Ban on adopting Syrian, Iraqi orphans in Saudi Arabia
the ministry is also looking after children of Saudi fathers with foreign wives abandoned abroad
The Ministry of Social Affairs has prohibited Saudi families from adopting children of foreign or Arab nationalities and said the ministry is only concerned with taking care of Saudi orphans.
According to Al-Hayat newspaper on Thursday, the ministry said the children who lose their parents in areas of conflicts such as Iraq and Syria are the concern of the international humanitarian organizations.
Latifa Al-Tamimi, director of the women social supervision office in the Eastern Province, said the ministry is also looking after children of Saudi fathers with foreign wives abandoned abroad.
This article was first published in the Saudi Gazette on Jan 23, 2014.