between two persons, whether related or
not, whereby a person (adopted) is raised
to the status of a legitimate child of the
other (adopter).(The Family Code of the Philippines)
An adoption order has the effect of severing the parental responsibilities and rights of the birth parents and transferring those responsibilities and rights onto the adoptive parents.
After the finalization of an adoption, there is no legal difference between adopted children and those born to the parents.
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