeks as the needed legal arrangements also need to be made for travelling abroad with the child. The DSDW will make the needed arrangements for the child to travel abroad with the adoptive parents.

Once the finally paperwork has been completed and the child has been legally authorised to leave the country it is now up to the adoptive parents to arrange the visa application,  passport fees as the child will require a Thai passport for the foreign visa. There is also medical fees and airfare which the adoptive parents would need to pay for and arrange. Most adoptive parents make use of a law firm in Thailand to do this for them. You will come to note that there are very few law firms which do adoptions in Thailand due to its timelines and complexities. Note also that by the time you have reached this stage of the adoption process it will be about 2 years since it was initially started. From the adoption statistics you will note that most adopted children who leave Thailand are at least 2 years old.

Other Issues

Other issues you might not have thought of is that you can only adopt one child at a time unless they are siblings or the step children of your Thai spouse. Most children in Thailand who are up for adoption range between the ages of 6 months and 4 years. Note that if a child is over the age of 4 or have medical problems or disabilities are all viewed as special needs children. Also note that there are fees involved when adopting in Thailand. The only fees you will encounter are attorney fees if you had secured a law firm and fees such as visa, passport or airfare costs.

Once the child is back in your home country, you will need to inform your competent authority that the child has arrived and that the bi-monthly reporting can begin. This insures transparency under The Hague Convention and ensures that the child is adapting well.

One last legal issue that you have to consider is that, once the adoption has been completed and before you leave Thailand, you have to take the adoption papers to the local Amphurs office (District Office) and register the adoption in terms of Thai law. This has to be done within 6 months of notification. If you have left Thailand and not completed it, then you can have this done at the local Thai Embassy in your country.

Seek legal advice on all legal matters in Thailand as this website only gives you a guide as to the adoption process and should not be substituted for proper legal advice.

 

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