Adopt Abroad Inc.
Philippines Adoption Program 


Adopt Abroad’s Philippines Adoption Program is available ONLY to US citizens who are living outside of the United States. We cannot assist if you are living within the US, even if the child you are wanting to adopt is a relative.

Children Available

Philippine AdoptionsChildren from age 4 to 16 years of age. Adoption of sibling groups is possible. The Philippines does not allow gender requests or preferences. Filipino children are mostly light to darker tan complexions and have dark hair and dark eyes. However, some have a more fair complexion and can have light hair and eyes.

Special Needs Children: There is an active program for children with special needs. The children on the special needs list will have any of the following characteristics: aged 9 and above, sibling groups of three or more children, children with multiple medical needs, global developmental delays, mental retardation or have complex social backgrounds

Adoptive Parent Criteria

Marriage Requirements: Married, heterosexual couples are accepted. Applicants must be married for a minimum of three years. Applicants who have been marred at least 12 months may be considered if they have been in a common law or de facto relationship for several years. No more than 1 divorce.

Philippine AdoptionsAge Requirements: Adoptive parents must be at least 27 years old and at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted. Maximum age difference between the child to be adopted and the prospective parent may be no more than 45 years. This is often based upon the female applicant’s age. Parents with any history of arrests or psychological counseling may not be eligible. Please discuss with an AAI staff person if this is relevant to you.

Nationality: Preference is given to those with Filipino heritage

Relative Adoptions: Relative adoptions will be considered on a case by case basis. Even if the child is a relative, they must meet USCIS eligibility to be considered as “orphans” in order to be adopted into the US. All applicants must go through the ICAB and Hague process. Any applicants applying for relative adoptions must prove family lineage within the fourth degree of consanguinity

Income Requirements: You must demonstrate a financially stable home.

Religion Requirements: Families must be practicing Christians and will need to supply a letter from their pastor/priest that they attend church regularly.

Travel Requirements

Philippine Adoptions1 trip is required and it will be about 5-7 days in country. Both parents must travel.


Adopt Abroad Philippines Adoption Program Fee Schedule (PDF).

Please contact Adopt Abroad for further information.

Time Frame

The time from dossier acceptance by the adoption central authority (ICAB) to getting a referral of a child is estimated at between 18-36 months, depending on the age child you are seeking. Applicants seeking older children may have reduced waiting times.

Post Adoption Requirements

The Filipino adoption process is a non-final adoption. Your child will travel on an IR 4 visa back to the USA and will be in legal guardianship for a six month period. Post placement visits and reports are required ever two months (average of three visits) the adoption of Special Needs or Older children will require additional visits during this guardianship period. After this ICAB give permission for you to adopt the child and you must formally adopt the child in the US.

Philippine Adoptions

Information on The Republic of the Philippines

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Waiting Children

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