Legislative review to allow non-parents to apply for guardianship of a child

We responded to the invitation for feedback under the Public Consultation on Recommendations submitted by the Committee to Review and Enhance Reforms in the Family Justice System by the Ministry of Law and the Ministry of Social and Family Development. In our work with various social service agencies (“SSAs”) in Singapore, Covenant Chambers LLC has received several enquiries where non-parents are seeking to apply to be guardians of a child.

In our paper, we asked for a legislative review to allow non-parents to apply for guardianship orders or specific-issue orders restricted to certain issues in a child’s life. These proposed changes will enable non-parents to legitimise their care for and relationship with a child they are caring for and remove the everyday challenges they face in exercising care for the child.

View the paper here.