CHOICES is licensed by the Philippine Intercountry Adoption Authority (ICAB) to facilitate the adoption of Filipino children to Canada.

The Philippines is a member of The Hague Adoption Convention.

This program is open to British Columbia families only.

For those interested in adopting a relative from the Philippines, please review the information under “Relative Adoptions”.

** Special Home Finding Program**

Adoptive applicants should be at least twenty-seven (27) years old and at least sixteen (16) years older than the child to be adopted at the time of application. The maximum age gap between the child and prospective adoptive parents (particularly the female PAP) is 45 years.

The Philippines is opened to married heterosexual couples and single applicants. The minimum length of marriage required for ICA applicants is 3 years or 1 year preceded by several years of common law relationship. Single applicants may only adopt children aged 9-15 years.

Single applicants can apply to adopt a child with special needs, an older child, or a sibling group.

PAPs with history of divorce: a maximum of two (2) divorce histories will be accepted.

Read more about “Who may adopt” here: http://www.icab.gov.ph/who-may-adopt/

Applicants should be open to either gender.

Sibling groups available.

Single applicants: Resources for older children between 9-15 years old.

The children lives in orphanages.

Read more about “Who may adopt” here: http://www.icab.gov.ph/who-may-adopt/

For more information on Special Home Finding Program, please review the information here: http://www.icab.gov.ph/special-home-finding/

It is difficult to provide a specific time frame for the adoption process as the political situation and legislation of any country is subject to change. However, the timeframe for a child referral largely depends on the adoptive applicants’ stated child preference (i.e. child’s age, gender and state of health or extent of known background). Acceptance of a child with special needs or an older child (73 months and above) generally shortens the waiting period.

Once an application is received and the home study is approved, CHOICES will assist in completing your paperwork and preparing the dossier for Philippines. We will guide and assist you through all phases of the adoption process while ensuring all requirements met both in Canada and in Philippines.

More information on the adoption process can be found here.

Upon completion of the adoption, ICAB will send a Notice of Travel, and Adoptive Parents can schedule their travel to the Philippines and a Pre-Departure Visit at ICAB’s office. During this visit, the child’s travel documents will be provided to the Adoptive Parents, who will also have the opportunity to meet with a social worker to discuss their case, ask questions, and prepare for their return home.

Adoptive Applicants can submit a “Mini-Application” to ICAB to allow them to assess the case before moving forward with a full application. The assessment by ICAB will take approximately 6 months to complete. Please contact CHOICES for more information and to obtain a Mini-Application Form.

Once the Mini-Application is approved by ICAB, the adoptive family can submit an application to CHOICES to complete a home study. One the home study is approved, CHOICES will assist in completing your paperwork and preparing the dossier for Philippines. We will guide and assist you through all phases of the adoption process while ensuring all requirements met both in Canada and in Philippines.

More information on the adoption process for relative applicants can be found here:

http://www.icab.gov.ph/relative-adoption/

http://www.icab.gov.ph/process-of-intercountry-adoption-for-relative-adoption-cases/