Adopting A Relative From the Philippines

Many families in the United States consider adopting a young relative who resides in the Philippines. This is a common type of adoption from the Philippines. Holston Home works with the InterCountry Adoption Board and the Department of Social Welfare & Development to help families in this process.

The Child

In order to be eligible to be adopted by a relative in the United States, the child must not have turned 14 years of age at the time the process is initiated, unless the relative is also adopting a younger sibling(s). By Philippine law, the adoptive relative must be connected to the child within the fourth degree of consanguinity. A child who is any other relation to the prospective adoptive parents would not be eligible under relative adoption procedures but may qualify as a pre-identified adoption on a case by case basis.

In addition to being able to prove their relation to the child(ren), it must be shown that the placement would be in the child(ren)’s best interest. Children eligible for relative adoption can be orphaned (full or partial) or if the parents are alive, be subject to extenuating circumstances beyond poverty that would justify the children leave their parents to be adopted by relatives.

The Process

The process usually takes around 2 years from application to placement. Here is a basic outline of the steps of the process:

If you have questions about this process or would like more information, please contact our staff via email.