Any Filipino child below fifteen (15) years of age who has been voluntarily or involuntarily committed to the Department as dependent, abandoned or neglected may be the subject of inter-country adoption except when:
1. The child is part of a sibling group, where one or more is below 15 years old;
2. If the application for adoption of a child was filed before the child reached the age of 15;
3. Special Home Finding was initiated before the child’s 15th birthday; and
4. Other situations where the intent to adopt was manifested before the child reached 15.
In case of relative adoption, a child within the 4th degree of consanguinity or affinity shall be subject to inter-country adoption.
Children subject for relative inter-country adoption shall be officially endorsed by the DSWD Field Office which has jurisdiction over the child and such endorsement shall serve as the child’s clearance for inter-country adoption.
A Special Needs child includes:
A child who has been committed to the Department and who may be available for inter-country adoption shall be endorsed by the Department to the Board. The endorsement shall contain a certification by the Department that all possibilities for adoption of the child in the Philippines have been exhausted and that inter-country adoption is in the best interests of the child. The Inter-Country Adoption Clearance shall be issued by the DSWD together with the Child Study Report (CSR) and other Supporting Documents (SDs) shall be endorsed to the Board.
The following documents pertaining to the child shall be attached to the endorsement: