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Sri Lanka: Law on Adoption to Be Reviewed

(Jan. 17, 2012) Tissa Karalliyadde, Sri Lanka's Minister of Child Development and Women's Affairs, has announced plans to amend the country's law on adoption. The law will be reviewed by a recently appointed eight-member committee, in response to complaints about existing issues in connection with both domestic and foreign adoptions. One children's home, run by a Catholic charity, was recently raided and called a “baby farm” by the national Child Protection Authority. The charges were disputed by church officials, and a settlement was reached. (Sri Lanka to Amend Laws Pertaining to Child Adoption, COLOMBO PAGE (Jan. 12, 2012).)

The website of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, D.C., outlines the current procedures for foreigners wishing to adopt a child from the country. The process involves submitting an application, together with documentation including a home study report, certified copies of the prospective parents' birth certificates, their marriage certificate, health certificates, employment records, and a police report on their conduct. All requests must go through the Commissioner of the Department of Probation and Child Care Services; privately arranged foreign adoptions are not permitted. (Child Adoption Procedure for the Guidance of Foreign Applicants, Embassy of Sri Lanka website (Aug. 16, 2010).)