Adoption by Muslims
Adoption is not recognised in Islam. However, raising, caring for, sponsoring or fostering an abandoned child or an orphan is allowed and encouraged when done through licensed charitable organisations.
The child carries the family name of his or her biological father. Emirates Red Crescent Authority facilitates sponsoring arrangements.
Adoption by non-Muslim residents
Expatriate couples who are not Muslims can adopt while living in the UAE as per the laws of their country/ies of citizenship and that of the child's.
Their embassies in the UAE must determine whether the parents are fit to adopt and then may legalise the adoption. The couple can then take necessary documents to the country where they wish to adopt, where they contact a lawyer or facilitator who can help them find a child in an orphanage.
Next, they must go to a court in that country to certify the adoption and then to their own country's embassy to legalise the process.
Please note that the process and requirements for adoption may differ from country to country. Please check with your embassy in the UAE.
Community Development Authority (CDA) in Dubai plays a key role in providing foster care and ongoing follow-up of abandoned children in the emirate of Dubai. It encourages Emirati families to enrol in the programme to embrace a child with a caring and loving family as one of their own.
For children who do not have foster families, CDA ensures the availability of alternative families or female staff members who act as substitute mothers and aunts in a domestic environment similar to that of a normal family.
The embracing family has to meet the following criteria:
- The family willing to foster a child should be an Emirati Muslim family staying in the UAE.
- Spouses should be at least 25 years old.
- A single mother willing to foster a child should be at least 30 years of age.
- The family should have displayed good conduct.
- Foster family/single mother should be free from infectious diseases or psychological and mental disorders.
- Foster family/single mother should be able to financially support family members and the child.
- Foster family should undertake to treat the child well, bring them up in a proper manner, take care of their health and protect them.
Reade more about the embrace programme and its related services.
Updated on 30 Dec 2019