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How old are the children?
What is the profile of children to be adopted?
Who can adopt from the Philippines
Do prospective adoptive parents need to use an international agency, such as Holt?

Do families need to use a local agency for a home study and post-placement reports?
What is a "waiting child"?
Can we choose to adopt either a boy or girl?
How are families selected for children?
What kind of information is available about the children?
Where do children live while they are in the Philippines?
What kind of medical care do children receive?
Do parents travel to the Philippines?
Does Holt have any post adoption programs?
Relative Adoption?

How old are the children?
Families may request as young as possible on their home studies, however, at time of placement the children are 3-5 years. Children with special needs and older children, may be 24 months - 7 years.
What is the profile of children to be adopted?
Children adopted from the Philippines can have varying health conditions—even healthy children generally have experienced some delays. Children who are older and have medical needs are also waiting for families.
Who can adopt from the Philippines?
Couples over the age of 27, married at least 3 years, and have no more than one divorce each. Single women as parents for older children are considered on a case-by-case basis. Relative adoptions fall under different guidelines.
Do prospective adoptive parents need to use an international agency, such as Holt?
Yes. Child caring institutions that can place children for adoption are licensed by the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). All children and families are selected by the Inter-Country Adoption Board. When a family is selected for a child, a child proposal is sent to the family, care of the International Adoption Agency.
Do families need to use a local agency for a home study and post-placement reports?
Yes. This agency must be on Holt’s list of cooperating agencies. This list will be sent to you when you request information from Holt. If you live in a Holt Branch state (Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, and eastern South Dakota), the Holt branch agency will be your local agency providing these services.
What is a "waiting child"?
A "Waiting Child" is any child who is legally freed for adoption and is waiting an adoptive family. They include older children, sibling groups and children with disabilities or special needs. Some have minor conditions such as pre-maturity, low-birth weight, developmental delays or other problems they are expected to outgrow. Others have conditions that may require surgery, such as cleft lip and palate, heart or orthopedic problems or crossed eyes. Others may have significant developmental delays having long term effects. Holt has a great deal of experience finding families for children and we will do all we can to answer questions and provide additional information.
Can we choose to adopt either a boy or girl?
Families must be open to a child of either gender and cannot specify boy or girl. However, you can specify gender if you are adopting through our Waiting Child program.
How are families selected for children?
Families are approved by the Philippine government’s Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB). This process can take 2-4 months from the time ICAB receives the family’s Home Study and Dossier. Applicants are then placed on ICAB’s “Roster of Approved Families” and wait for proposal of a child.
What kind of information is available about the children?
At the time when a child is proposed to you, families receive a Child Study Report, medical update and photograph of the child.
Where do children live while they are in the Philippines?
Children available for adoption may come from foster families, group homes, private or government child-caring facilities.
What kind of medical care do children receive?
When children come into care, there is a medical evaluation and an individual medical record is established.
Do parents travel to the Philippines?
Yes, at least one parent must travel to the Philippines for a minimum stay of 4-5 business days when it is time for their child to travel. In Manila, families are fully supported by on-site staff from our associate agency, Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), during their stay in the Philippines.
Does Holt have any post adoption programs?
Because Holt believes adoption is a lifelong commitment, our mandate to adoptive families is to continue providing services and support throughout the lifetime of the child. For adoptive families, international adoption includes the complexities of ethnicity, culture and race. Holt’s post-adoption program provides on-going social work support to families even after the adoption is finalized. This includes clinical support and counseling and assistance with birth searches. Holt also provides adoptee outreach through Heritage Camp, Family Tours, Adoptee web page (with monitored chat rooms), and adult adoptee support network and parent support groups throughout the country.
Relative Adoption?

Many families would like to consider adopting a relative of theirs who currently lives in the Philippines. In order for you to pursue a relative adoption, the child you are interested in adopting needs to meet the criteria for an orphan both by Philippine and United States immigration requirements. The US Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) defines the word orphan under two conditions:
a. The child must either have no parents
b. A sole or surviving parent who is unable to care for the child and has, in writing, irrevocable released the child for emigration and adoption

If you believe the child you are interested in adopting fits the above definition, feel free to give Mike Noah a call at 541-687-2202 ext. 173.

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