The draft law for amending and completing law No. 273/2004 concerning the adoption procedure
National Authority for Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption has completed the draft law for amending and completing law No. 273/2004 concerning the adoption procedure.
Ador Copiii Association – The Adoptive Family Community is part of the working group and was having several meetings with specialists from all Protection Social Services in the country and from National Authority for Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption and coming up with concrete proposals on this project, during the 2014.
National Authority for Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption intends, through the proposed modifications, to simplify the procedure of adoption and to provide legal solutions to ensure a better functioning of the current system of adoptions. Currently, under the procedures established by the law in force, a child declared adoptable reaches into a family of adoption after a long period of time
The most important changes contained in this project are:
- Reduction from 1 year to 6 months the period in which the social services must search the children’s relatives to handle its growth and care. If no relatives are found in this period of time, it can be started the procedure for declaring the child adoptable.
- Extension of validity of the certificate required for future adoptive parents, from 1 year to 2 years,
- Elimination the stage of training for persons who expired certificate and request a new certificate for adoption,
- Determination of compatibility of the child with adopters in the General Directions of Social Work and Child Protection and not in the National Authority for Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption, in order to streamline the process of identifying the most suitable family for each adoptable child,
- The removal of the term from 2 years set for the validity status of adoptable child. The child will retain this status till the adoption or consent until reaching the age of 14, when he will express his opinion about this possibility,
- The introduction of time limits for the proceedings in the courts of law for all three stages of the adoption process, namely: when the a child is declare adoptable, when the child is entrusted to adoptive family and when is the final adoption consent,
- The introduction of parental leave for the adopting family and given a payment of an indemnity. The leave will have a duration of less than 90 days,
- Introduction as a mandatory action for the employers of persons wishing to adopt, to give them some free time for carrying out the necessary assessment to obtain the attestation and attendance at meetings with the child. This free time can be granted within the limit of 40 hours/year, without affecting the salary rights.
“By this current law changes, we want to facilitate the process of adoption. I wishto thank the representatives of the General Directions of Social Work and Child Protection, as well as non-governmental organizations for their involvement in the drafting process of this project. The document reflects our belief that we will be able to provide any child who does not have a family a better chance to get the love of some parents”, declare Ms Gabriela Coman, the President of National Authority for Protection of Children's Rights and Adoption.
The draft law for amending and completing law No. 273/2004 concerning the adoption procedure (in romanian language) is HERE.