DSWD Dilemma

Few takers for ‘adoptable’ kids


Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman INQUIRER.net/Matikas Santos

MANILA, Philippines—Most orphaned or abandoned Filipino children who are put up for adoption remain in social welfare institutions.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the stigma associated with adopted children was apparently holding back interested families from adopting.

“There are so many children in orphanages and other child-caring agencies waiting to be adopted. But families hold back on adoption because of its stigma,” Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said at the launch of a campaign dubbed, “Love Sees Beyond Differences.”

This year alone, nearly 500 children were declared legally available for adoption. But only 62 were adopted by Filipino families, according to the DSWD.

The DSWD and the Inter-Country Adoption Board (Icab) have recently partnered with PR giant McCann Philippines for an advocacy campaign to try to erase the stigma on adoption and inspire families to open their homes to orphaned or abandoned children.

She said the campaign hopes to change the mind-set of Filipinos about adoption and encourage families to open their homes to adoptive children.

“We have long sought to undertake a communications campaign to give a new, more relevant perspective to legal adoption. Now the Department together with Icab and McCann Erickson has finally made this possible,” she added.

From January to Nov. 15 this year, the DSWD issued certificates for 457 children declaring them legally available for adoption.

Twenty-four children were matched to local families.

The DSWD said 38 other children who were legally declared up for adoption in past years were also matched this year to local families.

Central to the advocacy campaign is the song “I love you Anak” sang by Ogie Alcasid, an adoption advocate whose US-based sister and American brother-in-law are currently going through the process of adopting a Filipino child.

Raul Castro, chief executive officer of McCann Worldgroup, said their latest advocacy campaign shows their commitment to promote positive values that will help transform lives.

John Boren, president of Adoptive Families Foundation Inc., said keeping adoption secret from the adopted child as well as family and friends lead adoptive families to live a lie.

Their group helps adoptive families during and after the process of adoption deal with issues while encouraging them to share their stories and inspire other families to adopt.

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  • Mamang Pulis

    Bakit hindi na lang akuin ng mga pari, madre  at obispo?

    i train maging pari o madre?

    di ba PRO LIFE SILA?


    o kya patirahin sa mansyon ni manny pakyaw

    pakyawin na nya lahat mga yan

    nam pota – yun mga pastor libre kain tulog doon yun mga pobre hindi?

    eh mas parasitiko pa yan mga pastor na yan kaysa sa mga namamalimos—

    ginagamit ang tamis ng dila sa panlilinlang ng ‘salita daw ng dios’.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/PMETJPLQYHRUZTKIADETEYTGXE Mario

       …irrelevant,illogical,irrational and no substance comment whatsoever.

      • Mamang Pulis

        Sa isip mo irrrelevant.

        sa marami at lalo nasa kalye hindi.

        eh ta-ran-ta-do ka rin pala minu-minuto–bakit hindi ka mamahagi o sumama sa red cross o world food programme sa mga sulok sulokan ng mindanao?

        o akuin mo yun naka tira sa ilalim ng tulay?

        irrelevant kasi ang kaya mo lang –daldal sa forum.

        diba comrade academician? :))

      • andrew lim

        you should refute this pt by pt, instead of just saying that…

    • Ganymede

      Makes sense!

  • tonyoks

    This year alone, nearly 500 children were declared legally available for adoption. But only 62 were adopted by Filipino families, according to the DSWD.
    not counting the “uncountables”…
    sa mga drama serya lang yan…

    ang katotohanan ay ang dami …
    yung iba binibenta na lang ng mga naghihikahos na magulang.
    yung iba ipnamimigay..
    yung iba basta na lang tinatapon o iniiwan …

    tama si mamang pulis …nasan na mga obispo at pari???

  • ManongOsang

    In America,  over 15,000 children coming from China, Korea, Vietnam & Taiwan every year are APPROVED & are adopted by middle class & wealthy predominantly white american families. In many cases, these well-off childless parents even adopt all 2 or all 3 siblings coming from China, Korea & Taiwan.

    In addition, another 10,000 children coming from mostly Russia, Romania & Poland are adopted by American families every year.

    Almost all of these orphaned kids are given a BRIGHT FUTURE in America. This has been going on for over 35 years now.  Thousands of these adopted individuals are NOW ADULTS in their 30″s & live very good lives as americans. Most have gone on to becoming Professionals such as doctors, lawyers, Accountants, etc. REMEMBER, they were raised in mostly well off, loving families.

    Sa Pilipinas, Politicians & Social Workers make it VERY VERY DIFFICULT for americans & even Fil-Ams in adopting the THOUSANDS of Filipino orphans who grow up to become adults without ever been adopted.

    Iyan ang # 1 solution to  Give the THOUSANDS of GROWING # of Filipino orphans who need a loving home. It will also GIVE A BRIGHT FUTURE for these kids who would otherwise grow up POOR.

    It will also SOLVE the problem of an exploding # of orphans in the Philippines.


      Yes.right again..see my comment above please..Neil McNally

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

    The anti-RH bill should start putting their money where their mouth is.

    • Mamang Pulis

      dapat lang–kaysa puro kontra, akuin nila yun mga pobre sa lansangan.

      PRO LIFE  !!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AR3F3RNQX4U3PKBI526NJI6BYM Jose

        Pro-life indeed! rallying too much for the “yet to be conceived” while turning their back from those that already existed. 

      • Mamang Pulis

        100% tama ka.

  • Jesse_Bruce_Pinkman

    The adoption process and requirements in the Philippines make it hard for foreigners to adopt orphaned children. Plus they are not allowed to choose. I mean if you want to become a parent, you also wish that your child could achieve what you expect of him, not that you are mostly given a disabled child.

    This is also what is making foreigners reluctant to adopt filipino children. Adoption agencies get rid of their disabled orphans first before disposing of the good ones. 

    I am not against disabled children but I mean, you want to adopt to have a child, not to have a burden.

    The DSWD has very stringent rules on adoption because it always starts with a premise that the adoptive parents use adoption as a way to smuggle and traffic children out of the country and later turn them into slaves or prostitutes. I mean, why do you have to declare all of your information and go through this hell of a process to only get one child, if really that is your purpose. You can get a child from the streets which will cost you so much less.

    This is the problem with the Philippines, everything is based on the negative aspect.


      Yes IGGY,you are absolutely spot-on with your observation.Thank-you..please see my comment above…Neil McNally

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

      If you are sincere about adopting, then you have to undergo the process.  If it frustrates you, then one can really question about the purity of intentions…
      Just simply follow the rule…don’t worry, what you have declared (as you personal information) takes some time for verification…if you have nothing wrong with it, then you can be granted…just be patient.


        Patient….6 months to 3 years…what does that do to a genuine “adopter”…?

  • andrew lim

    Id like to hear the anti-RH comment on this.

    Children by choice, not by chance!

  • Maldi2

    Pangunahan dapat ni Panot ang mag adopt dahil wala pa siyang anak! Lead by example!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    Just visit the “Tulay ng Kabataan Foundation”  and be a volunteer…you’ll see how the street children are taken-care.  There are a lot of good foundations here in the Philippines that do not “broadcast” (thru media) their laudable works.  They’re just silently working.  Unlike TV stations, they use their so-called Foundation to market their being KAPAMILYA/KAPUSO/KAPATID etc.  Giving a plastic bag of noodles and interviewing teary-eyed poor childred, PRESTO, “In the service of Filipinos Worldwide kaagad”, kaya, “akala nila napakabait naman na kapamilya, iboto natin ang gusto nila”.
    I mean, hey, is Dinky Soliman worried if only few takers are their (for those children bound for adoption)?  Where is that big chunk of fund and CCT that the government bragged?  Dinky Soliman became one of the Hyatt 10 traitors because of that political accomodation to DSWD and “that fund” ONLY.  Is this why DSWD wanted the RH Bill to be passed to get rid of one of their functions?


    You know what…I (an alien,no less) am trying to legally adopt my Pinay wife’s son here in Pilipinas..merely to allow his surname to match ours,and help him thru’ his public life by sharing his Mamma’s and Dad’s name.
    There are so many firey hoops and walls to jump over for me(and my wife..the child was born illegitimate..) to “adopt”my OWN son,it is bloody ridiculous.
    This son of ours sleeps beside us NOW,cuddled up close,with arms and legs around us,ALL NIGHT LONG..being legally adopted is not going to change this situation!
    I do not wonder that the available Pilipino kids for adoption remain in their welfare units..the RED TAPE is 500 km LONG…FIX IT…NOW!



    • ManongOsang

      You are correct 100%!

      The Philippines has one of the worst amount of RED TAPE for Foreign adoption in the world!

      For a Poor country with thousands of orphans and hundreds of thousands of street children, it is ONE OF THE WORST adoption policies in the world!

      Even WEALTHY Asian nations like South Korea & Taiwan make adoption by Qualified Westerners a VERY SIMPLE & relatively quick process!

      Sa Pilipinas, katakot takot na NONESENSE ! Ang kawawa ay ang mga bata! Many end up growing up as young adults still stuck in an orphanage.

      There are MANY cases of americans who have tried & failed in adopting in the Philippines.

      They end up going to Haiti,China, Korea or Russia to find their child that they never had!

      But DO NOT BLAME Dinky Soliman ! This is a Philippine Policy that has been going on for over 4 decades already ! 1970’s & 1980’s palang- it was very difficult for foreigners to adopt
      in every Philippine administration


        Bless you,ManongOsang..even tho’ I am an athiest.So..where do we go from here..can we get together a pressure-group to encourage a re-writing of the legistration relating to “adoption”in Pilipinas

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    “Few takers for adoptable kids”…DSWD is simply implying that we have a lot on sale but nobody wanted to take the retail…
    Shame on them.  If the “adoptable kids” have no takers at this time, don’t “SHOUT” to the whole world the situation.  Give them dignity.  Don’t advertise.
    Excuse me, but Dinky Soliman is becoming crazier nowadays!
    Excuse me, on Ogie Alcasid—the guy had been granted an “a marriage annullment” after so many children with his previous wife, courtesy of his ‘all-artista campaign support’ to Noynoy…he’s just role playing…the next thing we hear is that he will be running for a political post…”Are you serious?”


      Of course I have issues..why the hell am I here issuing my comments..??
      You cannot quote the odd case here..you have to see the big-picture..the fact that too many rules have been applied to the adoption policy,they have tried to address every possible problem area,and thus made it impossible for genuine adopters..

  • speedstream2

    Is it not that action speaks louder than words? How about setting an example that would help minimize this so-called adoption stigma? The DSWD, Icab and McCann staff can perhaps start the ball rolling as a truly inspiring move?

  • Pork_Republik

    Give these kids to the bishops, they love children right? Problem solved.


      If the situation with the RC clergy wasn’t so bloody serious,I woulsd laugh at your reply…BUT,it is deadly serious,this child abuse..where is the LAw when it comes to RC abuse..they definitely do not have to go thru’ the hoops and loops of adoption policies….!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

        I think you have a lot of issues…that’s why you’re not granted an adoption…
        Come to think of it!


        You make an assumption that I have failed…I am still jumping and flying thru’ hoops..even as judge’s staff say that the criteria for adoption is far too restrictive…so there…!


    I’d like to hear from our friend Fulpol on this one…are you there,my friend


    DSWD…you are a blatant liar and “excusist’..stand up and be a “man”..admit that your adoption policies are suspect,if not attainable..help the genuine folks to adopt the kid of their choice..you are living in a fantasy-world of ‘politically-correct’ rules and regulations..they are far from practicable..FIX it NOW

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

      If you won’t stop acting/commenting like a freak, then, for sure you’ll never be elligible for adoption…for very obvious reason…


        I guess you must be  an official in the adoption-agency business in Pilipinas..so you have a job to defend the indefendable..good luck,traitor

  • http://yahoo.com koy-bili

    The adoption process should be reviewed and revised – it keeps away prospective adoptive parents like me from getting involved

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

      There’s nothing wrong with the “adoption process”…it so happen that we don’t have that interconnectivity and databases within our government system.  And for foreigners who wanted to adopt, it would take a long bureaucratic time to verify their records.  Afterall, we are not auctioning ‘adoptable” puppies…they’re children subject to ‘misuse and abuse’.
      Had we started that ERP-like data electronic management system in the Phil earlier on, then we should have not suffered this.  But the raw data at LRC, on the ouster of Corona, as initiated by his KKKabarda Ateneo appointee, were wrongfully use, for the political tactics of his almighty sloth son—BS Aquino.  It was very fast though, however unverified…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3UAABFPUE5ZKBXOAGLWL6POGWU joel genese

      May kakilala ako. Ignorante sa adoption process.Yung tunay na ina nung bata gustong ipamigay ang anak dahil hindi ang asawa ang ama ng bata. Yung kakilala ko basta na din ipana rehistro sa pangalan nya yung bata. Gustong kunin ng DSWD. Sabi ng kakilala ko, total wala naman aampon, siya na lang ang kukuha. Sagot ng DSWD,marami daw ang uma ampon ngayon. Ang tanong, bakit kailangan pa nilang pahirapan ang aampon bagkus sana ay magpasalamant sila.O kaya ay tulungan na lang nila na maresolba ang kaso. 

  • EdgarEdgar

    This is where the millionaire members of Akbayan and Noynoy’s sisters can make a difference. Instead of funneling so much money into politics, they should channel more of that to the children in need. That would be putting their money where their mouth is.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

      I couldn’t agree more…

  • cantonese

    DINKY, DINKY, Do you have any children of your own? If not, why not be the one to set example to adopt a child? Among your staff, Did you ever consider asking them if they would like to adopt a child? Your Boss Pinoy? His cabinet members, and all the KKK menbers would they set the example to the people of the Philippines?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_U62PHGMKO4RK7BLMC4ACA4EG5A EREC

    Bring it to the church that adminitered by DAMASO, but what I afraid of they could be a victim of molestation of phidophile priest.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

      Here we go again…
      One could use the “spell checker”…
      Hahahahaha…Tagalog-in mo na lang…

    • Pitbulldog

      Si Padre Damaso, daang siglo na yon, Brod.  Mag-move on ka na.  Wag mo nang kaldkarin lahat ng mga pari o simbahan man kung may isa o iilan man na nagkakamali.  Kahit saan, may bugok at Ogag, INC man, Protestante man, o Born Again man.  Dahil kami ay tao lamang, pwera ikaw, dahil nasa limbo ka na…

  • i_am_filipino

    Is the government lazy enough to browse over the internet for couples who are interested of adopting or fostering kids from EU, UK, USA Or Here?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    Adoption could be improved if qualified parents don’t have to jump through tons of paperwork to get it done. Streamline the process now!

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