Justice Minister Ang Vong Vathana yesterday unveiled a booklet to educate the public about adoption, claiming few people understood how to adopt children and keep them safe.
The booklet was launched at a workshop on the issue in Phnom Penh.
Mr Vong Vathana said Cambodia had been implementing its law on adoption since 2011, but people still knew little about it. He said the booklet explained how the adoption process works and how to protect adopted children from harm.
“We want our children be safe in their new families and avoid any human trafficking. People lack knowledge in this area so that’s why the ministry created the booklet,” he said.
Justice Ministry secretary of state Chan Sotheavy said good standards on domestic adoption also helped improve international adoption practice.
“The booklet clearly explains the principles of adoption and the necessary conditions for adoption to take place,” she said.
“Explaining this properly is very important to ensure standards in adoption cases.”
Hiroshi Kiyohara, a Japanese adviser to the government, created the booklet in partnership with the ministry.
“Now it’s up to the Justice Ministry to promote this to the public for everyone to understand,” he said.