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The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) created by Republic Act 8043 (RA 8043) was designated as the Central

Authority in matters relating to intercountry adoption of Filipino children. It is a policy making and regulatory body and approves all adoption applications and placements.

The Inter-Country Adoption Board is the national government agency mandated to act as the Central Authority in matters relating to intercountry adoption and policy making and regulatory body for purposes of carrying out the provisions of the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995 (RA 8043)

To place Filipino children with suitable foreign adoptive families abroad to ensure the protection, security, and the best interests of the children.

In fulfillment of our Mandate and our Mission, we envision a Central Authority that is on the cutting edge of organizational development led by a multi-disciplinary team of experts and competent staff who proactively respond to the demands of international adoption. We endeavor to strengthen our advocacy efforts towards the development of sound policies and practices in adoption and child protection with the help of current knowledge based on high quality research and best practice models. We are devoted to nurturing meaningful partnerships with our various stakeholders, applying universally accepted principles of effective communication, efficient networking, and crosscultural sensitivity. We are committed to complying with all regulatory requirements affecting our facilities. Our organizational efficiency is enhanced by the use of the state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

A. The Inter-country Adoption Board Members The Inter-country Adoption Act of 1995 (RA 8043) created theBoard which is composed of the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the ex-officio Chairperson and six (6) other members to be appointed by the President for a non-renewable term of six (6) years: a. One (1) psychiatrist or psychologist; b. Two (2) lawyers who have at least the qualifications of a regional trial court judge; c. One (1) registered social worker; d. Two (2) representatives from non-governmental organizations engaged in child caring andplacement activities. A collegial body, theBoard exercises the general administrative, executive and collegial decision making functions of the whole agency. The powers and functions of theBoard include: policy formulation, program development, regulatory authority, advocacy and networking. Directly under the Board's supervision are the Inter-country Adoption Placement Committee (ICPC) and the Secretariat. B. The Inter-country Adoption Placement Committee (ICPC) The Inter-country Adoption Placement Committee (ICPC) is composed of consultatns from the following representations: a child psychiatrist or psychologist, a medical doctor, a lawyer, a registered social worker and a representative from a non-governmental organization engaged in child welfare. This multi-disciplinary group is involved in the following: 1. Carrying out of an integrated system and network of selection and matching of approved adoption applicants and children; 2. Recommend to theBoard approval of adoption applications and matching proposals; 3. Assist theBoard in its accreditation function; and 4. Act as consultants to the Secretariat in their area/field of expertise. C. The Inter-country Adoption Board Secretariat The Secretariat is the implementing arm of theBoard. This is headed by an Executive Director appointed by the Chairperson with the concurrence of the majority members of theBoard. The Executive Director serves

for a term of six (6) years and may be re-appointed by the Chairperson for another term with the concurrence of theBoard. The existing Secretariat has a total of 42 personnel distributed as follows: Thirteen (13) permanent staff Twenty-eight (28) Contract of Service Workers Procedures on Adoption WHERE TO FILE THE APPLICATION The application shall be filed with the ICAB through the Central Authority (CA) on Inter-country Adoption or an ICAB accredited Foreign Adoption Agency (FAA) or Governmental Adoption Agency (GAA) in the country where the applicant resides. The application shall be filed with the ICAB through the Central Authority (CA) on Inter-country Adoption or an ICAB accredited Foreign Adoption Agency (FAA) or Governmental Adoption Agency (GAA) in the country where the applicant resides.

RELATIVE ADOPTION Relative Adoption as applies to inter-country adoption refers to the adoption of Filipino child/ren by relatives residing abroad within the fourth (4th) degree of consanguity. Former Filipinos permanently residing abroad and/or foreigners intending to undertake either local adoption (the filing and the finalization of the adoption is done in the Philippines and have the intention of bringing the adoptive child to their country of residence) or through the inter-country adoption route MUST first secure the approval from the Central Authority or appropriate government agencies before filing any adoption petition. Adoption applicants from the USA must first secure their suitability and eligibility to adopt (I800A) from the USA Central Authority on Inter-C-ountry Adoption. Canada based adoption applicants obtain such approval from the Central Authority on Inter-country Adoption of the Province or Territory of residence.

MODIFIED PROCEDURE FOR RELATIVE ADOPTION CASES (AS APPROVED BY THE BOARD ONAUGUST 30, 2007) 1. The Questionnaire for Relative Adoptive Applicants (ICAB Form No.2) which can be downloaded from this website shall be submitted by the prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) to the Central Authorities (CAs)/ Foreign Adoption Agencies(FAAs). The CAs/FAAs shall endorse to ICAB the completed Questionnaire for Relative Adoptive Applicants (QRAA) with the agency's assessment and recomendation on the prospective adoptive parents. If the CA/FAA favorably recommends the PAPs, the ICAB social worker will then request the CA/FAA to proceed with the preparation of the PAPs' dossier. On the other hand, based on the significant data on the child as indicated in the QRAA, the assigned ICAB Social Worker will request the DSWD - Field Office (FO) to conduct the Child Study Report with supporting documents. Periodic follow-ups will be made with the DSWD-FO.(The time frame from request to ICAB's receipt of the report will be 3-6 months. In sitautions where the FO could not prepare the Child Study Report within the expected time frame in view of heavy adoption caseload, the ICAB social worker will assist in the conduct of the CSR).

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3. Once the ICAB receives from the DSWD-FO the child's dossier and the complete adoption application dossier of the PAPs from the CA or FAA, the ICAB social worker will prepare an executive summary on the case with his/her recommendation on the child's adoptive placement for the disposition of the Board. One (1) Detailed permanent worker from the DSWD

Fees, Charges and Assessments

These fees are provided for by Article III Section 13 of the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995 (RA 8043) and Section 29 and 40 of the Amended Implementing Rules and Regulations on Inter-Country Adoption. Effective February 2007, the ICAB fees which applies to all adoption categories (Regular or Non-Relative, Relative, Special Needs, Special Home Finding, Summer Program and Medical Missions) are as follows :

FEES AMOUNT IN US DOLLARS WHEN TO PAY Application Fee 200.00 Upon filing of the adoption application Processing Fee 2,000.00 for single placement

3,000.00 for sibling group of 2 or more (as of October 13, 2007)

Upon acceptance of the matching proposal Pre-adoptive placement costs The amount varies from one child to another depending on what part of the Philippines the child comes from and what country he/she is going to. Some Embassies of the Receiving Countries charge visa fees and require visa medical examinations while others do not. The total amount will be quoted by the ICAB in the placement proposal. Upon acceptance of the matching proposal

The finalized Local Adoption cases requiring ICAB's ratification has its own schedule of fees.

The ICAB also supports the request of the Association of the Child Caring Agencies of the Philippines (ACCAP) to increase its Child Care Support Fund (CCSF) from US$ 500.00 to US$ 1,000.00 per placement.

These new fees will not affect prospective adoptive parents whose adoption applications were received by the ICAB prior to February 2007 and are currently awaiting approvals and child proposals. This means that once these families receive a match, they will still pay the processing fee of US$ 900.00.

All payments (except for the CCSF which shall be addressed to the child caring agency where the child came from) shall be in the form of a company check or international bank draft and shall be made payable to the Inter-country Adoption Board. Personal checks, travelers checks or cash WILL NOT be accepted.

No adoption application will be processed and no Placement Authority will be issued unless the corresponding fees are received by the ICAB.

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