Novelty Elements and Changes brought to Adoption Procedure by Law No. 57/2016

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Adoption is chief among the measures of alternative protection that can be taken to protect a child in Romania. According to Law no. 273/2004 on adoption procedure, current forms under which adoption can be found are domestic adoption and international adoption.

In what follows we will highlight certain novelty elements and changes to the domestic adoption procedure brought by Law no. 57/2016.

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9. Law no. 57/2016 published in the “Official Gazette of Romania”, Part I, no. 283 of 14 April 2016

10. Law no. 273/2004 regarding adoption procedure republished in “Official Gazette of Romania”, Part I, no. 739 of 23 September 2016

11. Law no. 448/2006 on the protection and promotion of rights for disabled persons was approved with amendments by Law no. 266/2015, for other social security benefits

12. Government Decision for the approval of the Methodology for contacting natural parents or biological relatives, the adoptee’s access to information regarding his/her origins and past, as well as the access of natural parents or biological relatives of adopted persons to information concerning the adopted person published on 15.03.2017 (

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