How to Adopt a Child in the Philippines – Adoption Requirements, Procedures

Because everyone deserves a loving and caring family, I decided to share this post today about adoption – how to adopt a child in the Philippines? What are the requirements and procedures?

If you are a Filipino citizen or an alien (currently not a citizen of the Philippines) who’s interested to adopt or looking for a foster child to raise and to love as a family, this page is for you.

First, I’d like to give the credits and warm thanks to DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Development) for sharing the requirements and process of adoption in the Philippines. They recently gave free consultation and entertained free inquiries related to adopting a person.

We all know that the DSWD is currently the generous department assigned and given the power to protect and care for the welfare of neglected and abandoned children. This agency is mandated to find suitable permanent home and loving family for those children so they will live a normal and healthy life and relationship.

The requirements and procedures are based on the Domestic Adoption Law (Republic Act 8552) in case you still want to go deeper the complete article and browse its sections. Domestic adoption is also referred as local adoption.

Who can adopt in the Philippines?

According to this Law, any person can adopt provided he or she is a Filipino citizen or alien residing in the Philippines who:

  • Is of legal age.
  • Is at least 16 years older than adoptee, except when the adopter is the biological parent.
  • Has the capacity to act and assume all the rights and duties incident to the exercise of parental authority.
  • Is of good moral character and has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.
  • Is in a good position to support, educate and care for his/her legitimate and illegitimate children and the child to be adopted.
  • Has undergone the pre-adoption services.
  • An alien may adopt if he/she has diplomatic relations with the Philippines, has been certified by his/her diplomatic or consular office or any appropriated agency that he/she is qualified to adopt in his country, and that his/her government will allow the adoption.
  • An alien has been living in the Philippines for at least three (3) continuous years prior to the filing of the application for adoption and maintains such residence until the adoption decree is entered

Who can be adopted in the Philippines?

  • Any person below 18 who has been administratively or judicially declared available for adoption.
  • Legitimate son/daughter of one spouse by the other spouse.
  • An illegitimate son/daughter by a qualified adopter/s to improve his/her status to that of legitimacy.
  • A person of legal age if, prior to the adoption, said person has been consistently considered and treated by the adopter/s as his/her own child since minority.
  • A child whose adoption has been previously rescinded.
  • A child whose biological parent/s has died provided that no proceedings shall be initiated within 6 months from the time of death of the said parent/s.
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Know more about Domestic Adoption Law in the Philippines by going to R.A. 8552.

Adoption Requirements in the Philippines:

If you are a foster parent or a couple interested to adopt a qualified person, you may prepare the following documents.

  • Authenticated Birth Certificate
  • Authenticated Marriage Certificate
  • Written consent to the adoption of the legitimate, adopted or illegitimate children living with the applicant who are aged 10 years old and above.
  • Health Certificates of Couple and family members
  • NBI Clearance or Police Clearance
  • Latest ITR (Income Tax Return) or any proof of income
  • Three Character References
  • Statement of Acceptance from Designated Guardian
  • Latest Family Picture and Home Picture
  • Home Study Report

Adoption Process and Procedure in the Philippines:

  1. Attendance to Adoption Counseling
  2. Filing of Application for Adoption
  3. Preparation of Home Study Report
  4. Approval/Disapproval of application
  5. Matching or Family Selection
  6. Pre-placement of the child with the prospective adoptive parents
  7. Placement
  8. Supervised Trial Custody
  9. Finalization of Child’s Adoption
  10. Issuance of the Adoption Decree/Certificate of Finality
  11. Issuance of Amended Birth Certificate
  12. Provision of Post-Adoptive Services

For inquiries and further details, please contact DSWD at dswd.gov.ph MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

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400 thoughts on “How to Adopt a Child in the Philippines – Adoption Requirements, Procedures”

    • Hi! I have Two toddlers already ages 1 and 2. Now that I am pregnant again my husband and I couldn’t afford to have another one. Especially for me I know I cant take care of the baby. I am so depressed now. I have to be honest anyone who is interested you have to look for our shelter because we have to go far from our place. We dont want anyone to know about this. You just have to shoulder all the expenses throughout my pregnancy and you can take my baby. Also I have to make sure that you are financially stable to raise a child.

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  1. hello my name is ree, 29 years old. I am 7months pregnant now and it was unplanned, my due date is on May 1st or 2nd week of May, the father of my unborn baby is Chinese, he is from China, but he iairresponsible boyfrie does not want to face his responsibility to his baby, that’s why i decided to give up this baby for adoption ..my unborn baby is a mix of blood, a half Chinese and half Filipino looking for a couple who couldhelp me i will not have children who are really willing to adopt my unborn baby and who will shoulder my all expenses since i can not work and just stay in home, i is it expensive in Philippines to adopt a child but i am hoping there ‘s still A couple / parents who can help me. I already have 1 son, am single mother and living by myself with my son. It is really hard for now that’s why i ask some help, if you are really willing to give help, we can talk thru viber if you are willing +639280740861, you can contact me in this number .. i am from Philippines.

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  2. Hi.. Im currently pregnant for three months now. I’m not sure of the gender yet. And hoping that they won’t back out cause i got the baby from a Nigerian . Im looking for a caring family that will adopt my baby when i give birth. I’m looking ng for a family that are willing to go through legalities. For those who are willing to adopt my baby you may contact me with this phone number 09367577054.

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    • Hi I am Engr. Rizalito Dinglasan.. Please allow me to adopt your baby. this is my contact number.. 09493602245.. I am from cavite..

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        • Hi I have a couple desperately willing to adopt a baby girl at least 2 or no more than 3 years old. This couple, the wife works part time at my care home business in California, they are both (Lito&Norma) in their mid 40’s and a hard working couple.

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      • Hello I am very much willing to adopt a newborn baby. No money involve please. Seaman ang asawa ko at hanggang ngayon wala pa kaming anak. please do contact me 09159754719

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  3. Hi my cousin just gave birth to a premie baby she’s looking for a willingly to be parents of her child. Kindly contact me if you were interested. Shes from Surigao.

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  4. hi Good evening, I need couples to be a better parents to my child. I am pregnant 4months. Dont know the gender yet. I need someone who can support me financially until I give birth. pls PM me on my mssgr “DIANA SANTOS” This is serious matter here .

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    • you can reach me in this number 09393476188. I’m willing to meet serious people who will adopt my baby via legal process . I hope someone can help me .

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      • Hi diana me and my wife very interested about your baby we are couple for 13 years living in Toronto canada we are looking for adoption kilangan namin masiguro na totoo ito thanks

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        • Hello Po. Are you still interested to adopt a baby? I am currently two months pregnant and i want my baby to be adopted due to personal problems. please contact me 09302300745.

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  5. Hi my partner and I are in 30s willing to adopt a baby girl. I am financially stable in the philippines and my partner is planning to work abroad. We dont have a child and I cant have a child so I am very sure na lahat ng love and needs ng bata ay maiibigay namin. Sa kanya lang focused namin magasawa. We can shoulder your hospital bills kapag nakapanganak kana.
    I hope anyone here consider ours.. Thank you and godbless. You may contact me 09218622442

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  6. Hi,
    I want to adopt a cousin of mine. I have kids of my own. But I am currently living in Europe. This is crazy thinking of me but I want to adopt the two of them even one of them. But I dont have so much time to sit and read the threads of comments on how so I want to be inform about the process and the hassle I will face.

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  7. Me and my husband is also looking for a new born baby to adopt and love as our own. Civil engineer po ang husband ko and regular government employee, we also have our own furniture business so sure na mabibigay po namin lahat ng needs ng baby. Please consider us. And please contact me 09167130862

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    • Hello po im 4 months preg. Need ko ko ng gusto mag ampon ng baby ko since hindi po ako kayang panagutan ng nkabuntis sakin..need ko po ng taong handang tumanggap at magmahal sa baby ko ng parang tunay nilang dugo. Need ko lang po ng matirhan since hindi po alam ng parents ko ang pagbubuntis ko.september po ang due date ko..at need ko lang po talaga ng matitirhan,pangkain dahil nkikitira lng ako sa friend ko at kayu na po bahala mag prefer sa hospital bills kapag manganak na ako..yun lang po.09172068525

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      • Hello we are willing to adopt your baby and cover all your hospital bills. Please consider us. We are California base. Filipina ako at American husband ko. We can provide you shelter in the Philippines habang nag aantay ka ng duedate mo. Please email me melodymakerfm@outlook.com thank you

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        • ok po maam..maraming salamat po sa inyu..sa tulong nyu po at mabigyan ng magandang kinabukasan ang anak ko sa poder nyu.ituring nyu po cxang turing na dugot laman.. Makakaasa po kayu na aalagan ko ng maayos sa sinapupunan ang baby para healthy ang baby.

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      • Gusto na namin magkababy ng asawa ko.. kaso po di po siya magbuntis.. Gusto ko na rin magkaanak.. Assistant manager po ako ng company.. pede ko po buhayin at bigyan ng magandang buhay ang magiging anak mo… eto po yung email address ko.. carlo061984@gmail.com

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        • ok po sir kung cnu po ang una makapagbigay sakin ng matitirhan ngayon cla po ang makakakuha sa baby ko.need ko lng talaga ng bahay matirhan ngayon gawa nung nkikituloy lng ako ngayon sa friend ko.at pangkain ko.

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      • elow po. ng hahanap din po kmi..
        willing tlga po kmi mg adopt. i read your post. sasagutin po namin ang hospital bills ninyo..
        Wla pa po kming anak. guzyo po naming mag ampon ng new born baby or baby na po.
        sana po ay ipagkaloob po ninyo samin na maging magulang.. interesado po kmi alagaan at bigyan ng maganda buhay itutureng namin syang sariling anak mas higit pa.. pls contact me
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        • Hi marz, pwd tayo nlang magpalaki sa magiging anak mo, at ituturing ko nring tunay n anak ang magiging anak mo, government employee ako, at regular sa trabaho, I’m Ramer..

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    • Ma’am you can go to the nearest Local Social Welfare and Development Office and inquire about the requirements and the process on how can you be a Prospective Adoptive Parent.

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  8. Paano po ba kung yung Tita mo gusto kang iadopt pero NASA america siya at gusto mo siya maging mommy dahil siya ung nagalaga sayo noon bata ka pa. Paano po ba?

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    • Is your tita’s habitual residence is in America? if Yes then your tita must go an Accredited Adoption Agency in USA for her to be aware of the whole Inter-country adoption process.

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  9. Serious Gay couple here looking for a baby to start a new family, I’m 37yrs from UK with good situation and my partner is in his early 20 also with work, I often come to the Philippines to visit his family, this is a very serious offer, we will pay for all hospital treatment, medication and needs for the mother. Thank you ?

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    • Gud day po.. Nghhnap po Ako ng willing tlga mg adopt ..actually 1month old npo sya.. Buntis palang Ako may nakausap napo Ako kaya lang nagbackout po biglang di napo nagpakita saken.nagbago po ata isip..actually my 3 kid sya puro boy kaya gusto niya DW ng baby girl.Kaso HND na nagoakita sken bka nagbago isip. Wala pong dapat ipag alala ung mag aadopt na baka bawiin ko.yan po ang Hinding hindi mangyayari.kasi ung baby po ang dahilan kung bakit di Ako nakauwi sa mag ama ko.lumayo Ako sknila para magbuntis ..HND pwd malaman ng family ko na nabuntis Ako.kasi nbuo ung baby sa kasalanan.gusto Kong bumalik sa asawa at anak ko pero diko mgwa kc NA saken pa ung baby..ayokong malaman ng asawa ko na kaya Ako lumayo kasi nabuntis pala Ako.sa willing pls contact me 09201307063

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      • kung dahil sa baby kaya hindi ka makauwi sa pamilya mo at handa mong ibigay si baby ng walang kapalit na pera, handa din akong bigyan sya ng magandang kinabukasan, buong puso ko syang tatanggapin na parang galing sa akin. email mo lang ako, lablovelylab@gmail.com

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      • Hello I read your post. We are willing to adopt your baby. I am Filipina but my husband is American. We are Calidonia base couple. Please contact/ email me rosalie_marrero@yahoo.com. We will promise to give a better future sa baby. Thank you and May God bless you!

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    • You’re better off buying one. By the time dswd finishes your paperwork your child will be ready for college. If you want to adopt a child the Philippines is not the place. We’ve been waiting on dswd for three years to approve our adoption with no end in sight. Then who knows how long I can will take. The girl we are trying to adopt already lives in our home in the Philippines with our relatives. She is already seven years old. We tried hiring a lawyer in manila and even he said the system is broken and he couldn’t help us. Find another country.

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      • Yes be careful bec we are a victim from a lady.. We met the prégnant lady here claiming n d daw alsm ng family nya that shes pregnant so she want someone who is willing….same story as everyone is posting here. We made an arrangement from macau to phils she went home witj our care. We rented a place where she said far from her place. To shorten the story aftet we prepate all n gagamitin nya n manganak she left without letting us know. All we saw in her room is a note that she left. We then concluded that she may only want money in exchange for the baby and who knows after n maibgay ang pera maybe she will still run away wd the baby..

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      • John I suggest you get your act together,myself and my wife I am British took care of a child introduced to us by DSWD last feb2017. We started the adoption procedure ,court hearing Aug 2017,
        we then asked the judge if we could take the child to UK to visit our home for a holiday,girl is 4 tears old. Judge granted us a court order,immediately, we applied for her passport the following thursday received same within 4 working days. Applied for a visit visa from British Embassy, received a 6month multiple entry visa within 8days. Spent 3months at our home in the UK, returned in Dec 2017
        next hearings already sheduled before we left for UK, for feb, mar, and april, all proved straight forward adoption procedure completed, Certificate of finality promised within 2 weeks.
        Not sure what country you are from but the system is simple, however it has to be followed correctly. We never paid or were asked for Bribes.
        If you are a foreigner resident in the Philippines you need to get a Certificate that you are eligble for adoption, this can be obtained via your Embassy in the Philippines.
        Adoption procedure in the Philippines is registered with many countries under the Hague Convention. DSWD were very supportive but ask them to recomend a lawyer who has a record of adoption procedures.
        Hope you manage to sort it.

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        • Hello Ian,

          I found this very comforting. My partner and I both British are getting married in the summer to return in oct to find a permanent home with the hope of adopting a child in the Philippines. We plan to return to the uk every uk summer , will this “break the 3 continous years ” needed for adoption? Do you have contact email/ no. For dswd? Do we just go to British embassy for certificate?
          Many thanks for any support

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  10. Hi! Im 7 months pregnant and im looking for someone to adopt my baby. I am not financially and emotionally prepared for it. I need someone who is more than willing to take care of my hospital bills and would be willing to take the child right after giving birth. Im from metro manila.

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    • Hello gypsy..want to know the gender about ur baby cuz me and my partner is looking a baby to adopt…contact me please sa number na ito 09082975570 thanks

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    • Hello Ma’am!
      Ask kulang po Sana if pwedeng ako nlng ang mag adopt ng baby nyo?
      Sasagutin po namin ang hospital bills nyo
      Pag na ipanganak na ninyo ang baby.
      Here po ako sa Malate Manila.

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    • Hello GYPSY nabasa ko po ang yung reason kung bakit mo ippaampon yun baby mo at naintindihan kita. Ako po at yung asawa ko ay willing po mag adopt ng baby po. Sana po ay e consider nyo po kami na mag aadopt sa yung bby. Ito po contact number ko po. 09165122133

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    • Hi Gipsy!
      Sakin mo na lng po ibigay ang baby mo, kc wala pa akong anak na girl if girl ang baby mo!
      Eto po contact no ko 09454899082
      Willing akong magbayad lahat ng gastusin mo sa hospital!

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    • Hi there! We’re a childless couple and we’ve been married for almost 12 years. We like to adopt your baby and love as our own. Please contact me at 09997731760. Hope you consider us.

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      • Sa mga gusto mag adopt ng baby with legal adoption papers pwede kayu lumapit sa worldwide baby adoption safe guarantee and free hassle

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  11. good day…
    we’re married for almost 4years. hanap po ako newborn baby aalagaan ko po nang parang anak namin..pls contact me 09125069524. thank u…

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  12. good day!gusto ko mag ampon may 3 na akong anak kaso 15 na bunso ko nag tatry po kami ng asawa ko magka baby ulet kaso lagi na ako nakukunan na ectopic pa ako.sana may kumontak sakin para mapa ampon ang anak.gusto ko po talaga magka baby ulet new born po aampunin ko.salamat.

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  13. My husband and I are seeking our first child to love and care for in the Name of Jesus Christ. The lord blessed you with a child to care for and love.

    Please be a blessing with your child and provide the child with a blessed home that will educate, inspire, provide direction, purpose, motivation and true love from the soul. We are God fearing people and believe strongly in our faith to adopt a child in the Name of Jesus Christ our savior.

    Please email if you would like to speak with me in reference to adoption of this great baby child..” All things are possible with the lord and pleasing to the lord with faith.” Take care and we look forward to speaking with soon.

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  14. Hi po.wala pa po kaming anak ng asawa ko,gusto po sana naming mag ampon ng new born baby.sana po ay ipagkaloob po ninyo samin na maging magulang kami at ibubuhos po nmin lahat ng makakaya namin para sa magiging baby namin.
    Maraming slamt po.godbless

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