Adopting A Relative From the Philippines

Many families in the United States consider adopting a young relative who resides in the Philippines.  This is a common type of adoption from the Philippines.  Holston Home works with the InterCountry Adoption Board and the Department of Social Welfare & Development to help families in this process.

The Child

In order to be eligible to be adopted by a relative in the United States, the child must not have turned 14 years of age at the time the process is initiated, unless the relative is also adopting a younger sibling(s).  By Philippine law, the adoptive relative must be connected to the child within the fourth degree of consanguinity. A child who is any other relation to the prospective adoptive parents would not be eligible under relative adoption procedures but may qualify as a pre-identified adoption on a case by case basis.

In addition to being able to prove their relation to the child(ren), it must be shown that the placement would be in the child(ren)'s best interest.  Children eligiible for relative adoption can be orphaned (full or partial) or if the parents are alive,  be subject to extenuating circumstances beyond poverty  that would justify the children leave their parents to be adopted by relatives.  

The Process

The process usually takes around 2 years from application to placement. Here is a basic outline of the steps of the process:

  1. Contact Holston Home staff to discuss your situation and obtain needed forms.
  2. Complete the ICAB Questionnaire for Relative Adoption Applicants and Holston Home Application
  3. Holston Home will submit the case to ICAB for referral to the local Department of Social Welfare and Development for investigation of appropriateness for adoption and completion of the child study report.  This process is typically the longest portion of the wait.
  4. ICAB will review and approve the child's case for international adoption and ask that the family's dossier be submitted.
  5. The family will then complete the home study and dossier process and submit them the Holston Home.
  6. Holston Home will review the dossier and submit it to ICAB for review and approval.  
  7. The adoptive family will submit paperwork to United States Citizenship & Immigration Services (USCIS).  Form I-800A is submitted upon home study approval and i-800 is submitted once the child's legal paperwork is received.  
  8. Upon notice from ICAB that all is approved and ready, travel to the Philippines to pick up the child.

If you have questions about this process or would like more information, please fill out the form below or contact our staff via email

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