Immigrant adoption changes in UAE

Published:  2 Feb at 6 PM
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New regulations will make it less complicated for UAE citizens to provide a child with a home, but immigrants seeking to adopt will still be obliged to do so from abroad. The National reports that the new law, passed last month by the FNC, are making their way through the legislative process.

The regulations will preserve the rights of permanent fostering for UAE citizens, while respecting the Sharia-based cultural opposition to full adoption. However, these privileges will not be granted to non-citizens. Instead, expatriates can seek advice from Dr Andrea Tosatto, a psychologist operating international home school programmes for Dubai's Synergy Integrated Medical Centre.

Dr Tosatto assists couples arrange for the process of overseas adoption. He also receives clients from Bahrain, Oman and Qatar. Over 100 couples have consulted him for information since 2009, when he started working at Synergy. At least 70% - from Britain, the United States, Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, Italy, France, Switzerland, Germany, Pakistan and Japan – finished successfully with an adoption.

Hopeful parents must consult communicate with the government of their native country, via their embassy, concerning the rules on adoption while living overseas. Applicants require a no-objection letter which states that their home country legally acknowledges the adoption.

In Dubai, the two most popular countries from which kids are adopted are Mexico and Ethiopia, according to Dr Tosatto. Couples are required to submit copies of their visas and passports, a police clearance document, and birth, marriage and medical certificates.
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