Any adoption applicant interested in adopting a Filipino child/ren (either relative or non-relative) may contact their nearest Central Authority on Intercountry Adoption (if Ratifier or State Party to The Hague Convention) or any ICAB accredited/authorized Foreign Adoption Agency (FAA) of their country of residence who is responsible for the preparation, conduct and endorsement of the Home Study Report and Supporting Documents.
Any foreign national or a Filipino citizen permanently residing abroad may file an adoption application if he/she:
(N.B. Maximum age gap of 45 can be made an exemption on cases of relative, Special Needs Child-Special Home Finding and step-parent adoption).
The Home Study Report and Supporting Documents (SDs) must be attached to the Application and officially endorsed to the Board. Direct applications to the ICAB are not possible.
A. Application Form – an application form prescribed by the Board shall be accomplished by husband and wife and shall consist of the following:
B. Home Study Report to be prepared by the Central Authority or an ICAB accredited Foreign Adoption Agency.
C.Supporting documents to be attached to the Application shall consist of the following:
(The psychological evaluation remains as a separate document/report from the Home Study Report. The psychological evaluation should contain the type of psychometric tests administered to the Prospective Adoptive Parents (PAPs) as well as the outcome of such tests. It should also contain among others early childhood experience/s, marital/family relationship and functioning of the couple, and coping mechanisms in times of crises and problems inclusive of issues on infertility/childlessness (if applicable), handling the challenges that adoption brings and the parenting that comes with it, their capability of handling adjustment issues is elucidated and commented upon.
The Board recently required the submission of Base Rate for Million Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III (MCMI-III) and T Scores for Minnesota Multiphase Personality Inventory 2 Restructured Form (MMPI-2 RF) instead of the detailed raw scores of the psychological test. However, Prospective Adoptive Parents who have previously adopted from the Philippines are covered by Board Resolution 062-54 series of 2011 and are not required to undergo the above tests.)
(The Clearance should be issued by the police or other proper government agency involved in the maintenance of peace and order of the place where the applicants reside. The clearance should indicate that the applicants have no criminal record and that they have not been convicted of any crime of moral turpitude.)
The application shall be filed with the ICAB through the Central Authority (CA) on Inter-Country Adoption or an ICAB accredited Foreign Adoption Agency (FAA) or Governmental Adoption Agency (GAA) in the country where the applicant resides.
Foreigners who file their petition for adoption in the Philippines under the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998 or RA 8552, the Court after finding the petition to be sufficient in form and substance and a proper case for inter-country adoption, shall immediately transmit the petition to the ICAB for appropriate action. The ICAB shall then act on the application following the procedures described in the Amended Implementing Rules and Regulations.
Please make sure that:
All the process for the Philippine Intercountry Adoption (ICA) DOES NOT require the intervention of a lawyer/attorney either in the Philippines or from the applicant’s country of residence.