Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rolando Joselito D. Bautista on Saturday said no adoption must be done through social media or any illegal means.
Bautista made the remark on the occasion of the 2019 Adoption Consciousness Celebration after numerous reports were reported to the DSWD wherein children are being opened for adoption through Facebook and other social media platforms.
“The legal adoption process should be strictly complied,” said Bautista.
DSWS Assistant Secretary for Statutory Programs Glenda Relova called on the public not to participate in any online platform of adoption. Instead, Relova encouraged them to come to go to any DSWD offices in order for them to understand the legal process of adoption.
The DSWD, in collaboration with partner agencies, vowed to continue to promote the process of legal adoption to uphold the rights of surrendered, orphaned, abandoned, and neglected children.
With the theme, “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption),” the DSWD encourages the public to support the process of legal adoption in order to ensure that all Filipino children will have permanent families that will shower them with unconditional love, protection and support.
However, as much as the agency promotes adoption, DSWD reminded the public, particularly those interested to be adoptive parents to follow the legal process of adoption.
With this year’s adoption consciousness celebration, DSWD aims to disseminate basic information about legal adoption including the process, documentary requirements, procedures, benefits and effects of adoption.
DSWD, likewise, aims to lessen the cases of online illegal adoption through public awareness regarding its legal process.
To spread the word on legal adoption, DSWD will be setting up Adoption Help Desks in selected SM Malls nationwide as well as in churches starting on 16 February.
They will also be conducting publicity and advocacy in media platforms such as TV and radio guestings. Social media will also be used as another platform.