Adoption gives the adoptive child the same rights, status and privileges as those of a birth child. It is a socio-legal process which establishes a parent-child relationship between persons who are not related by birth.

Who may Avail

a. A Filipino citizen who is at least 21 years of age and is at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted, in possession of full civil capacity and legal rights, and in position to support and care for his children (legitimate or illegitimate);

b. Any alien possessing the same qualifications as above stated and who has been living in the Philippines for at least three (3) continuous years prior to filing of the Application for Adoption and maintains such residence until the adoption decree is finalize



For Prospective Adoptive Parent/s (PAPs Dossier)

  1. 1 Duly accomplished and signed Application Form
  2. 1 PSA copy Birth Certificate of the couple applicant/s and their children.
  3. 1 PSA copy of Marriage Certificate, or Divorce, Annulment, Declaration of Nullity or Legal Separation documents  
  4. 1 original notarized consent for adoption. (for children above 10 years old)
  5. 1 original Certificate of Attendance to Adoption Forum
  6. 1 original Physical and Medical Evaluation (husband and wife) stating fit to adopt a child.
  7. 1 original Psychological Evaluation (husband and wife)
  8. 1 original National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance (husband and wife)
  9. 1 original police clearance (Husband & Wife)
  10. Original Barangay Certification/Certificate of Residence (husband & wife)
  11. 1 photocopy of Latest Income Tax Return or any other documents showing financial capability, e.g. Employment Certificate, Bank Certificate of Statement of Assets and Liabilities
  12. 3×5 inch-sized photos of the applicant, their family, and their home (taken within the last 3 months)
  13. 1 original court clearance (husband and wife)
  14. 1 original Fiscal Clearance (Husband and wife)
  15. 1 original affidavit of custody
  16. Three (3) letters of character references who have known the applicant for at least 3 years

In addition, foreign nationals shall submit the following:

  1. 1 original Certification that PAPs have legal capacity to adopt in their country and will allow the child adopted in the Philippines to enter their country permanently reside there;
  2. 1 original Certificate of residence in the Philippines issued by the Bureau of Immigration or Department of Foreign Affairs;
  3. 2 character references from non-relatives who knew the PAPs in the country where they resided (for over 15 years) prior to residing in the Philippines; and
  4. Police Clearance from all places of residence in the past two years immediately prior to residing in the Philippines


For relative adoption

  1. Same as the requirements stated in the previous documents for surrendered, abandoned and neglected children
  2. 1 Notarized Oath and Undertaking by the guardian/ relative
  3. 1 originally signed Family Genogram with 1 photocopy of Birth Certificate/s (each member)
  4. Certificate of attendance for Adoption Forum


For cases of Children with Finalized Domestic Adoption

  1. Same as the requirements stated in the previous documents submitted with the following:
  2. 1 Certified True Copy of the Adoption Decree
  3. 1 Certified True Copy of the Finality/ Entry of Judgment
  4. 1 PSA copy New Birth Certificate
  5. Photographs of the Child with the Adoptive Parents
  6. In addition, for an applicant who is residing abroad but is otherwise qualified to adopt in the Philippines under the provisions of RA 8552;
  7. 1 originally signed HSR prepared by an accredited Foreign Adoption Agencies (FAA)
  8. 1 Certification that the said FAA is accredited

Child’s Dossier

  1. 1 originally signed Endorsement letter
  2. Child Study Report
  3. Birth Certificate/ Foundling Certificate (2 SECPA copies original)
  4. Deed of Voluntary Commitment (DVC), if any
  5. 1 original Certificate of Authority of Notarial Act (CANA)
  6. Two (2) original copies of the CDCLAA (numbered)
  7. Health and Medical Profile
  8. Psychological Evaluation Report
  9. Recent Photograph
  10. Child’s Profile
  11. Regional Clearance for Inter- country Adoption
  12. Consent for Adoption (if 10 years old and above)