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Is it legal to adopt a child? Laws, eligibility explained

The United Arab Emirates offers monthly support to orphans and children without known parents who are in the care of residents.

Parents interested in adopting a child in the United Arab Emirates may encounter confusion due to the laws regarding raising and raising a child.

While the country’s law does not allow formal “adoption,” residents can care for a child of unknown parents, with specific conditions to follow.

To safeguard the rights of orphans, the United Arab Emirates has established laws that ensure their protection. Under federal law, the country offers monthly assistance to orphans in the care of UAE citizens, as well as children of unknown parents.

UAE law, known as Wadeema’s Law, emphasizes the rights of children separated from their natural families. Under this law, such children have the right to alternative care, which may be provided by a foster family or by a public or private social welfare institution if a foster family is not available.

In addition, the law on foster parents makes provisions for the care of children of unknown parents in the UAE. This includes establishing child care homes and identifying eligible foster families capable of providing comprehensive care, including health, recreational activities, and psychological, social and educational support to children in need.

He Ministry of Community Development (MoCD) is in charge of supervising child care homes and ensuring suitable foster families for children.

From eligibility to orphan protection entities, here’s what UAE law has to say about “adoption” in the country.

Criteria for hosting a child

  1. The foster parent or partner must be Muslim, Emirati and currently residing in the United Arab Emirates.
  2. Guardians must not be under 25 years of age.
  3. They should not have been convicted of crimes or offenses involving moral turpitude in the past.
  4. They should not suffer from infectious diseases or psychological and mental disorders.
  5. These parents must have the ability to financially support family members and the foster child.
  6. The father must take responsibility for treating and raising the child appropriately and caring for his health and well-being.

Can single women foster?

Single women in the UAE can foster a child under certain set terms and conditions, this includes divorced and widowed women. These are the following:

  1. These women must be Muslim, Emirati and reside in the United Arab Emirates.
  2. Women who are eligible to apply must be at least 30 years old.
  3. They must be able to financially support the child.

Documents required of citizens.

Citizens wishing to foster a child must submit selected documents when applying for a foster parent application through the MoCD. These are:

  • Copy of Emirates ID
  • Personal photo of the couple or parents.
  • A copy of the parents’ family book.
  • Copy of passport
  • A disease-free certificate must be presented.
  • Salary certificate
  • Certificate of good standing
  • Documents that prove ownership of the home.

In addition to the MoCD, other UAE authorities also offer daycare centers. These are:

  • Department of Community Development in Abu Dhabi
  • Community Development Authority in Dubai
  • Government of Sharjah, Department of Social Services

Child sponsorship programs

  • Emirates Red Crescent Authority facilitates sponsorship programs for orphans within and outside the UAE
  • Zakat Fund runs an ‘orphan project’ that supports families of orphans

News Source: Khaleej Times

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