02 Jul '11, 9pm

Enough love to go around

While interest to adopt children here has not wavered, a smaller pool of children available for adoption and more stringent requirements have been cited as possible reasons for a fall in the number of adoptions. Last year, 325 adoptions took place, a sharp drop from the 419 in 2009 and in keeping with the general decline over the last five years, statistics from the Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) showed. There were 556 adoptions in 2005. Just over half of all adoptions in the past three years have been of foreign-born children. TOUCH Adoption Services, one of six accredited agencies that conduct the Home Study Reports which are required for adopting a foreign child, did not "see any significant change" in overall applications for the reports, said senior manager Teo Seok Bee. "However, we have noticed that the number of children in China availab...

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