Rules and Regulations
This is an un-official copy of the rules and requirements for adopting from Cambodia, dated March 15th, 2001. Since that time there may have been changes to this sub-decree.
Sub-Decree on Application for Orphanaged
Child to Adopt Abroad—The Royal Government of Cambodia
Chapter One—General Rules
This sub-decree defined competence, condition and
procedure of application for the orphaned baby or orphaned child to adopt
Chapter Two—Competence, condition and Procedure of
Application for Orphaned Child
Alien, as the applicant must fulfill the conditions and procedure as provided in this sub-decree.
The applicant as spouse must marry and have up to 25-55 years of age. For the unmarried person may allow to apply, but must be up to 40-50 years of age. The applicant cannot apply for more than two children to adopt. Must be allowed if the applicant has no any child or has not more than two.
The applicant must fill the application from to submit to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation by attaching the following documents:
letter of adoption from the competent authority of the applicant’s country
the family situation, certified the family members from skilled agency on this
work and recognized from the competent ministry of applicant’s country (homestudy)
birth certificate or birth certificate of the applicant
marriage certificate or divorce certificate or single status certificate
certificate of the applicant (medical report)
psychology recognized by the applicant’s country (can be included in the med.
record issued by authority of birth country or place that applicant lives or
judicial record issued by the competent ministry.
of financial situation and applicant’s property issued by the competent
to adopted child entitlement includes inheritance as own child.
applicant’s photo taken in the last three months.
applicant’s contract on given information on adopted child upon the date taken
the adopted child from Cambodia one each year until 18 years of age to the
Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation
and this report is inspected and certified properly from the competent ministry
of child application of the applicant’s country and copy to Cambodian Embassy
in the applicant’s country. (Promise of post placement reports).
from the applicant’s country for the above-mentioned documents.
Orphaned baby/child to be applied to adopt must have the following qualifications and files:
years of age
under care of state orphanage or other center supervised by the Ministry of
Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation.
the center for at least 3 months before applying.
birth certificate issued by registrar
health certificate issued by physician in the hospital or other clinics
recognized by state
The child selection must be made by the list of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation, prepared and must be approved from application. The applicant entitles to see the orphaned baby/child in orphanage before making decision whether acceptable or not acceptable
All documents of application must submit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation via the applicant’s embassy in Cambodia. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation must check the documents as stipulated in article 3 and 4 of this sub-decree within 15 days. If the applicant’s file is inadequate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation entitles to refuse or send file to the applicant in order to fill up properly. After completely checked must certify from the ministry to accompany related document to Ministry of Social Affairs, labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation.
The Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation shall check on condition and forms, which the applicant filed as stipulated in article 5 of this sub-decree within 2 months. After checked must certify about the opinion of the ministry then submit related document to the Ministers Council for asking decision from the Royal Government.
The Council of Ministers must check files and submit to pass from the Royal Government within 15 days and must send approved letter to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation in order to make certificate letter and give the news to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to invite the applicant to come to Cambodia through the applicant’s embassy in Cambodia. The positive/negative decision is the power of the Royal Government.
After received approved announcement from the Royal
Government, the Ministry of Social Affairs, labor, Vocational Training and Youth
Rehabilitation must issue certificate of adopted child to the applicant.
Giving the orphaned baby/child to adopted parents shall be made
officially in front of the competent official of the Ministry of Social Affairs,
Labor, Vocational Training and Youth Rehabilitation as facilitator.
The adopted parents must be present to receive directly at that time. Not allow to give orphaned baby/child through the central
The Council of Ministers, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and International Cooperation and Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational
Training and Youth Rehabilitation must follow up information to help the
Cambodian adopted child till the one is 18 years of age.
Chapter Three: Dependence of Adopted Child Applicant
The applicants shall pay as below:
passport for orphaned baby/child whom is asked by applicant.
Ensure all expenses in leaving of orphaned baby/child.
The applicant may distribute voluntarily the kind
assistance to the Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor, Vocational Training and
Youth Rehabilitation has duty to manage using of humankind distribution under
the force rule and transparency.
Chapter Four: Final Rule
The rules, which have the terms against this sub-decree, shall be annulled.
Minister in charge of Ministers Council, Foreign Affairs
and International Cooperation, Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs, Labor,
Vocational Training, and Youth Rehabilitation and Minster or secretary of state
of related ministries have duty to execute this sub-decree effectively upon the
March 15, 2001
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