The Inter-Country Adoption Board Members
Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995 created the Board which is composed of the Secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) as the ex-officio Chairperson and six (6) other members to be appointed by the President for a non-renewable term of six (6) years:
A collegial body, the Board exercises the general administrative, executive and collegial decision making functions of the whole agency. The powers and functions of the Board include: policy formulation, program development, regulatory authority and advocacy and networking. Directly under the Board’s supervision are the Inter-Country Placement Committee (ICPC) and the Secretariat.
The Board shall have the following powers and functions:
To formulate and develop policies, programs and services that will protect the Filipino child from abuse, exploitation, trafficking and adoption practice that is harmful, detrimental and prejudicial tot eh best interests of the child.
To institute systems and procedures to prevent improper financial gain in connection with adoption and deter improper practices which are contrary to the Act.
To promote the development of adoption services, including post-legal adoption services.
To accredit and authorize foreign private adoption agencies which have demonstrated professionalism, competence and have consistently pursued non-profit objectives to engage in the placement of Filipino children in their own country; provided, that such foreign adoption agencies are duly authorized and accredited by their own government to conduct inter-country adoption; provided however, that the total number of authorized and accredited foreign private adoption agencies shall not exceed one hundred a year.
To take appropriate measures to ensure the confidentiality of the records of the child, the natural parents and the adoptive parents at all times.
To prepare, review, modify and thereafter, recommend to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Memoranda of Agreement on inter-country adoption consistent with the implementation of this Act and its stated goals, entered into, between and among foreign governments, international organizations and recognized international non-governmental organizations;
To assist other concerned agencies and the courts in the implementation of this Act, particularly in the coordination with foreign persons, agencies and other entities involved in the process of adoption and the physical transfer of the child; and
To perform such other functions on matters relating to inter-country adoption as may be determined by the President.