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The Ministry of Justice in Cambodia launches the Explanatory Note on Domestic Adoption

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia, 19 October 2016: The Explanatory Note on Domestic Adoption was unveiled today by the Ministry of Justice and UNICEF at a national workshop attended by members of the Government, legal practitioners, NGO partners, and social workers.

According to the Convention on the Rights of the Child, every child has the right to grow up in a family environment, where they are loved, cared for and protected from all forms of abuse.  To support efforts to place children in families able to care and provide for the child, the Ministry of Justice, with support from UNICEF, has developed the Explanatory Note on Domestic Adoption based on the provisions of the existing Civil Codes and other legal procedures.

The Explanatory Note aims to provide explanation and guidance to legal officers and other practitioners who are involved in the process of domestic adoption of children in Cambodia, with concrete examples according to existing relevant legal provisions. Developed by seasoned legal experts, the Explanatory Note is an important step towards establishing better procedures for domestic adoption.

The Minister of Justice, H.E. Ang Vong Vathana, expressed his appreciation for the efforts made by all members of the Working Group as well as UNICEF’s support.

Ms. Debora Comini, UNICEF Representative to Cambodia, noted the importance of the new Explanatory Note saying: “This Explanatory Note is the first of its kind in Cambodia, and we hope that it will help ensure that children are protected and are placed with families who have the ability to care and provide for the children’s needs.” said Ms. Comini. “Our collective aim must be to develop a strong child protection system with qualified and caring social workers; a system that caters to the needs and the rights of every child in search of a loving and supportive family. The Explanatory Note is one important step in achieving this aim.” she added.

The 3-day national workshop starting today also brings together experts and practitioners to discuss and raise awareness of national and international legal instruments relating to various areas of supporting and protecting children.


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