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 :




Application  Fee        US$200.00 Upon filing of the  adoption application
Processing Fee        US$2,000.00 for single placement       US$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.

  • 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.


The following are the common Pre-Adoptive Cost of the Philippine Inter-country Adoption Program: Exchange Rate: US$1 = PhP40.00 (as of Jan 2013)


PHp Cost

US$ Cost

National Statistics Office Birth or Foundling Certificate (2 copies)

Php    280.00



Php 1,200.00


Commission on Filipino Overseas Certificate

Php    400.00


The following child’s documents require authentication from the Philippine Supreme Court, Department of Health and Department of Foreign Affairs:


PhP Cost

US$ Cost

1. Birth or Foundling Certificate     Php200/document    $5.00/document
2. Deed of Voluntary Commitment or Declaration of Abandonment or DSWD Certificate of Child Legally Available for Adoption     Php200/document    $5.00/document
3. Placement Authority    Php200.00/document    $5.00/document
4. Placement Proposal    Php200.00/document    $5.00/document
5. Medical Evaluation Report/Medical Certificate    Php250.00/document    $6.25/document

in compliance to the requirements of the following Receiving Countries:

  1. Belgium
  2. France
  3. Germany
  4. Italy
  5. The Netherlands
  6. Spain

Other pre-travel/pre-adoptive cost such as visa pictures, visa medical fee, visa fee, authentication or legalization fee of documents varies according to the Receiving Country.