Adopting From the Philippines
Wide Horizons For Children has worked in the Philippines for 35 years, helping to place more than 680 Filipino children with loving families. Families are needed for children ages 1-8, including siblings.
The Philippines is a Hague Convention country and all adoptions are overseen by the Central Authority of the government, named the Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB). The Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB) of the Philippines prioritizes applications for families of Filipino-American heritage, resulting in shorter wait times for those families
About the Philippines
The Republic of the Philippines, comprised of 7,107 islands, is home to nearly 104 million residents. A mix of ethnic groups is present, including Tagalog, Cebuano, Ilocano and others. The official languages are Filipino (based on Tagalog) and English, but 8 major dialects are also recognized. Christian religions, primarily Roman Catholicism, are widely practiced.
The following applicants are eligible for the Wide Horizons For Children Philippines Adoption Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s birth country.
Married Heterosexual Couples Age 27 and Older
- Married three years or more; one year of marriage and two years of cohabitation is also recognized
- Adoptive mother must be no more than 45 years older than the child
- At least five years of strong family religious practice required
- Relative adoptions welcome
Please note that the above criteria are not all-inclusive; all international programs require proof of financial stability and have additional restrictions with respect to criminal history, physical and mental health.
Children Who Need Families
Boys and girls as young as age 1 and usually no older than age 8 are typically matched through this program. Applicants must be open to a child of either gender. Qualified applicants may ask to be matched with two or more siblings. Children are cared for in orphanages or foster homes. They are usually placed into care due to the death of one or both parents, poverty, abandonment, abuse, neglect, social stigma or the presence of special needs. Specialized services are provided to children who qualify while in care.
Each child is matched with a family by our foreign provider, the Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB), and staff persons who have actually cared for the child. This results in a highly personalized process. For example, a family may be chosen for a particular child based on religious practice, a physical similarity or talent the child shares with the adoptive parents.
Information You Can Expect to Receive
You will receive photos and comprehensive medical and developmental information, as well as a brief social/family history. In our experience the accuracy and relevance of the child information provided by ICAB at time of referral meets or exceeds Hague standards.
Estimated Wait Times for a Referral
Families of non-Filipino heritage may wait up to three years for the referral of a child under age 5 after dossier submission and ICAB approval. Families of Filipino heritage may receive a referral 18-24 months after dossier submission and ICAB approval. Wait times are considerably shorter for all families adopting a child or siblings older than age 5 - generally 12-14 months, depending on the age and number of children requested.
Travel Requirements and Experience
One trip of about one week is required to bring your child home. You are likely to travel 4-6 months after accepting your child’s referral. If married, only one parent needs to travel, although both parents are encouraged to make the trip. If only one spouse travels, that person must be a US Citizen. Accommodations in the Philippines are modern and comfortable and English is widely spoken. You will receive excellent support services during your trip.
Travel Experience and Resources
Accommodations in the Philippines are modern and comfortable, and English is widely spoken. You will receive excellent support services during your trip.
Please download our Adoption Information Guide for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all Wide Horizons For Children adoption programs.
Wide Horizons For Children Philippines Program Staff
Our expert program staff will guide you throughout your adoption journey in both the US and in the Philippines. We have extensive knowledge of the country and its child welfare and adoption system. We have maintained strong relationships with both adoption authorities and our in-country liaisons, Chosen Children Village Foundation, for more than 40 years.
We offer free consultations with an adoption specialist who can explain the process and start you on your adoption journey.
We look forward to working with you.
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- Wide Horizons For Children Philippines Adoption Program Fees
- Philippines adoption resources
- Financing your adoption
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