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Adoption is the legal and voluntary taking and treating of the child of other parents as one’s own in so far as provided by the laws of the country. By means of a judicial process, whether related or not to the adopter, the adopted child acquires the rights and status of a legitimate child.

Source Publication:
Handbook of Vital Statistics Systems and Methods,Volume 1: Legal, Organisational and Technical Aspects, United Nations Studies in Methods, Glossary, Series F, No. 35, United Nations, New York 1991.

Statistical Theme: Social and welfare statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, February 28, 2003