LOCAL CHILD CARING AND CHILD PLACING AGENCIES  (CCAs/CPAs)

(Article VI Section 17 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 8043)

  • Only local child caring and placing agencies registered, licensed and accredited by the Department of Social

Welfare and Development (DSWD) and with personnel and facilities to undertake comprehensive child welfare program can participate in the intercountry adoption program.

  • Child Caring Agencies/Child Placing Agencies are required to apply for their accreditation by the DSWD within one (1) year from the date of issuance of their license.

FOREIGN ADOPTION AGENCIES

(Article VI Section 18 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 8043)

  • Foreign Adoption Agencies from both Contracting and Non-Contracting States can participate in the Philippine intercountry adoption program.
  • An authorization is granted by the Board to a foreign adoption agency coming from a Contracting State.  The Central Authorities of Contracting States may adopt a system of  of cooperation to implement the process of authorization.
  • An accreditation is granted by the Board to a foreign adoption agency coming from a Non-Contracting States.

ICAB has the following foreign stakeholders:

FOREIGN STAKEHOLDERS (N = 107)

GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATION

CENTRAL AUTHORITIES

NON-GOVERNMENTAL ADOPTION AGENCIES

TOTAL

Europe 

26

22

48 (45%)

USA 

  1

28

29 (27%)

Canada 

14

3

17 (16%)

Asia Pacific 

11

2

13 (12%)

               TOTAL 

52 (48.6%)

55 (51.4%)

107 (100%)

LIAISON SERVICES AGENCIES

(Article VI Section 22 of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of RA 8043)

  • Only a non-profit licensed and accredited Child Caring/Child Placing Agency shall be authorized to serve as liaison of a foreign adoption agency with its dealings with the Board.
  • The Board periodically review the liaison services of the agency and may terminate any such service when after thorough evaluation, the agency is proven to have violated the requirements.

Policy on Liaison Service for Intercountry Adoption

  • Objective: To assist the ICAB in facilitating, delivering and executing services necessary for pre-adoption placements and rendering post adoption services.

A.   Child Caring/Child Placing Agency:

  • Only a licensed and accredited child caring agency/child placing agency shall provide liaison service.
  •  The Liaison Service Agency shall be accredited by the ICAB.
  •  The agency should have at least five (5) years of experience with good track record in the operation of child caring and/or child placement programs.
  • The agency must employ a separate staff member with a degree in social work to do liaison work and maintain a separate program and financial records for liaison services rendered.
  • Children under the care of the Liaison Service Agency shall not be matched with the family of a Foreign Adoption Agency (FAA)which they represent except when there are no other families from other FAAs available in the Roster of Approved Applicants (RAAs).
  • A Liaison Service Agency may represent a maximum of five (5) FAAs.
  • A CCA/CPA desiring to render liaison service for an FAA shall apply to the ICAB to provide liaison service.
  • The assessment/accreditation visit shall be conducted to the CCA/CPA applicant within three (3) months after receipt of the application.
  • Accreditation Certificate shall be issued to the CCA/CPA upon meeting the minimum requirements and standards for a Liaison service Agency.
  • An accreditation certificate is valid for three (3) years from date of issuance. In case of a first time CCA applicant approved as Liaison Service Agency, a provisional accreditation for two (2) years is granted.
  • The ICAB Secretariat shall provide technical assistance to the agency.

B. Foreign Adoption Agency:

  • An FAA desiring to avail of liaison service shall apply to the Board in writing.
  • Upon receipt of the application, the Board shall transmit a list of accredited  CCAs/CPAs that provide liaison services.
  • The FAA shall inform the Board regarding their choice and submit a Memorandum of Agreement between the FAA and the Liaison Service Agency.
  • The ICAB shall communicate in writing to the FAA and/or the CCA/Liaison Service Agency on the action of the Board.
  • An FAA availing of liaison service shall pay a monthly liaison service fee of five hundred dollars (US$500.)