The Labour Ministry has drafted a bill to streamline the complicated adoption process. It aims to make the adoption process quicker, but without reducing the quality of the decisions made.
The Labour Ministry; responsible for this area of policy, wants to set out clear rules and simplify the procedure, which requires a wait between four and six years for an adoption to be concluded.
Meanwhile, an estimated 2,800 children under the age of five live in the country’s state-run institutions, which is in the interests of neither parents nor children. The system is also hampered by a lack of transparency around private adoptions.
“We’re trying to set clear rules for all types of adoption,” says deputy Labour minister, Theano Fotiou. “We also want to increase the number of social workers responsible for carrying out the compulsory social research, so that we can produce more social reports and reduce the current wait of four-six years drastically downwards to a year to 18 months.”
The increase in social workers won’t be achieved by means of a recruitment drive, but by re-assigning workers from other areas when necessary.
Another target of the draft bill is a centralised system of electronic records, both of children up for adoption and fostering, and of potential parents.