The ICAB is the agency of the National Government mandated to act as the Central Authority in matters relating to the inter-country adoption of Filipino children and the policy making body for purposes of carrying out the provisions of the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995 (Republic Act 8043).


We envision a Central Authority that is on the cutting edge of organizational development led by a multi-disciplinary team of experts and competent staff who pro-actively respond to the demands of international adoption.

We endeavor to strengthen our advocacy efforts towards the development of sound policies and practices in adoption and child protection with the help of current knowledge based on high quality research and best practice models.

We are devoted to nurturing meaningful partnership with our various stakeholders, applying universally acceptable principles of effective communication, efficient networking and deep cross-cultural sensitivity.

We are committed to complying with all regulatory requirements affecting our facilities. Our organizational efficiency is enhanced by the use of the state-of-the art equipments and technology.

As we work towards our mandate and vision, we become a model for government agencies and for sending countries.


The mission of the ICAB is to place Filipino children with suitable foreign adoptive families abroad to ensure the protection, security and best interests of the children. ICAB aims to achieve this mission through:

  • Formulation and development of policies, rules and regulations to ensure the protection of Filipino children adopted abroad;
  • Development and implementation of intercountry adoption services, including post legal adoptions;
  • Authorization/accreditation of foreign adoption agencies (FAAs) and through the  DSWD accredit child caring/child placing agencies (CCAs/CPAs)  to participate in the program; and
  • Continuing partnership and networking with foreign adoption agencies (FAAs) and Child Caring/Child Placing Agencies (CCAs/CPAs) and other related agencies or authorities.

A.   Policy Formulation

To formulate and develop policies, rules and regulations, to ensure the protection of Filipino children adopted abroad.

B. Program Development and Implementation

To promote the development and implementation of inter-country adoption programs and services, including post legal adoption services.

C.    Regulatory Function

To accredit and authorize foreign private adoption agencies and local child caring/placing agencies to participate in the inter-country adoption program.

D.   Advocacy and Networking

To advocate for policies and measures to ensure the protection of Filipino children adopted abroad through country-to-country agreements.

E.    Organizational Structuring

To further improve and enhance the capability of its internal staff to promote efficiency and responsiveness in the implementation of the mandate of the agency.