Senator Grace Poe gets emotional while making a speech about adoption

The Senator says she experienced discrimination as a foundling.


( On September 2, Sen. Grace Poe became emotional while giving a speech about adoption at the 13th Philippine Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services.


Abandoned at a church in Iloilo when she was a baby, Poe was adopted by the late Fernando Poe Jr. and Susan Roces. She shared that her parents treated her lovingly and left no doubt in her mind that she is truly their daughter. However, she still met discrimination as a child.


"Even then there was much discrimination about it. Because every time you enroll in a school, instead of showing a birth certificate, what you had to show was an adoption certificate. So early on, even if I didn’t feel any less as a child of their own from my parents, society sometimes made me feel so," she said.


Knowing that her parents experienced hardships during the adoption process, especially when registering her as a Child in Need of Special Protection (CNSP), she now urges Congress to make the process easier. Poe filed Senate Bill 2892, which seeks to make the adoption process easier for those classified as a CNSP.


The said forum was attended by around 300 experts in the adoption community from all over the world.  

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