Adoption Lawyers in Singapore

Adopting a child in Singapore

Adoption is a legal process whereby parental rights over a child are conferred to the applicants. Once an adoption is complete, the parental ties to the original parents are severed. The adopters become the parents and take on all parental rights, duties, obligations, and liabilities concerning the child. Married spouses may jointly apply for the adoption of a child.

Child adoption in Singapore is primarily regulated by the Adoption of Children Act (ACA). IRB Law provides guidance and assistance on adoptive parents’ eligibility, procedural elements involved in adoption, legal implications, and other related adoption services.

Adoption in Singapore

To adopt in Singapore, you must be a:

  • Singapore citizen;
  • Permanent resident;
  • Holder of an Employment Pass;
  • Dependant’s Pass; or
  • Any pass which the family court deems as giving residential status in Singapore.

Other than residency status, what are the additional requirements to adopt?


You and your spouse must be at least 25 years of age. Plus, you are required to be at least 21 years older than the adopted child. In some cases, the rules are relaxed if you are under 25 or less than 21 years older than the child but related by blood.

The adopting parent/s cannot be more than 50 years older than the child.

Does marital status make a difference?

Yes. If you are a single male, you cannot adopt a female child unless there are exceptional circumstances.

What else should I know about the process?

Anyone who wishes to adopt a child must first attend a pre-adoption briefing before formally beginning the legal process of adoption.

We offer comprehensive legal advice and services regarding all aspects of adoption law. Please get in touch to book your consultation so we can better understand your unique situation.

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Areas of focus

  • General adoption guidance
  • Procedural aspects of adoption
  • Legal implications in adoption
  • Unmarried expectant couples
  • Expectant single mothers
  • Adopting partners child

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Meet Some of the Adoption Lawyers at IRB

Lawyer in Singapore - Mohamed Baiross
Mohamed Baiross

Founding Partner

Baiross is the managing partner of IRB Law LLP. He is an experienced lawyer with an excellent reputation across a broad selection of practice areas including divorce, insolvency, crime, probate, syariah, and civil litigation.

Lawyer in Singapore - Muntaz Binte Zainuddin
Muntaz Binte Zainuddin


Muntaz is a partner in I.R.B. Law and oversees the work of associates as well as manages the firm with the Managing Partner. She holds two degrees from the National University of Singapore.

Lawyer in Singapore - Ashwin Ganapathy
Ashwin Ganapathy


Ashwin has a keen passion in criminal defence and contested matrimonial matters. He has gained a reputation for fearlessly fighting for the defence of accused persons in all types of criminal offences.

Lawyer in Singapore - Kulvinder Kaur
Kulvinder Kaur


Kulvinder’s practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation, and matrimonial affairs. She has successfully obtained sole custody and highly favorable access arrangements for her clients (both mothers and fathers).

Lawyer in Singapore - Cherie Tan
Cherie Tan


Cherie’s primary focus is on matrimonial matters where her empathy, sensitivity and patience has won her many cases involving divorce, maintenance and custody. She speaks English, Mandarin and Hokkien.

Lawyer in Singapore - Mohammed Shakirin
Mohammed Shakirin


Mohammed Shakirin graduated from the highly selective Graduate LLB program at the National University of Singapore with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons). He covers a wide range of legal areas for his clients.

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