News: Government to Restart International Adoptions

Three years after the government put a halt to the country’s adoption program, foreigners will again be able to adopt children from Cambodia starting Jan. 2, an official said yesterday.

Though Cambodia passed a new and widely praised adoption law in 2009 designed to prevent corruption and baby-selling, the Ministry of Social Affairs has postponed its implementation several times, stating that it needed time to work out how the law would be practiced.

“The Cambodian government’s ban on international adoption is still valid until Jan. 1, 2013, as we had asked for a delay,” said Oum Sophannara, director of the Ministry of Social Affairs’ child welfare department. “There was more work to do in some needed documents.”

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Source: (The Cambodia Daily)