The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) created by Republic Act 8043 (RA 8043) was designated as the Central Authority in matters relating to intercountry adoption of Filipino children. It is a policy making and regulatory body and approves all adoption applications and placements.

The Inter-Country Adoption Board is the national government agency mandated to act as the Central Authority in matters relating to intercountry adoption and policy making and regulatory body for purposes of carrying out the provisions of the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995 (RA 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 proactively respond to the demands of international adoption.


To place Filipino children with suitable foreign adoptive families abroad to ensure the protection, security, and the 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 inter-country adoption services, including post legal adoptions;
  • Authorization/accreditation of foreign adoption agencies (FAAs) and through the DSWD, accredit child caring agencies/placing agencies (CCAs/CPAs) to participate in the program; and
  • Continuing partnership and networking with foreign adoption agencies (FAAs), child caring/child placing agencies (CCAs/CPAs) and other related agencies or authorities.


Respect for Human Dignity


Commitment and Compassion