In Malaysia, a person may adopt a child under the Adoption Act 1952 or Registration of Adoption Act 1952 provided they satisfy the conditions stated under the respective Acts. We have extensive experience in providing representation and legal advisory services to individuals who are interested to adopt children both under the Malaysian Registration of Adoption Act 1952 and Adoption Act 1952.

Our Services

  • Advising and assisting parents in adopting children who are born either to Malaysian parents or non-Malaysian parents
  • Representing parents in court to legalise the adoption of the child
  • Assisting parents and the court in contacting the child’s biological parents, if needed
  • Contacting and liaising with the National Registration Department in the issuance of the child’s post-adoption birth certificate after the adoption order is granted
  • Providing legal opinions to non-Malaysian parents who wish to obtain foreign citizenship for the child
  • Advising and assisting parents in registering the birth of the child via the late registration process under the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1957

Our Experience

We have experience in advising and representing Malaysian and non-Malaysian parents in court during the adoption process. The adoption process includes obtaining an interim court order to dispense the attendance of the child’s biological parents during the court proceedings and obtaining the adoption order for the child.

We also advise and assist potential adoptive parents in obtaining the adoptive child’s birth certificate via the late birth registration process. This process involves among others, the compilation of documents and interviews of the witnesses of the child’s birth by the JPN officers.

Related Services

We also advise and assist parents in seeking for declarations of citizenship for children who are registered by the NRD as “non-citizen” or “undetermined”.

Reviews & Testimonials

– “I would like to extend my sincerest appreciation to MahWengKwai & Associates, particularly to Ms Jasmine Wong, Mr Eric Toh and Ms Liow Pei Xia. For the adoption of our two little girls, not only did they deliver what they promised in a professional and timely manner, they also went out of their way to cater to our needs. We are very thankful to have their support especially in certain aspects of the cases when it got quite challenging. We have recommended them to many of our friends as a result. ” – Wini and Tim Heron

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Raymond Mah
Managing Partner
Prisilla Chong
Associate
Jasmine Wong
Associate
Eric Toh
Associate
Janessa Kok
Associate
Wong Sue Ann
Associate

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The Malaysian Adoption Act 1952 does not address the citizenship of adopted children. As a result, the nationality of adopted children in Malaysia has been determined arbitrarily by the National Registration Department (NRD) in the exercise of its administrative function of registering orders granted by the Malaysian courts. By refusing citizenship to many adopted children, the NRD has forced aggrieved parents to subsequently apply to the Minister of Home Affairs for citizenship for their adopted children, which decision is discretionary and beyond judicial review.

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