Cambodian Assembly debates adoptions

New law will fill legal void on foreign adoptions and help fight child trafficking.

Friday, 23 October 2009 Meas Sokchea from The Phnom Penh Post

A new draft law, part of which was passed today, will mean tougher regulations for adoptive parents.

THE National Assembly has begun approving a draft law tightening restrictions on the adoption of Cambodian children by foreign parents, responding to fears the previous lack of a regulatory framework allowed for the exploitation and trafficking of children.

“This law is an important part of the Royal Government’s enforcement policy on intercountry adoption and a means of serving children’s interests by finding them good families,” states a declaration appended to the draft law, presented in an Assembly session on Thursday.

Around half of the law’s 58 articles were approved by the parliament with little debate.

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