Adopt a Child from Philippines


All God’s Children International is passionate about finding loving adoptive families for waiting children in the Philippines through our international adoption program. As a dedicated international Christian adoption agency, we’ll be with you every step of the way on your journey to adopt a child.

In July 2012, AGCI was approved and licensed to process adoptions in the Philippines. In this pilot program, we are working to find permanent and loving homes for older orphans and orphans with special needs in the Philippines. Throughout the pilot period, we are striving to better understand the process and time frames.

In 2015, we were also received approval to facilitate non-special needs adoptions from the Phillippines.

To determine your eligibility and view photos of waiting children, please submit a FREE Pre-Application

  • Available Children for Adoption in the Philippines

    Available Children
    The following waiting children are available for adoption:
    • Healthy orphans and children with special needs, ranging in age from 6 to 15 years old.
    • Younger children (ages 2 to 6) with moderate to severe special needs.
    • Sibling groups are commonly available, but cannot be guaranteed.
    • Families adopting from the Philippines can select the gender of their adopted child.

  • Adoption Process for the Philippines

    Step 1
    Complete home study and then submit dossier: approximately 6 months.

    Step 2
    Your dossier will be reviewed, translated, and approved by AGCI. Your dossier will remain at AGCI until you have been pre-approved for a child.

    Step 3
    Wait for a referral: approximately 9-12 months.

    Step 4
    When you have identified a child who meets your approved parameters, AGCI will request additional information on that child from the Central Authority, the Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB). Once the information on the child is received, you will have two weeks to make an informed decision about accepting the referral: approximately 4 weeks to 3 months.

    Step 5
    Wait for final adoption approval from ICAB board: approximately 6-9 months.

    Step 6
    Travel to meet your child: approximately 5-7 days.

    Step 7
    Welcome home! Once your child is home, AGCI and the Philippines require post-adoption visits and reports (at the 2, 4, 6 and 12 month anniversaries of your adopted child’s homecoming). The adoption will not be final until the 6 month post adoption report is received and approved by the ICAB.


  • Adoption Requirements for the Philippines

    Parent’s Ages
    Both adoptive parents need to be at least 27 years old at the time of application. Parents must also be at least 16 years older than the child they wish to adopt. There can be no more than 45 years age difference between the primary caregiver and the child.

    Marital Status
    Couples married at least three years (with no more than one divorce per spouse) are welcome to adopt from the Philippines. Single women are eligible to adopt older children, ages nine to 15, with moderate to severe special needs.

    Children in Family
    Families with no more than four children already in the home are welcome to adopt from the Philippines. Families must wait a full year after a child comes into their home to apply for adoption with the Philippines.

    Families must have a positive net worth and an income of at least $10,000 per family member, including the adopted child.

    Criminal History
    Families with no criminal history are welcome to adopt from the Philippines.

    Medical History
    Families with no history of mental health issues, substance abuse, and counseling are welcome to adopt from the Philippines. Both parents must have a BMI of 35 or less.

    Other Requirements
    As a part of the adoption process, ICAB requires adoptive families to submit a letter of recommendation from a Christian church or organization. The letter must verify that the adoptive family has participated actively with the organization for at least the past five years.

  • Adoption Fees for Philippines

    Payment plans are available. Our financial services advisor will work with you to create your personalized plan.

    The approximate cost to adopt from Philippines is $20,600. Cost does not include airfare, lodging and other fees associated with travel. For details visit the AGCI Adoption Fees page.

    Fee Disclosure: All fees paid to AGCI are paid in advance of service. AGCI fees are non refundable and may not be waived. If services are terminated and a refund is due, all refunds will be processed within 60 days of withdrawal and/or closure of the adoption file upon receiving the Adoption Termination Contract.

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