Rules for Philippine Adoption WHO CAN ADOPT A CHILD IN THE PHILIPPINES?

Adoption between the United States and the Philippines is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore to adopt from the Philippines, you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U.S. Government. The U.S. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition to these U.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents, The Philippines also has the following requirements for adoptive parents: • RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: U.S. citizens interested in completing a full and final adoption of a Filipino child while they are living in The Philippines must be residents of The Philippines for at least three years prior to the filing of the adoption petition, maintain such residence until the adoption is finalized, and posses a certificate of legal capacity to adopt issued by the appropriate agency from the state of residence. Prospective adoptive parents who meet these requirements should file a petition for adoption with the Philippines Court to begin the adoption process. The Philippines Government may waive these requirements if the prospective adoptive parent is a former Filipino citizen who seeks to adopt a relative within the fourth degree of consanguinity as defined by Philippines law, or the prospective adoptive parent is a person who seeks to adopt the legitimate child of his/her Filipino spouse. U.S. citizens not meeting these residency requirements will have to adopt through the Inter-Country Adoption Board procedures. This involves gaining legal custody for the purpose of adoption and completing a full and final adoption in the U.S. after a six-month trial period. This process is explained below. • AGE REQUIREMENTS: Based on the Inter-Country Adoption Law of the Philippines (Republic Act No. 8043), the adoptive parent must be at least 27 years of age and at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted at the time of application, unless the adopter/adoptive parent is the biological parent of the child to be adopted or the spouse of such parent. • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: If prospective adoptive parents are married, they must file jointly for adoption. • INCOME REQUIREMENTS: There are no minimum income requirements set by The Philippines. Prospective Adoptive Parents must prove financial stability. • OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Prospective adoptive parents must not have ever been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. Parents must be in a position to provide proper care and support and to give necessary moral values and example to all his/her children, including the child to be adopted. Prospective adoptive parents agree to

In addition to the Philippine’s requirements. In the event that the child is abandoned or neglected and no parent is available to sign the “Deed of Voluntary Commitment. the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your adoption. This endorsement certifies that intercountry adoption is in the best interests of the child. For example. WHO CAN BE ADOPTED Because the Philippines is party to the Hague Adoption Convention. children from the Philippines must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below.” a document used by DSWD asking for signature from the biological parents prior to matching the child with a prospective adoptive parent. 2. 1. adopting from The Philippines must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. Your adoption could continue to be processed in accordance with the immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions. the Convention requires that the Philippines attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption.N. Note: The adoption of relatives is common in Philippine culture.” the DSWD instead obtains a commitment order from the court. The document is essentially the consent of the parent(s). Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt . a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee for you to bring him or her back to the United States. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements. THE PHILIPPINES’ ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: • Relinquishment Requirements: A child is “committed” by way of the “Deed of Voluntary Commitment. Convention on the Rights of the Child. 2008. releasing the child to DSWD for subsequent adoption.uphold the basic rights of the child as embodied under The Philippines laws and the U. NOTE: If you filed your I-600a with The Philippines before April 1. HOW TO ADOPT: THE PROCESS Because The Philippines is party to the Hague Adoption Convention.

S. 4. your adoption service provider or you will submit a visa application to a Consular Officer at the U. Learn more. USCIS will determine whether the child is eligible under U. Department of Homeland Security. Department of Homeland Security. 3. the central adoption authority in the Philippines may provide you with a referral for a child.) Be Matched with a Child: If both the United States and the Philippines determine that you are eligible to adopt. you apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-800A) by the U. 2. law to be adopted and enter the United States.) Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt: After you choose an accredited adoption service provider.S Government. and a child is available for intercountry adoption.S. the birth parent or legal custodian has freely consented in writing to the adoption. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).icab.ph/. If the Consular Office determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. Embassy. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in the Philippines 5.S. the envisaged placement is in the best interest of the child. Once the U. you or your agency will forward your information to the adoption authority in The Philippines. he/she will notify the Philippines’ .) Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption: After you accept a referral to a child. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for provisional approval to adopt that particular child (Form I-800). The Philippines’ adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also eligible to adopt under Philippino law. Bring your Child Home 1.) Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider: The first step in adopting a child from The Philippines is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States 5.S.gov. U.3. Be Matched with a Child 4. After this. Only these agencies and attorneys can provide adoption services between the United States and The Philippines.S. U. Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of the particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child.S. Government determines that you are “eligible” and “suitable” to adopt. A non-government foreign adoption agency (FAA) intending to process the application of a Filipino child must be accredited by ICAB. The Consular Officer will review the child’s information and evaluate the child for possible visa inelegibilities. and no payment has been made to obtain the consent necessary for the adoption to be completed. The Philippine’s Central Authority prepares a report that determines that: the child is adoptable. Philippine approved agencies can be found on the website for ICAB at http://www.Please note: Prospective adoptive parents are required to work with an adoption agency that has also been approved by the Philippine Government. you will apply to the U. Government.

• ROLE OF ADOPTION AGENCIES: The adoption agency facilitates the pre-adoption counseling.) Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in The Philippines: Remember: Before you adopt (or gain legal custody of) a child in The Philippines.” • 3) Matching: The Inter-Country Adoption Placement Committee matches the child with a person or couple interested in adopting and refers its proposal to ICAB for approval.adoption authority (Article 5 letter). you must have completed the above four steps. • 1) Application: The prospective adoptive parents file an application with the ICAB through a United States adoption agency. child assignment. For Convention country adoptions. home study. Note: The Philippine Inter-Country Adoption Act prohibits contact between the prospective adoptive parents and child’s parents /guardians or custodians. Only after completing these steps. and application for child’s overseas adoption to the Philippine Government. • 4) The prospective adoptive parents shall notify the adoption agency in the United States of his/her decision within 15 days of receipt of the matching proposal. • ADOPTION APPLICATION: To start the Philippine adoption process. . The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in The Philippines generally includes the following: • ROLE OF THE COURT: The Regional Trial Courts are responsible for domestic adoptions in The Philippines. If the match is approved. Remember: The Consular Officer will make a final decision about the immigrant visa later in the adoption process. 5. This is where prospective adoptive parents file adoption petitions. prospective adoptive parent(s) may not proceed with the adoption or obtain custody for the purpose of adoption until this takes place. can you proceed to finalize the adoption or grant of custody for the purpose of adoption in The Philippines. See “Relinquishment of the Child” for a description of “committed. the concerned adoption agency in the United States shall be sent a notice of matching proposal. • 2) Endorsement of Child for Inter-Country Adoption: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) should endorse to the ICAB a child who has been previously committed to the Philippine Government. Learn more. prospective adoptive parents or their accredited FAA must contact the Philippine Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB). submission of application for adoption.

the adoptive parents enter a six-month trial period where the accredited adoption agency in the United States monitors the child’s welfare. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: The following documents. the number of prospective adoptive parents on the waiting list. • 7) Child travels to the United States: The adoptive parents must escort the child from The Philippines to the United States. • 8) Supervision of Trial Custody: Upon assuming custody of the child. Marriage certificate or Decree of Absolute divorce.• 5) Placement Authority: The ICAB shall issue the Placement Authority within five working days upon receipt of the prospective adoptive parents’ acceptance of the matching proposal. • • Birth Certificates of prospective adoptive parents. • 10) Final Adoption Decree.S. the adoptive parent should file a petition for adoption before the court in the United States. and the caseload of social service agencies and the courts. shall accompany the prospective adoptive parents’ application for adoption: • Family and Home Study Reports on the family and home of the prospective adoptive parents. The final U. which must be written and officially translated into English. . ADOPTION FEES: In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process. including the availability of children to be matched with prospective adoptive parents. your agency will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process. TIME FRAME: Adoption processing depends upon many variables. • 9) Petition for Adoption: After completion of the trial custody period. adoption decree should be submitted to ICAB within a month after its issuance. if applicable. • 6) Application for Immigrant Visa: The child appears at the Embassy for his/her immigrant visa interview.

• witnessed by the social worker after proper counseling. • Certification from the U.) Bringing Your Child Home Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child). • Character reference from the local church minister/priest. Department of Justice or other appropriate Government agency that the prospective adoptive parents are qualified to adopt under their national law and that the child to be adopted is allowed to enter the country for trial custody and reside permanently once adopted. Philippines Passport . so that you can later apply for a passport.• Written consent of the prospective adoptive parents’ biological or adopted children who are ten years of age or over. and • Recent postcard-size pictures of the prospective adoptive parents and all immediate family. NOTE: Additional documents may be requested. employer.S. there are a few more steps to take before you can head home. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate. or a non-relative member of the immediate community who have known the prospective adoptive parents for at least five (5) years. • Clearance issued by the police of other proper Government agency of the place of residence. • Physical and medical evaluation by a duly licensed physician and psychological evaluation by a psychologist • Latest income tax return or any other documents showing financial capability. Specifically. 6. You will be asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States: Birth Certificate You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child.

As part of this process. Failure to obtain citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel. including adopted children. Child Citizenship Act For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States as lawful permanent residents. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you.S.S Embassy for final review and approval of the child’s I-800 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. *Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a citizen upon entry to the United States. they enter a six-month trial period where the . On October 1. Immigrant Visa After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child.S. and voting. visit the U.Your child is not yet a U. you also need to apply for an U. The 2007 TB TIs include new requirements that affect the pace at which some adoption cases can be concluded. AFTER ADOPTION What does The Philippines require of the adoptive parents after the adoption? According to Philippine law. the U. U.S. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted. 2007. citizen. it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. visa from the United States Embassy for your child. For adoptions finalized in the United States: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree. after the adoptive parents escort the child to the United States and assume custody of the child. eligibility for education and education grants. the Consular Officer must be provided the “Panel Physician’s” medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional approval stage.S. so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Philippines. Embassy Manila’s panel physicians began using the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) 2007 Tuberculosis Technical Instructions (TB TIs) for the TB medical screening for all immigrant visa applicants from Kenya.

gov.S.accredited adoption agency in the United States monitors the child’s welfare.S. The final U. After adoptive parents complete the trial custody period.S. requirements for prospective adoptive parents. U. the adoptive parent should file a petition for adoption before the court in the U. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). citizens living in the Philippines do not need to possess a certificate of legal capacity to adopt.S. U.S.ph/.S. you must first be found eligible to adopt by the U. The Philippines is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Cooperation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). prospective adoptive parents must obtain a letter from the U. Government. For further information please visit ICAB's website at http://www.S.S. The U. the Philippines also has the following requirements for adoptive parents: RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS: U. and maintain such residence until the adoption is finalized. "Due to the large number of unmatched approved adoption applications for prospective adoptive parents wanting to adopt children" in this age group and the limited number of children currently available for inter-country adoption. Note: Special transition provisions apply to adoptions initiated before April 1. Government agency responsible for making this determination is the Department of Homeland Security. As of May 1. However.S. Who Can Adopt Adoption between the United States and the Philippines is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. Therefore all adoptions between the Philippines and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U. ICAB has indicated that the moratorium will be lifted after it has processed at least 50% of these current cases.icab. adoption decree should be submitted to the ICAB within a month after its issuance. law implementing the Convention. 2009 The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) has announced a moratorium on accepting new applications from prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a child between of 0-2 years of age with or without medical/developmental concerns.S. Therefore to adopt from the Philippines. Embassy's American Citizens Services section stating that they do not issue certificates of legal • . 2008. citizens interested in completing a full and final adoption of a Filipino child while they are living in the Philippines must be residents of the Philippines for at least three years prior to the filing of the adoption petition. In addition to these U.

or the prospective adoptive parent is a person who seeks to adopt the legitimate child of his/her Filipino spouse.N. The maximum age gap between the adoptive parent and the child to be adopted must not exceed 45 years. The Philippine Government may waive these requirements if the prospective adoptive parent (or parents) is a former Filipino citizen who seeks to adopt a relative within the fourth degree of consanguinity as defined by Philippine law. unless the adopter/adoptive parent is the biological parent of the child to be adopted or the spouse of such parent. Convention on the Rights of the Child. AGE REQUIREMENTS: Based on the Inter-Country Adoption Law of the Philippines (Republic Act No. Please see the below information provided in " Visa categories under the Hague Convention Adoption" which explains the difference between completing a full and final adoption in the Philippines and obtaining custody for the purpose of adoption in the United States. Prospective adoptive parents who meet these residency requirements should file a petition for adoption with the Philippine Court to begin the adoption process and submit the letter from the American Citizen Services in lieu of certificates of legal capacity. • OTHER REQUIREMENTS: Prospective adoptive parents must not have ever been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude. • INCOME REQUIREMENTS: There are no minimum income requirements set by the Philippines. Parents must be in a position to provide proper care and support and to give necessary moral values to all his/her children.capacity. Prospective adoptive parents must agree to uphold the basic rights of the child as embodied under the Philippine laws and the U. the adoptive parent must be at least 27 years of age and at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted at the time of application. • MARRIAGE REQUIREMENTS: If prospective adoptive parents are married. Prospective Adoptive Parents must however prove financial stability. they must file jointly for adoption. 8043). including the child to be adopted. • .

ph/.gov. For IH3 visa cases in the Philippines.NOTE: Since May 1. citizenship. citizenship as of the date of a full and final adoption decree in the United States as long as the child is under age 18 at the time of adoption and is residing in the United States in the physical and legal custody of the U. citizen parent or parents. but do not automatically acquire U. Visa categories under the Hague Convention Adoption 1. there should be a certificate of finality of the adoption decree issued by the court. A Convention adoptee who enters the United States on an IH4 visa acquires U. citizenship as of the date of admission to the United States. 2009. and legal adoption abroad by the petitioner (and spouse. The IH4 visa classification is appropriate for a Convention adoptee who will be adopted by the petitioner (and spouse. Upon residing in the United States with the citizen parent. if applicable) after being admitted to the United States (requires both petitioner intent to adopt and satisfaction of any applicable pre-adoption requirements of the home state). after having been lawfully admitted into the United States for permanent residence. Convention adoptees entering on an IH4 visa become Legal Permanent Residents upon admission to the United States. 2. The petitioning U. citizen parent must have legal custody of the Convention adoptee and authorization for the emigration and final adoption of the child.S. and assuming the IH3 visa classification was appropriate and the Convention adoptee is under the age of 18.S. the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) in the Philippines has set a moratorium on accepting new applicants wanting to adopt children within the age range of 0-2 years old with or without medical/developmental concerns.S. For IH 4 visa cases in the Philippines. if married) and who will reside in the United States with the Prospective Adoptive Parents.S. final. please visit the website of ICAB: http://www. the child will automatically acquire U.icab. The IH3 visa classification is appropriate for a Convention adoptee who was the subject of a full. the ICAB issues a Placement Authority. Who Can Be Adopted . For more information.S. It is a document that grants custody of the adoptee to the prospective adoptive parent or parents.

In lieu of a court order. In addition to the Philippine requirements. Note: The adoption of relatives is common in Philippine culture." a document used by The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) asking for signature from the biological parents prior to matching the child with a prospective adoptive parent. (upon the petition filed by the head of a licensed and accredited child caring agency or child placing agency or institution managed by the national government. THE PHILIPPINES' ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Relinquishment Requirements: A child is "committed" by way of the "Deed of Voluntary Commitment. the Convention requires that the Philippines attempt to place a child with a family in-country before determining that a child is eligible for intercountry adoption.Because the Philippines is party to the Hague Adoption Convention. the declaration of abandonment of a child is no longer judicial in nature. a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee to be brought to the United States. children from the Philippines must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for adoption. nongovernment organization. RA 9523. The document must have the consent of the birth parent(s). • Abandonment Requirements: Under the new law. shall issue a certification declaring the child legally available for adoption. the DSWD issues a certification declaring a child legally available for adoption. or by a provincial. For example. local government unit." the DSWD. releasing the child to DSWD for subsequent adoption. Learn more about adopting a relative. city or municipal Social Welfare Development Officer who has actual custody for the child). • How To Adopt The Philippine's Adoption Authority The Inter-Country Adoption Board . In the event that the child is abandoned or neglected and no parent is available to sign the "Deed of Voluntary Commitment. The time period before a child is considered abandoned has been reduced to 3 months.

The Process Because the Philippines is party to the Hague Adoption Convention. 1. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Immigration to the United States 5.S. the Hague Adoption Convention was not in effect for the United States and may not apply to your adoption. accredited or approved adoption service provider. You must complete these steps in the following order so that your adoption meets all necessary legal requirements. Please note: In addition to using a U. 2. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt: After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider.S. Choose an Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider: The first step in adopting a child from the Philippines is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to perform Hague Convention adoptions. you may apply to be found eligible to adopt (Form I-800A) by the U. U. adopting from the Philippines must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention's requirements. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in the Philippines 6. immigration regulations for non-Convention adoptions. Government determines that you are "eligible" and "suitable" to adopt. prospective adoptive parents are required to work with an adoption agency that has also been approved by the Philippine Government. Choose an Accredited Adoption Service Provider 2. NOTE: If you filed your I-600a to adopt a child in the Philippines before April 1. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).ph/. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is given below.S. Only these agencies and attorneys can provide adoption services between the United States and the Philippines. Department of Homeland Security.S. Once the U.S.icab. Bring your Child to the United States 1. you or your adoption service provider will forward your information .gov. Philippine approved agencies can be found on the website for ICAB at http://www. Your adoption could continue to be processed in accordance with the U. Apply to be Found Eligible to Adopt 3. Be Matched with a Child 4. 2008. Government. A non-government foreign adoption agency (FAA) intending to process the application of a Filipino child must be accredited by ICAB.

the birth parent or legal custodian has freely consented in writing to the adoption. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for provisional approval to adopt that particular child (Form I-800). he/she will notify the Philippines' adoption authority by issuing an Article 5 letter.S. Adopt the Child (or Gain Legal Custody) in the Philippines: Remember: Before you adopt (or gain legal custody of) a child in the Philippines. After this.to the adoption authority in the Philippines. and a child is available for intercountry adoption. you must have completed the above four steps. For Convention country adoptions. and no payment has been made to obtain the consent necessary for the adoption to be completed. your adoption service provider or you will submit an immigrant visa application to a Consular Officer at the U. The Philippines' adoption authority will review your application to determine whether you are also eligible to adopt under Philippine law.S Government. law to be adopted and enter the United States. The Consular Officer will review the child's information and evaluate the child for possible visa ineligibilities. Embassy. USCIS will determine whether the child is eligible under U. Remember: The Consular Officer will also need to make a final decision about the immigrant visa later in the adoption process. you will apply to the U." the envisaged placement is in the best interest of the child. the central adoption authority in the Philippines may provide you with a referral for a child. 5. Only after . The Philippine's Central Authority for adoptions prepares a report that determines if: the child is "legally available for adoption.S. Apply for the Child to be Found Eligible for Adoption: After you accept a referral for a specific child. If the Consular Officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States. prospective adoptive parent(s) may not proceed with the adoption or obtain custody for the purpose of adoption until this takes place. 4.S. Department of Homeland Security. Be Matched with a Child: If both the United States and the Philippines determine that you are eligible to adopt. 3. Each family must decide for itself whether or not it will be able to meet the needs of the particular child and provide a permanent family placement for the referred child. U.

completing these steps. home study.  The prospective adoptive parents shall notify their adoption service provider in the United States of his/her decision within 15 days of receipt of the matching proposal. o ADOPTION APPLICATION: To start the Philippine adoption process. o ROLE OF ADOPTION AGENCIES: The adoption agency facilitates the pre-adoption counseling.  Matching: The Inter-Country Adoption Placement Committee matches the child with a person or couple interested in adopting and refers its proposal to ICAB for approval. The process for finalizing the adoption (or gaining legal custody) in the Philippines generally includes the following: ROLE OF THE ADOPTION AUTHORITY: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) issues a certification declaring a child legally available for adoption. submission of application for adoption. and application for child's overseas adoption to the Philippine Government. o ROLE OF THE COURT: The Regional Trial Courts are responsible for domestic adoptions in The Philippines.  Application: The prospective adoptive parent or parents file an application with the ICAB through an accredited U.  Endorsement of Child for Inter-Country Adoption: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) must declare a child legally available for adoption as a prerequisite for adoption proceedings. adoption service provider. o .S.  Application for Immigrant Visa: The child appears at the Embassy for his/her immigrant visa interview. child assignment. prospective adoptive parents or their accredited foreign adoption agency (FAA) must contact the Philippine Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB).  Placement Authority: The ICAB shall issue the Placement Authority within five working days upon receipt of the prospective adoptive parents' acceptance of the matching proposal. This is where prospective adoptive parents file adoption petitions. can you proceed to finalize the adoption or be granted custody for the purpose of adoption in the Philippines. If the match is approved. Note: The Philippine Inter-Country Adoption Act prohibits contact between the prospective adoptive parents and the child's parents /guardians or custodians. the adoption service provider chosen by the prospective adoptive parents in the United States shall be sent a notice of matching proposal.

S. your adoption service provider will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process. witnessed by the Philippine social worker after proper counseling. if applicable. o DOCUMENTS REQUIRED: The following documents.  Petition for Adoption: After completion of the trial custody period.  Latest income tax return or any other documents showing financial capability.  Birth Certificates of prospective adoptive parents. adoption decree should be submitted to ICAB within a month after its issuance. the adoptive parent or parents should file a petition for adoption before the court in the United States.  Supervision of Trial Custody: Upon assuming custody of the child. o . the adoptive parents enter a six-month trial period where the accredited adoption service provider in the United States monitors the child's welfare.  Final Adoption Decree. o ADOPTION FEES: In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process. which must be written and officially translated into English.Child travels to the United States: The adoptive parent or parents must escort the child from the Philippines to the United States.  Physical and medical evaluation by a duly licensed physician and psychological evaluation by a psychologist.  TIME FRAME: Adoption processing depends upon many variables.  Marriage Certificate or Decree of Absolute divorce. the number of prospective adoptive parents on the waiting list. including the availability of children to be matched with prospective adoptive parents. The final U.  Written consent of the prospective adoptive parents' biological or adopted children who are ten years of age or over. and the caseload of Philippine social service agencies and the courts. shall accompany the prospective adoptive parents' application for adoption:  Family and Home Study Reports on the family and home of the prospective adoptive parents.

and  Recent postcard-size pictures of the prospective adoptive parent or parents and all immediate family. Immigrant Visa . so he/she will need a travel document or Passport from Philippines.S.  Certification from the U. or a non-relative member of the immediate community who have known the prospective adoptive parents for at least five (5) years. Specifically. citizen. o U. employer. Bringing Your Child to the United States Now that your adoption is complete (or you have obtained legal custody of the child). If you are asked to provide proof that a document from the United States is authentic. we can help. you need to apply for several documents for your child before he or she can travel to the United States: o Birth Certificate You will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child. Your name will be added to the new birth certificate. o Philippines Passport Your child is not yet a U. there are a few more steps to take before you can head home.S. Department of Justice or other appropriate Government agency that the prospective adoptive parent or parents are qualified to adopt under their national law and that the child to be adopted is allowed to enter the United States for trial custody and to reside permanently once adopted. Learn how.S. so that you can later apply for a passport.  NOTE: Additional documents may be requested. 6.  Character reference from the local church minister/priest.Clearance issued by the police of other proper Government agency of the place of residence.

passport. or verify U. eligibility for education and education grants. you may also need to obtain a visa. help you to complete the form online. *Please be aware that if your child did not qualify to become a U. Obtaining Your Visa In addition to a U. passports.S.S. you also need to apply for a U.S.S. Department of State has the authority to grant. and voting.S.S. Only the U. A visa is an official document issued by a foreign country that formally allows you to visit. As part of this process. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you. passport to enter and leave the Philippines. Traveling Abroad Applying for Your U. citizen upon entry to the United States.S. After the adoption (or custody for purpose of adoption) is granted. it is very important that you take the steps necessary so that your child does qualify as soon as possible. For adoptions finalized in the United States (IH4 visas): The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when the court in the United States issues the final adoption decree. The Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need. Embassy for your child. visa from the U. estimate your payment. issue. Failure to obtain U. Child Citizenship Act For adoptions finalized abroad: The Child Citizenship Act of 2000 allows your new child to acquire American citizenship automatically when he or she enters the United States on an IH3 visa as a lawful permanent resident.S. visit the U. Passport U.S. the Consular Officer must be provided the "Panel Physician's" medical report on the child if it was not provided during the provisional visa approval stage. citizenship for your child can impact many areas of his/her life including family travel.S.S Embassy for final review and approval of the child's I-800 petition and to obtain a visa for the child. . citizens require a valid U. Getting or renewing a passport is easy.After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child. and generate the form for you to print-all in one place.

it's always a good practice to investigate the local conditions. crime.S. The Department of State provides Country Specific Information for every country of the world about various issues. the adoptive parent or parents should file a petition for adoption before the court in the U. after the adoptive parents escort the child to the United States and assume custody of the child. your adoption service provider. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you. and any areas of instability.S. Travel registration makes it possible to contact you if necessary.Where required. unusual currency or entry requirements. adoption decree should be submitted to the ICAB within a month after its issuance. we encourage you to register your trip with the Department of State. Registration is free and can be done online. or a crisis the Philippines. political landscape. The final U.whether it's another adoptive family. they enter a six-month trial period where the accredited adoption agency in the United States monitors the child's welfare. Whether there's a family emergency in the United States.S. see the Department of State's Country Specific Information. including the health conditions. After Adoption What does the Philippines require of the adoptive parents after the adoption? According to Philippine law. or your religious or community services. To find information about obtaining a visa for the Philippines. registration assists the U. Take advantage of all the resources available to your family -. visas are attached to your passport and allow you to enter a foreign nation. laws. and culture of the country. an advocacy organization. a support group. The State Department is a good place to start. . After adoptive parents complete the trial custody period. What resources are available to assist families after the adoption? Many adoptive parents find it important to locate support after the adoption. Staying in Touch on Your Trip When traveling during the adoption process. Staying Safe on Your Trip Before you travel.

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