To celebrate the unconditional love between parents and their adopted children, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in partnership with different national government agencies (NGAs), child-placement institutions, and child-caring institutions will lead the observance of the 2020 Adoption Consciousness Celebration (ACC) on February 1 to 9.

With the theme, “Pagmamahal Palaganapin, Legal na Pag-aampon Ating Gawin! (Spread Unconditional Love through Legal Adoption),” the week-long celebration aims to promote legal adoption as an expression of unconditional love and support to abandoned, neglected, and surrendered children.

The theme also encourages families to undergo legal adoption in order to protect the welfare of adopted children.  The legal adoption process will also ensure the safety, security, and best interest of the adoptive children.

2020 ACC Activities

To commence the celebration, DSWD and members of the National Organizing Committee (NOC) of the 2020 ACC will hold a motorcade from Quirino Grandstand to Quezon City Memorial Circle on February 1. It will be followed by a gathering of adoptive families and a media forum at Quezon City Experience Hall with DSWD officials, representatives from the Judiciary and the Department of Justice (DOJ), and adoptive parents.

Among the topics that will be discussed during the media forum are updates on the implementation of Republic Act No. 11222 or the “Simulated Birth Rectification Act,” warnings on the birth simulation and social media pages facilitating illegal adoption, and information on pending laws related to legal adoption.

The Department, with members of the Association of Child Caring Agencies of the Philippines (ACCAP) will also open Adoption Help Desks on selected malls and churches around the country on February 8 and 9.

DSWD invites the public to join the celebration and promote the legal adoption advocacy in social media through the hashtags, “#adoptionislove” and “#legaladoption” this February. -30-