Foreign nationals to be able to adopt Nepali children

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If everything goes as planned, internationally distinguished foreign nationals will soon be able to adopt Nepali children, the Republica daily reported on Sunday.

Officials at the Ministry of Women, Children and Social Welfare (MoWCSW) have been mulling over some amendments in the procedures regarding inter-country adoption, which, once implemented, will pave the way for foreign nationals to adopt Nepali children of their choice.

Existing international standards and practices and Nepal's existing laws prohibit any foreign nationals from selecting the children of their choice for adoption.

However, MoWCSW's proposed amendments overlook existing international practices, which are considered imperative for protecting children from abuses.

Officials at the ministry have proposed such an amendment after the government had to deny several internationally distinguished foreign nationals' requests for adopting the children of their choice in the past.

According to the daily, recently, about two dozen American senators had lobbied with the government for adoption of a Nepali child by a U.S. based entrepreneur.

According to ministry officials, the government will allow a foreign national to select a Nepali child of their choice only under special circumstances, an MoWCSW official told the daily.

The MoWCSW will soon send the proposed amendments, which are being discussed in various intra-ministry committees, to the Ministry of Law and Justice, according to him.

Source: Xinhua


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