Gov't looking to amend child adoption legislation

The Jamaican Government is taking steps to amend the Children (Adoption of) Act.
This is aimed at making the adoption process in Jamaica less tedious and conform to international standards.
Floyd Green, Minister of State in the Youth Ministry, told JIS News that the legislation, which was passed in 1958, is outdated.
A technical team has suggested changes.
The legislation is currently before the Attorney General's Department.
Among the issues being looked at are the right of a parent to place a child up for adoption, the circumstances that would be considered and what constitutes relinquishing the right to being a parent.
Mr. Green said the authorities also need to look at having sufficient protection in terms of checks for persons who are interested in adopting.

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