Despite recent progress in economic development, 40% of the population is living below poverty level and there are an estimated 2 million orphaned children. AGCI was approved and licensed to process adoptions with the Philippines in July 2012. We are honored to find permanent and loving homes for special needs children and older children in the Philippines.
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Orphans Needing Families
All God’s Children International has been changing children’s lives for more than two decades. We reach out to orphans who have no future, to provide the care, love, safety and hope every child deserves. Each year, more than 10,000 orphans, widows and members of at-risk communities have been met in their moments of need and given comfort.
• Healthy children 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 child or children.
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 special needs and older children in the Philippines. Throughout the pilot period, we are striving to better understand process and time frames.
Home Study & Dossier Process: Up to six months
Once you’ve contracted with AGCI, your first step is to complete your dossier and home study. AGCI staff will guide your family through the dossier process, while your home study provider will assist you in completing a home study.
Dossier Submission and Approval in ICAB: Two to four months
Once your dossier is complete it is sent to AGCI for review, translation, and authentication. As soon as all the important preparation steps have taken place, AGCI will submit your dossier to the Philippines’ Central Authority, Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) for approval.
Waiting for Placement: Nine to 24 months
Once you have a completed and approved home study, your family will be eligible to review basic information on available waiting children who meet your parameters. The time frame to be matched with a waiting child will vary, depending on the available children within your parameters. The average wait time to be referred a child through ICAB is two years. Alternatively, families need to submit both their home study and dossier if they prefer to receive their referral directly from ICAB.
The ICAB registry of available waiting children is shared with all licensed adoption agencies approved to work in the Philippines. Until a child is successfully placed on hold by ICAB for a specific agency and family, that child will remain available to any licensed agency for placement.
Matching Process: Two weeks to three months
When families identify a child who meets their approved parameters, AGCI will request that ICAB place a hold on that particular waiting child. The hold will last for approximately two weeks. During that time, AGCI can request further information on the child (including a full medical and social history), to assist your family in making an informed decision about accepting the referral. Should you choose to accept the referral of that child, ICAB will grant your family three months to complete the remaining dossier paperwork and USCIS Immigration approval.
If (after reviewing the child’s referral information) your family chooses not to accept the referral, AGCI will allow the two-week hold to expire. The child’s information will go back on the ICAB registry of available children in the hope they will be placed with another family.
Adoption Process: Three to four months
Once ICAB receives your completed dossier for a specific child, the case will be reviewed by ICAB’s Board. Final approval for the placement of the child with your family is decided by the Board. Upon receiving approval, you will file legal documents along with your I-800 application to the U.S. National Benefits Center (NBC). Once NBC approves your I-800, they will forward the approval to the National Visa Center, who in turn forwards the approval to the U.S. Consulate in Manila, Philippines. After the consulate has received the approval, they will request that your child’s visa medical appointment and interview dates be scheduled. Four to five days after the visa interview is complete, your child’s visa will be granted and your family will be invited to travel to the Philippines.
Travel Process: Five to seven days
The purpose of the trip is to spend some time getting to know your child and their birth country before bringing them home. It may also be possible for you to visit the orphanage or foster care home where your child was being cared for before the completion of the adoption. During the trip, you will also go to ICAB to receive your child’s passport and visa. You will not need to participate in any adoption specific proceedings while in country since the adoption process will essentially have been completed by the time you travel to the Philippines.
Post-Adoption and Finalization of the Adoption in the U.S.
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 child’s homecoming). During this time ICAB has granted your family legal guardianship of the child, but the adoption will not be final until the six-month post-adoption report is received and approved by ICAB. At that time, ICAB will issue the “affidavit of Consent to Adoption” which will be the final document required to complete readoption in the U.S.
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.
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.
Families with no criminal history are welcome to adopt from the Philippines.
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.
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.
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