Adoption : Requirements and Supporting Documents

For prospective adoptive parents
1. Homestudy Report
2. Authenticated birth certificate;
3. Marriage Contract or Divorce, Annulment, Declaration of Nullity, or Legal Separation documents;
4. Written consent to the adoption by the legitimate and adopted sons/daughters, and illegitimate sons/daughters if living with the applicant, who are at least ten (10) years old;
5. Physical and medical evaluation by a duly licensed physician; and when appropriate, psychological evaluation;
6. NBI/Police Clearance;
7. Latest income tax return or any other documents showing financial capability, e.g. Certificate of Employment, Bank Certificate or Statement of Assets and Liabilities;
8. Three (3) character references, e.g. the local Church/Minister, the employer, and a non-relative member of the immediate community who have known the applicant(s) for at least three (3) years;
9. Pictures of the applicant(s) and his/her immediate family taken within the last three (3) months;
10. Certificate of attendance to pre-adoption fora or seminars.
In addition, foreign nationals shall submit the following:
:: Certification that the applicant(s) have legal capacity to adopt in his/her country and that his/her country has a policy, or is a signatory of an international agreement, which allows a child adopted in the Philippines by its national to enter his/her country and permanently reside therein as his/her legitimate child which may be issued by his/her country’s diplomatic or consular office or central authority on intercountry adoption or any government agency which has jurisdiction over child and family matters; or, in the absence of any of the foregoing, the Philippine Intercountry Adoption Board may also certify that the Philippines and the applicants’ country have an existing agreement or arrangement on intercountry adoption whereby a child who has been adopted in the Philippines or has a pre-adoption placement approved by the Board is allowed to enter and remain as permanent resident in the applicants’ country as his/her legitimate child.
:: Certificate of Residence in the Philippines issued by the Bureau of Immigration or Department of Foreign Affairs, as appropriate;
:: Two (2) character references from a non-relatives who knew the applicant(s) in the country of which he/she is a citizen or was a resident prior to residing in the Philippines, except for those who have resided in the Philippines for more than fifteen (15) years;
:: Police Clearance from all places of residence in the past two years immediately prior to residing in the Philippines.
In the case of an applicant who is residing abroad, but is otherwise qualified to adopt in the Philippines under the provisions of the Act, the Homestudy Report shall be prepared by an accredited foreign adoption agency. However, a certification from the Inter-country Adoption Board shall be required to ensure that said agency is accredited.

For prospective adoptive child
1. Child Study Report
2. Authenticated birth certificate or foundling certificate, when appropriate;
3. Written consent to adoption by the biological parent(s) or the legal guardian and the written consent of the child if at least ten (10) years old, signed in the presence of the social worker of the Department or child caring agency after proper counseling as prescribed in Section III of these Rules;
4. Death Certificate of biological parents, Decree of Abandonment or Deed of Voluntary Commitment, as appropriate;
5. Medical evaluation of the child and his/her parent(s), if available;
6. Psychological evaluation, when appropriate; and
7. Picture of the child.


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