Relative Adoption as applies to inter-country adoption refers to the adoption of Filipino child/ren by relatives residing abroad within the fourth (4th) degree of consanguinity or affinity (Per Board Resolution  No. 069-62 series of 2012).

Former Filipinos permanently residing abroad and/or foreigners intending to undertake either local adoption, if able to comply with requirements of RA 8552 (the filing and the finalization of the adoption is done in the Philippines and have the intention of bringing the adoptive child to their country of residence) or through the inter-country adoption MUST first secure the approval from the Central Authority or appropriate government agencies before filing any adoption petition. Adoption applicants from the USA must first secure their suitability and eligibility to adopt (I800A) from the USA Central Authority on Inter-C-ountry Adoption. Canada based adoption applicants obtain such approval from the Central Authority on Inter-country Adoption of the Province or Territory of residence.





1.    The Questionnaire for Relative Adoptive Applicants (QRAA – ICAB Form No.2) which can be downloaded from this website shall be submitted by the prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) to the Central Authorities (CAs)/ Foreign Adoption Agencies(FAAs). The CAs/FAAs shall endorse to ICAB the completed QRAA with the agency’s assessment and recommendation on the prospective adoptive parents.

2.    If the CA/FAA favorably recommends the PAPs, the assigned ICAB social worker requests the CA/FAA to proceed with the preparation of the PAPs’ dossier.  On the other hand, based on the significant data on the child as indicated in the QRAA, the assigned ICAB Social Worker requests the concerned  Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office (DSWD FO) to conduct the Child Study Report with supporting documents. Periodic follow-ups will be made with the DSWD-FO. (The time frame from request to ICAB’s receipt of the report is 3-6 months.)

3.      Once the ICAB receives from the DSWD-FO the child’s dossier and the complete adoption application dossier of the PAPs from the CA or FAA, the ICAB social worker prepares an executive summary on the case with his/her recommendation on the child’s adoptive placement for the disposition of the Board.