Reimbursement of Expenses incurred by Individuals Adop​ting Minors from Foreign Countries

Parents adopting minors from foreign countries will be partially reimbursed for expenses incurred in the adoption process not exceeding €10,000. This subsidy applies only for foreign adoptions which have been finalized from the 10th October 2017 onwards, even if the adoption process started prior to this date. An adoption is considered finalized only once the legal process is concluded in the Maltese Courts and a Court Decree is issued.
 
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Criteria:

1. A reimbursement of adoption expenses will start to be given to prospective adoptive parents. The sum to be reimbursed will not exceed the sum of €10,000. The aim of this fund is to partially cover expenses incurred by adoptive parents during the adoption process. Parents eligible for this fund must be Maltese residents.

2. This subsidy applies only for foreign adoptions which have been finalized from the 10th October,2017 onwards, even if the adoption process started prior to this date. An adoption is considered finalized only once the legal process is concluded in the Maltese Courts and a Court Decree is issued. 

3. The fund will cover, were applicable the below expenses:
  • ​Expenses incurred by an individual or a couple to be recognised as prospective adoptive parents, including training, reports needed as well as tests and other documents are requested.
  • Fees paid to translate documents as well as fees incurred for the legalisation of said documents as requested by the country from where the minor will be adopted. 
  • Interpreter fees and legal expenses, including Court expenses in the country of origin of the minor.
  • Accommodation expenses should prospective parent/s be requested to visit the country of Origin. Such request may be made by local Courts or the authorities of the same country and expenses incurred must be directly related to the adoption process. The rates of this refund will be based on Government rates applicable for members of the public sector who travel abroad. These rates may be revised and amended from time to time.
  • Flight expenses will also be covered should adoptive parents visit the country of origin as per request of the Courts or local authorities. The flight must be directly related to the adoption process and the refund covers up to an economy class ticket.
  • One application should be submitted in cases were more than one minor is adopted, such as in the case of siblings.
  • Other expenses related directly to the adoption process may also be refunded once reviewed by the Foundation for Social Welfare Services (FSWS).

4. Applicants should submit original receipts of all expenses incurred based on the criteria mentioned above (pt 3) for which a reimbursement is being requested.

5. Applicants are requested to fill in a Consent Form authorizing the Foundation to carry out necessary research and to verify information given with the Maltese Courts and with the offices of Identity Malta.

6. The application including the consent form, are to be submitted at the offices of Agenzija Appogg during the stipulated days and hours indicated. Applicants must also provide documents to prove their residency in the Republic of Malta. Original receipts of all expenses for which reimbursement is being requested must also be attached with the application. 

7. Applicants may submit the necessary documents at Agenzija Appogg, 36, St Luke’s Road, G’Mangia every Tuesday between 3:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m.