Adopting a Thai child

What is an adoption?

Adoption-Symbol“Adoption is the act of legally placing a child with a parent or parents other than those to whom they were born. An adoption order has the effect of severing parental responsibilities and rights of the original parent(s) and transferring those responsibilities and rights to the adoptive parent(s).”

If you want to adopt a Thai child from abroad, you will need to apply in an agency in your country.

If you want to apply for an adoption in Thailand, meaning that you are living in Thailand and would like to adopt a Thai child, applications must be submitted in Bangkok, at the Department of Social Welfare and development. Please do note that an adoption is a very long process in Thailand. It might take more than a year.

Thailand is part and ratified the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption entered into force 1 May 1995.

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