Sharp fall in adoption applications amid pandemic travel curbs

2020 figure of 363 is lowest in 5 years as adoption agents stop travelling to source babies or taking clients overseas

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The number of applications to adopt a child last year - 363 - was the lowest in the past five years, with pandemic travel restrictions curbing the ability of adoption agents to travel overseas to source babies.

The majority of the children adopted in Singapore are born abroad.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 16, 2021, with the headline Sharp fall in adoption applications amid pandemic travel curbs. Subscribe