'A foundling is not stateless'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 07 2015 06:09 PM | Updated as of Jun 08 2015 10:36 PM

MANILA -- Several concerned adoptive parents have voiced out their concerns regarding reports and statements made about adopted children.

According to Adoptive Families Foundation, it is incorrect to believe that there is legal basis to consider a foundling stateless.

"Once a child is declared a foundling, and after the legal adoption decree is issued, he or she will automatically take on the adoptive parent's nationality. This is a basic and universal tenet in adoption that is followed in all countries, even when the children clearly come from another country," the group said in a statement.

The group also said the focus on finding Senator Grace Poe's biological parents to determine her nationality is misguided.

"The nationality of Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces should be the basis of Sen. Poe’s nationality," it added.

Meanwhile, the group also voiced out the concerns of adoptive parents regarding several reports and statements referring to an adoptee's biological parents as "real parents" or "tunay na magulang."

"This terminology is inaccurate and prejudicial because adopting through legal channels is indeed an authentic and valid way to forge a parent and child relationship. There is nothing 'unreal' about that bond. We assert that the parents who raise and care for a child into adulthood, those who are legally responsible for the adoptee's proper development, in our view, deserve the designation of 'real parents.' In addition, the term 'ampon lang' is highly inappropriate when referring to adoptees, as its use deepens the social stigma on adoption."

The group also urged the government to revise some of its laws, especially those putting adoptive parents at a disadvantage with other parents.

"This social stigma on adoptive families is reinforced by many unfair practices in the Philippines that put adoptive parents at a disadvantage, such as the absence of a maternity and paternity leave for the adoptive parents during the critical first few weeks with the child. These laws should be reviewed to put adoptive parents on equal footing with other parents," the group said.