CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development in Region 10 (DSWD) reminded parents Tuesday that discriminating against a particular child over the other is not allowed by the country's adoption laws.

During the virtual Alternative Parental Care Forum, Christine Escudero, Social Welfare Officer II, said adoption laws in the Philippines prohibit actions that may deem disadvantageous to a prospective child adoptee.

“You can't choose a (particular) child for adoption; however, you can express the child's preferred age and sex whom you wish to adopt,” Escudero said.

Escudero led the orientation for at least 25 prospective adoptive parents in the region, as part of the requirements in adopting under Republic Act (RA) 11642 or the “Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act.”

Under the said law, she noted that the adoption process has become easier with lesser processing fees.

Also discussed were provisions of RA 10165 or the “Foster Care Act,” and RA 11222 or the “Rectification of Simulated Birth Records.”

DSWD-10 has urged prospective adopting parents to go through the legal adoption process as the agency is willing to facilitate it.

The agency's hotline number for the adoption process is 09267939942. (PNA)