Fast-tracking adoption

November 30, 2018

It is both a natural human longing—parents wanting children and children needing parents.

But for those couples unable to have children on their own, adoption is a humane option.

And the state must not get in the way of such a compassionate choice by couples incapable of bearing kids.

Quite thankfully Congress is exerting efforts to hasten the adoption process.

A measure meant to simplify such process  by allowing the rectification of simulated births through a simpler administrative proceeding hurdled second reading in the Senate.

Senate Bill 2081, contained in Committee Report 498, was approved on second reading Tuesday without amendments and is expected to be passed on final reading next week.

The report was jointly prepared with the Senate Committee on Social Justice, Welfare and Rural Development. It was filed on October 22, 2018.

The bill seeks to correct the status of a child whose birth was simulated by opening the avenue for a legal adoption that the child may enjoy all the benefits offered by the law to legally adopted children.

According to the measure, "birth simulation" refers to the tampering of the civil registry to make it appear in the record of birth that a child was born to a person who is not the child's biological mother.

Senate Bill 2081 is a substitution of SB 1725, introduced by Senator Grace Poe and SB 1728, prepared by to other senators.

Its counterpart measure, House Bill 5675, was approved by the House of Representatives on August 29 last year.

Entitled "Simulated Birth Rectification Act of 2018," the measure aims to grant amnesty and allow the rectification of the simulated birth of a child "where simulation was made for the best interest of the child, and that such child has been consistently considered and treated by the person" who considered the child as his or her own.

Poe, the principal author, said Republic Act 8552, also known as the "Domestic Adoption Act" recognizes informal adoptions or more commonly known as simulated births.