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The serious problem of abandoned newborns (two of which were found recently dead) has put the issue back into the spotlight revealing the desperate situation in which too many women are in UAE. A police officer Sharjah stressed that only in the last two months found a newborn girl abandoned in Jamal Abdul Nasser Road on August 11, another baby was found on a rooftop in the Al Ramallah on 15 July, body of a newborn was found dead in a sewage pipe in the Free Zone of Sharjah and a decomposed body of a newborn baby was found in a work under construction in Al Mosla in July. " The official in charge of child protection in the emirate has expressed concern, saying that many women panic when faced with the consequences of the law in the country to become pregnant unmarried. The offense carries a prison sentence of up to 12 months and deportation for mother and baby. Ahmed Al Tartour, director of the Protection of the Rights of the Child in Social Services Sharjah, stated that "women affected are ignorant, poor or seeking a better life for their children in the UAE. The abandoned in Sharjah children are sent to centers welcome. All cases of abandoned children are reviewed by a committee looking for a suitable home for these children  who are treated like orphans " . If the biological parents are not found, the authorities allow babies be welcomed by families or expats Emirates.

Couples who want to become guardians of an abandoned child are reviewed by committees of the Child Protection Center . A court reviews your case and issue a certificate of no objection. "The Department for Child Protection has the right to surrender the child for adoption to unmarried women, divorced or widowed, whose age is not less than 30 nor more than 50.  The family is ready to welcome the child has the right to give the name, while the judge give the name and father 's tribe . the documents issued to the child should not show that it is an adopted child. " A Filipino 40, who asked to remain anonymous, told the newspaper 7days that " was considering adopting a child, because I met a countrywoman in her 20s , who gave birth to a child out of wedlock. "the delivery took place at home and the father is an Arab nationality and fled the country. the baby now has a month, does not have any documentation and I want to start with adoption procedures."  Almazar Barney's attorney, who works with the Philippine Embassy, said that fear is the main cause of the cases it has dealt with regarding this issue . "I've dealt with 12 cases of unmarried pregnant women since the beginning of this year. These mothers do not give birth in hospitals because they are afraid to go to jail and be deported." When a pregnant woman gives birth in the UAE, the authorities control the passports of her and husband. "I have seen a situation where a Filipino mother gave her child to a family, now the child is seven years old and is undocumented. Therefore, it can not be enrolled in school , " added the lawyer.


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