DSWD to soap opera scriptwriters, producers: Adoption is good


MANILA, Philippines—Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman has called on scriptwriters and producers of soap operas to portray the adoption of children in a more positive light.

Soliman said it was time to put an end to the misconception that adopted children tended to be mistreated and that adoptive parents were cruel or wicked.

Soliman recently sat down with writers of top networks ABS-CBN, GMA-7 and TV-5 to discuss the process of adoption and to correct what she said was a lot of “inaccurate information” about it.

In a statement, she noted that soap operas with adoption themes tended to show adopted children being abused by step parents or forced to do heavy chores in orphanages.

She said there was a need to show people that this was not the case and that being an adoptee did not diminish the worth of a child.

She said an adoptive family brought a lot of love into a child’s life.

Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chair Grace Poe Llamanzares agreed it was time to highlight the benefits of adoption and the responsibilities that went with it, rather than negative stereotypes.

In an earlier interview, Sally Dagulo of the Alternative Care Division of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said the department wanted to impart the message that adopted children were actually lucky and were not victims.

Dagulo said adopted children could be considered fortunate because there were people who volunteered to care for them and raise them as their own.

She explained that when the DSWD allowed children to be adopted, it made sure that they would be welcomed into caring homes with supportive family members.

The DSWD has had many adoption success stories, she said.

The adoption process is not as daunting as some fear. The DSWD also undertakes processes to check the motivation and background of couples or single parents who want to take children into their homes, she said.

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  • Renee

    Nice article. Please also give information how to contact DSWD and learn more about the adoption process for orphaned children.

  • Iggy_Ramirez

    Let me tell you about adoption:

    1. You apply for adoption through any adoption agencies (dswd, adoption international, etc)
    2. You may not go directly to orphanages (Hospicio de san jose, Asilo de san jose, etc)
    3. You submit documents, medical documents, income documents, criminal records, etc, etc
    4. You line up for when an orphan becomes available
    5. You may not choose the child that you would like to adopt.
    6. You may not refuse a child once he or she is assigned to you
    7. You may not return a child if he or she is disabled, mentally retarded, deficient, physically incomplete, or abnormal
    8. You begin the tedious paperwork of adopting the child
    9. You publish through any circulation that you have legally adopted the child

    Yes, it is that hard.

    So just try banging your wife and hope that one of those swimmers makes it through.

  • Transracial Eyes

    It should come as no surprise that an official within the Phillipines government would advocate for adoption to be seen in a better light, given the amount of trafficking of their own population that takes place with their blessing. If these stereotypes remain within the popular imagination, then perhaps this should be read as a condemnation of the vulturous trafficking of impoverished populations within the country. Shame on you.

  • jmadiaga

    It’s so much easier to rely or use a formula than to extend a little bit the imagination and be more creative, hence the stereotyping, as in the case of how the adoptive child is portrayed or treated in the storyline.  There are other more creative devices that can be used.

    My favorite formula of all:  if the protagonist encounters a problem, as developed in the story line, we see the protagonist in the next sequence holding a bottle of beer in one hand and a cigarette  in the other hand.

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