Adopting From the Philippines
Families are needed for children ages 1-8, including siblings. WHFC has worked in the Philippines for 35 years, helping to place more Filipino children with loving families than any other US agency. The Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB) of the Philippines prioritizes applications for families of Filipino-American heritage, resulting in shorter wait times for those families.
- The Philippines is a Hague Convention Country
- Foreign Provider is Central Authority of Government of the Philippines, Intercountry Adoption Board (ICAB)
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.
WHFC has helped place more than 680 children from the Philippines.
The following applicants are eligible for the WHFC Philippines Adoption Program. Please note that eligibility requirements for adoptive parents are usually determined by adoption officials in the child’s birth country, not WHFC.
Married Heterosexual Couples Age 27 and Older
- Married 3 years or more; 1 year of marriage and 2 years of cohabitation is also recognized
- Adoptive mother must be no more than 45 years older than the child
- At least 5 years of strong family religious practice required
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 or can request a boy. Qualified applicants can ask to be matched with 2 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 3 years for the referral of a child under age 3 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 4 - generally 12-14 months, depending on the age and number of children requested.
One trip of about 1 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.
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 information packet for a comprehensive list of fees and other important information on all WHFC adoption programs.
How to Get Started
If you have registered with us, complete your application as soon as possible to begin the process. If you are not a current WHFC client, register online today.
WHFC Philippines Adoption Program Staff
We have a long-standing relationship with Chosen Children, Inc., our liaison in Manila. You will receive excellent support services during your adoption process and while you are in the Philippines. Contact us for more information. We look forward to working with you!
- Steps in the international adoption process
- WHFC Philippines Adoption Program Fees
- Philippines adoption resources
- Financing your adoption
- Family stories