Portugal Streamlines Laws to Limit Adoption Wait Times

Portugal’s Minister for Welfare presented a plan to keep the adoption time frame to 12 months or less.

Denalee Chapman October 28, 2014
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The Purtugal News reports that two committees were created by Portugal’s government recently to see how they could simplify laws in order to accommodate a more speedy adoption process.  Stating that “the dragging on of adoption processes goes against the best interests of the child,” Portugal’s Minister for Welfare presented the plan to keep the adoption time frame to 12 months or less.

With 96% of children who are taken from their homes being institutionalized, Portugal is working toward creating a “bank of families” to get the children into temporary homes, with the aim being to find a permanent, loving situation as quickly as possible.

“Sometimes it is necessary to intervene in a child’s best interest but a child’s best interest is not being institutionalized,” stated Manuel Rodrigues, Head of Living Worlds Association.

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Denalee Chapman

Denalee is an adoptive mother, a motivational speaker, a writer, and a lover of life. She and her husband have adventured through the hills and valleys of life to find that the highest highs and the lowest lows are equally fulfilling. Book Denalee to speak to your group, or find Denalee's writings, including her books on her website at DenaleeChapman.com.


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