Adoption is a fairly simple and a quick process in Pakistan. Our experienced lawyers in Pakistan are regularly consulted for adoption services and we fully understand the delicate nature of such legal proceedings.
Once you have decided to adopt a child from a Family or an Orphanage, you need to engage a Lawyer who will apply to the Family Court for adoption. The entire legal process of adoption is spread over four dates of hearing and an approximate time of 6 to 8 weeks. Many of our clients are based overseas who wish to adopt a child from Pakistan, therefore we not only assist them in obtaining necessary court order but our firm is also able to arrange other necessary documentation for enabling the child to go abroad.
How to Adopt ?
Eligibility requirements for Pakistani adoption are noted below:
The adoptive parents have to be a Muslim (unless the agencies know they are placing a Christian Child, they would not place a child with Christian family);
At least one of the parents must be of Pakistani origin and be eligible for a NICOP or CNIC;
Couples must be married for at least three years;
For a single man/woman, although the law does not prohibit adoption, it is not very common and may be more difficult; and
At least one of the prospective adoptive parent must be a citizen of the country of residence (i.e. America, Canada, UK, etc.).
Apply to the Family Court adoption.
NOTE: For persons residing outside Pakistan, please check with immigration authorities of your respective country to determine eligibility to adopt from Pakistan
Adoption in Islam
“adoption” is called kafâla, which literally means sponsorship, but comes from the root word meaning “to feed.” It is best translated as “foster parenting.” Algerian family law defines the concept thusly: “Kafala, or legal fostering, is the promise to undertake without payment the upkeep, education and protection of a minor, in the same way as a father would do for his son”.
It is very much encouraged in Islam to look after the orphan and there are many authentic hadiths [sayings and action of the Prophet (PBUH)] on the subject:
There is a great blessing and reward in taking care of orphans. In the Qur’an the Believers are urged again and again to take care of the orphans. The Prophet (PBUH) is reported to have said, “I and the guardian of an orphan will be in Paradise or Jannah like these two fingers and he joined his two fingers.” (Reported by al-Bukhari)
The Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said,
“The best house of Muslims is one where an orphan is cared for.” Another hadith states that Jannah is fard or wajib (obligatory) on the one who cares for an orphan. In another Hadith he mentioned that “when a person puts his hand of compassion on the head of an orphan, for every hair (that his hand touches) of that orphan he will receive a blessing from Allah.” (Reported by Ahmad)
In many passages the Quran also encourages looking after the poor and the orphans:
“They ask you what they should spend. Say: whatever you spend of good must be for parents and kindred and orphans and the poor who beg and the wayfarers, and whatever you do of good deeds, truly Allah knows it well.” (2:215)