Alternative care provided to a child by his or her relative/s who are within the fourth (4th) degree of consanguinity or affinity, except the following who are mandated under Articles 214 and 216 of the Family Code to exercise substitute parental authority over the child in case of his or herbiological parent/s’ death, absence or unsuitability :
1. Surviving grandparent/s
2. Oldest brother or sister or child’s actual custodian, over 21 years of age.
Child’s relatives within the 3 rd and 4 th degree such as:
● Great Grandparents
● Great Uncle
● Great Auntie
Step 1: Choose your service provider – Child’s relative/s may inquire at the Regional Alternative Child Care Office (RACCO) or Child Placing Agency (CPA) within the jurisdiction of his/her residence for the requirements and process of Kinship Care.
Step 2: Conduct of Parenting Capability Assessment – The RACCO/CPA social worker conducts a parenting capability assessment of the child’s relative to support his or her recommendation of the appropriate alternative care option for a child. The parenting capability assessment is a precondition before the child is placed under Kinship Care.
Step 3: Attendance to foster care forum – The child’s relative/s attends the Foster Care Forum at RACCO or CPA to know the process and requirements of Kinship Care. It also gives an opportunity for the interested individual/couple to raise his/her/their queries and share their thoughts and apprehensions on the program.
Step 4: Submission of Documentary Requirements – The child’s relative submits his/her/ their applications and complete documentary requirements, as discussed in the forum, to RACCO or CPA.
Step 5: Assessment of application – The RACCO/CPA social worker assesses the child’s relative capacity and motivation in fostering a child through home visits and collateral interviews with his/her/their family and community members. The RACCO/CPA social worker prepares a comprehensive Home Study Report (HSR) indicating his/her assessment and recommendation to the child’s relative/s based on the results of home visits and collateral interviews.
Step 5: Deliberation of Foster Care Application – The RACCO/CPA social worker presents the application of the child’s relative/s to the Regional Child Placement Committee (RCPC) for approval.
Step 6: Issuance of Foster Family Care License (FFCL) and Foster Care Identification Card (FCID) – The child’s relative/s receives the Foster Family Care (FFCL) and Foster Care Identification issued by the RACCO. His/her case is included in the roster of available foster parents.
Step 7 : Foster Care Matching – The RACCO/CPA social worker presents the foster parent and child’s case at the Foster Care Matching to determine the capacity and resources of the foster parents to provide the child’s needs.
Step 8: Receipt of acceptance from the foster parents and child’s social worker – The social worker informs the licensed foster parents or child’s relative/s the result of the matching and discusses the child’s case, as basis for his/her/their decision. The foster parent/s or child’s relative/s submits a letter to RACCO accepting the result of the matching.
Step 9: Issuance of Foster Placement Authority – The foster parent/s or child’s relative/s receives the Foster Placement Authority (FPA) from the RACCO.
Step 10: Physical entrustment of the child to the foster parent – The licensed foster parent/s or child’s relative/s brings his/her/their foster child home. Pre-placement activities (video conferencing, pre-entrustment conference, and etc.) are conducted before the actual entrustment.
Step 11: Monitoring of foster care placement – The social worker conducts home visits, monthly, or more frequently as needed for the first three months and bi-monthly thereafter, to monitor the foster child’s adjustment in the foster home as well as monitor the licensed foster parent or child’s
relative/s handling of their foster parenting roles and responsibilities. During home visits, the RACCO/CPA social worker provides updates the licensed foster parent on the status of the placement of his/her/their foster child either he/she is to be returned to his/her biological family or
already available for adoption, or he/she will have to stay longer with them due to reasons concerning the permanent placement of the child.
Step 12: Discharge of foster child to foster home – The foster child is discharged from his/her foster home when reunified with his/her birth parents or placed to another appropriate alternative care programs and services.
● PSA copy of Certificate of Live Birth;
● PSA copy of Marriage Certificate or Divorce, Declaration of Nullity of Marriage or legalseparation documents;
● Medical Certificate issued by a licensed physician within six months from the time ofapplication;
● Latest Income Tax Return or Certificate of Employment or any document to show proof of income;
● Original copy of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance or Police Clearance issued at least within a year from the date of application;
● Original copy of Barangay Certificate stating that the applicant is a resident of the barangay, the length of their residence therein, and that they are of good moral character;
● Whole-body photos of the applicant and, taken at least six months from the date of application; The date when the photo was taken must be indicated;
● Signed Undertaking on Child Protection and Code of Conduct of Foster Parents;
● Certificate of Attendance at Foster Care Forum (digital copy is accepted);
● Original copy of letters from three non-relative Character References who know the applicants for at least three (3) years;
Such other documents that the NACC, CPA, or LGU may require such as but not limited to the following:
● Photograph of the interior and exterior of the applicant’s house;
● Photocopy of Philhealth ID and copy of updated Members Data Record or Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) record when said HMO allows its principal members to declare a foster child as a dependent;
● Written consent of biological children, age 10 years and above, if living in the household;
Additional Requirements for Alien Applicants
● Passport (showing the applicant’s citizenship/nationality);
● Original copy of Certificate of Residence in the Philippines issued by the Bureau of Immigration, or the Department of Foreign Affairs;
● Proof of the alien’s residence in the Philippines for at least 12 continuous months at the time
of the application;
● For purposes of determining continuous residence, the alien must not have spent more than 60 days of the last 12 months period before the filing of the application outside the Philippines, except only for valid reasons.
● Undertaking from the alien that he/she will maintain such residence until the termination of placement of the foster child/ren by the NACC or expiration of the FFCL;
● Two (2) character references from non-relatives who know the applicant/s in the country they are citizens or were residents before residing in the Philippines, except for those who have lived in the Philippines for more than 15 years.
You may file their application to the Regional Alternative Child Care Office (RACCO), where the applicant resides.
Aside from RACCO, you may also contact the following licensed and accredited Child Placing Agencies (CPAs):
1. Kaisahang Buhay Foundation
No. 56 10th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
Phone: (+632) 912-1159 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2. NORFIL Foundation, Inc.
#16 Mother Ignacia Ave., cor. Roces Ave., Quezon City
Phone: (+632) 8372-3577
3. CRIBS Foundation, Inc.
C. Lawis Extension, Brgy. San Luis
Antipolo City, Rizal
Phone: +(632) 8658-2807
4. Parenting Foundation of the Philippines
19 Chapel Drive Mintcor Southcrow, West Service Road,
Phone: (+632) 8659-0340
5. Operation Compassion Philippines
2/f Philippine Bible League Bldg. 9
Colonel Salgado St. West Kamias, Quezon City
Phone: (+632) 435-4519
6. Onesimo Bulilit
390 Fraternal Street, quiapo, Manila
Phone: (+632) 735-1161
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