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A new era in adoption and alternative child care has always been forthcoming – with children in need of a loving family and a steady home – there are always areas for innovation and of improvement.


The enactment of Republic Act No. 11642 or the Domestic Administrative Adoption and Alternative Child Care Act changed the entire landscape of the Philippine adoption system. It also introduced much-needed reforms in the adoption process – with the end in view of providing a much simpler and streamlined administrative adoption process.


By virtue of R.A. 11642, the National Authority for Child Care (NACC) was established as a quasi-judicial agency attached to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), which now has the exclusive and original jurisdiction on all matters pertaining to domestic administrative adoption, inter-country adoption, foster care, and other forms of alternative child care.                                    


All duties, functions and responsibilities of the DSWD and then Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) relating to administrative adoption and alternative child care have been streamlined under the NACC to ensure that administrative adoption processes for the cases of legally-available children, relative, stepchild, and adult adoptees are the most expeditious and that it will redound to the best interest of the child interest.


The NACC is also tasked to spearhead the formulation and introduction of policy reforms and innovation to strengthen alternative child care processes, systems and mechanisms – consistent with the provisions of R.A. 11642, the 1993 Hague Convention, and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.


Towards this end, the NACC endeavors to safeguard and promote children’s rights and provide equity for those who have been abandoned, neglected, dependent, surrendered, orphaned, abused, and exploited children so they may freely craft their own future.


To place Filipino children and individuals in need of adoption and alternative care with suitable, secure and nurturing families through streamlined administrative services ensuring the welfare of individuals and best interests of the child.


All Filipino children in need of adoption and alternative care belong in a safe, loving and supportive family and community where they can thrive and become productive citizens.



NACC’s Quality Policy specifies the overall intent and direction of the organization and its commitment to quality. It is anchored on the vision and mission and is the basis for creating the Quality Objectives. The Quality Policy is communicated by the Unit Heads to ensure that each employee can relate their contribution to the attainment of the Quality Policy. The Quality Policy is reviewed for continuing suitability.



NACC is committed to upholding the best interest of children by providing effective and efficient adoption policy formulation, intercountry adoption regulatory services, entrustment services, and networking and advocacy that exceeds the needs and expectations of clients and stakeholders. To achieve this, we shall:

Nurture a proactive stance in protecting the Filipino child from abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and/or sale or any other practices in connection with adoption which is harmful, detrimental, or prejudicial to the child;

Actively respond to the demands of international adoption by strengthening its multi-disciplinary team of experts and competent staff; and,

Consistently comply with applicable requirements;

Continuously improve QMS with transparency, accountability, and integrity based on best practices and service excellence.


Rights of Filipino children and individuals in need of suitable, nurturing and permanent family or alternative child care arrangements ensured and protected.