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Philippines
Adoption
Advocate for Philippines
Overview
The Philippines accepts only a limited number of applications each year for healthy children who will be ages 2 years and up at time of placement. Many children are eligible for adoption through a Special Home Find process if they have a moderate or severe special need (examples include positive for Hepatitis B, partial hearing, global developmental delay, limb deformity, sight in one eye, heart defect), or are age 7 or older, or are members of a sibling group with at least one child age 7 or older. Several US agencies are also approved to hold hosting programs for Philippine children who are 7 or older and are eligible for intercountry adoption..

Children Available: The children are of Asian/Malay/Spanish descent, and come from orphanages and foster care throughout the Philippines.

The most common reasons for these children becoming available for adoption are social situations within the family, economic conditions, death of parents or a legal decision.

Parent Qualifications: Couples married three years or more may apply; Singles may apply for children age 9 or older. Minimum parent age is 27. Parents must be at least 15 years older than the child to be adopted but not more than 45 years older than the child to be adopted. There are no family size requirements.

Travel: Travel usually occurs about 4-6 months after acceptance of the referral. It is preferable for both parents to travel, though one may travel alone with permission from the Philippines. All paperwork and processes are completed before arriving in the Philippines. Total travel time is usually 7 days (one trip only.)

Timeline: Families who are given permission by the Philippine government to submit a dossier for a child from the Special Home Find list will generally complete the process in 12-15 months.Families who are able to submit regular applications are currently waiting three or more years for a referral. Families with Philippine heritage generally wait a shorter period.

Tips:To get started, please read the RainbowKids Adoption Guide (left menu) first. The next step is to contact and compare agencies. You may easily do this by using the Contact Wizard on our website. Receiving feedback about agencies from an online discussion group is always helpful as well. Finally, when you bring your child home, be sure and send your story to RainbowKids. We love hearing from proud new families!

To contact all agencies placing children from Philippines with just one form, click here
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Adoption Agencies Working in this country
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Cultural Pages for Children from the Philippines
Filipino Adoptee Network
US State Department
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Philippines Adoption Yahoo Group
Helpful Articles
New Cultural Coloring Pages
The Promises We Keep
Adopting Raul from the Philippines
Voices of Adoption
Adoption Life Books: Digital or Traditional?
Adoption LifeBooks: Getting Past the Initial Fears
Adoptive Parents Ask: What Does The Hague Convention Mean to Me?
Adoption Expectations
Changing Trends in International Adoption
Welcome Home
Funding & Affording Your Adoption
A Different Perspective
Host A Child from the Philippines
Adoption: Stretching to Find Your Child
The Waiting Child Video
A Treasure Worth Waiting For
When Adopted Toddlers Reject Their Parents
Top Ten Questions Families Ask About Thalassemia
What is Orphan Hosting?
5 Reasons to Adopt from the Philippines
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