The FLG Philippine Adoption Program

ADOPTIONAt the Filipino Law Group (FLG), we believe that the center of happiness is a warm and loving family. Whether you are starting your family or extending your family by adopting a Filipino child the journey is exciting and probably the greatest accomplishment you will ever do in your entire life. Our FLG Philippine adoption program was developed by Philippine and U.S. licensed attorneys specializing in U.S. immigration and Philippine adoptions and in association with our partners accredited with the Philippine Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) to ensure that the complicated process of adopting a child would be as smooth and simple as possible.

Having proper legal guidance and assistance play a major factor since receiving inaccurate information or failing to submit necessary requirements can have severe adverse effects on the desired outcome. Being misinformed with the legal procedures or not understanding the process can delay the adoption significantly.

Who better to protect and represent you than an experienced Filipino adoption attorney with a successful ICAB-accredited agency partner? This will ensure the successful completion of the adoption process. FLG is prepared to help prospective adoptive parents whether it be a single individual, a traditional married couple, gay or lesbian couples and so forth. We will walk them through the legal process and assist them in properly adopting their child from the Philippines and bringing them home to the United States permanently.

The Filipino Law Group will:

  • Assist and/or represent you in court and agency hearings, such as the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the ICAB and so forth.
  • Communicate and work hand in hand with our ICAB-accredited partner to get your file processed and your case expedited.
  • File your Petition to Adopt, Immigration paperwork and review all legal documents.
  • Assist you through our Philippine office with all necessary or additional communication to keep the case active and in motion.

When adopting a child in the Philippines, prospective adoptive parents must be aware that the adoption process between the United States and the Philippines is governed by the Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention).

The Hague Adoption Convention is an international treaty designed to protect not only children and birth families, but also adoptive families by setting up strict standards for international adoptions to prevent child trafficking. Prospective adoptive parents must first be found eligible to adopt by the US Government through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

The Philippines, which is a signatory to the Hague Adoption Convention, is implementing the convention by enacting Republic Act No. 8043 otherwise known as the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995.

There are generally 7 basic steps necessary in order to complete the adoption process for children in the Philippines:

  1. Choose an ICAB-accredited Foreign Adoption Agency (FAA).
  2. Apply to USCIS to be found suitable and eligible to adopt a child from the Philippines.
  3. Be matched with a child by authorities in the child’s country of origin.
  4. Apply to the USCIS for the child to be found eligible for immigration to the United States and receive U.S. provisional approval to proceed with the adoption.
  5. Gain legal custody of the child from the Philippines.
  6. Obtain a U.S. immigrant visa for the child in order to bring the child to your home in the US.
  7. File a petition for adoption of the child in the US.

The time frame of completion of the entire adoption process varies depending on several factors, such as availability of children being matched to prospective adoptive parents and how many prospective parents are on the waitlist along with the caseload of the Philippine social service agencies. After bringing your adopted child to the U.S. there is still a six months trial custody period in which the accredited adoption agency in the U.S. monitors the child’s welfare and adjustment.

The is just a quick overview of adopting a child from the Philippines.

Schedule a consultation with an FLG attorney now.