SPECIAL REGIONAL CONSIDERATIONS - PHILIPPINES
Philippines is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Therefore all adoptions between The Philippines and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.
NOTE: Since May 1, 2009, the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) in the Philippines has set a moratorium on accepting new applicants wanting to adopt children within the age range of 0-2 years old with or without medical/developmental concerns. For more information, please visit the website of ICAB: www.icab.gov.ph/.
To bring an adopted child to United States from The Philippines, the prospective adoptive parents must be found eligible to be an adoptive parent by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). In addition to these U.S. requirements for adoptive parents, The Philippines also has the following requirements for adoptive parents:
6 Office of Children's Issues, United States Department of State, Intercountry Adoption, Philippines, adoption.state.gov/country/philippines.html