Any person who wishes to apply for Child Adoption should submit his/her application at the District Office together with a statement or consent from the person who has the power to give permission to the adoption process. In case the applicant has domicile in Bangkok Metropolis or in foreign county, he/she shall submit his/her application to the Director-General of the Department of Social Development and Welfare or Child Adoption Center.

Thai Adoption Process

For other provinces, applications are to be submitted to the Provincial Governor’s Office. Some of the qualifications required from an adopter are as follows:

  • 1. Be at least 25 years of age and be at least fifteen years older than the child to be adopted.
  • 2. Have been a resident of Thailand for at least one year with a permanent address.
  • 3. Holding one year Visa with at least 6 months remaining (if applicant is of a foreign nationality).

Grounds for disqualification for adoption are set by the Civil and Commercial Code as follows:

  • 1. Adopter is adjudged incompetent or quasi- incompetent;
  • 2. Adopter is insolvent;
  • 3. Adopter is unfit to take charge of the person;
  • 4. Adopter is having or had a lawsuit against the minor or relatives of the minor.

In the event that the adoption process have been fulfilled and granted, the following are stipulations based on the Civil and Commercial Code:

  • 1. The adopter does not have right to inherit from the child adopted;
  • 2. The child adopted has the right to inherit from the adopter; and,
  • 3. The child adopted has the right to use the family name of the adopter.

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