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There are 3 paths to adopting from the Philippines:


For healthy children under 6 years old. EVOLVE can only submit a limited number of applications for this program each year. Please inquire about the current status of this program.

Special Home Finding

For healthy children over the age of 7 years old, children with special needs ages 2 to 15 years old, and sibling groups. A list of waiting children is released monthly. Families may apply for a specific child or sibling group on the list. Unrelated children may not be adopted at the same time.

Relative Adoption

Families may apply to adopt their relative child/children whose relationship falls within the 4th degree of consanguinity and meets requirements for adoption under the Hague Convention. Families complete a Relative Questionnaire to determine child/children’s eligibility. Family begins adoption process following the child/children being cleared for international adoption.

Adoptive Parent Requirements

  • Christian
  • Minimum age 27 and at least 16 years older than the child
  • Married 3 years, 5 years with previous divorce; 1 divorce allowed per person
  • Maximum of 45 years between age of child and the adoptive mother
  • Singles may adopt children ages 9 – 15 and children with special needs
  • No criminal history
  • High school diploma
  • Minimum income of $40,000
  • Must meet 125% of the US poverty guidelines based on household size
  • Physically and psychologically healthy

Unacceptable medical conditions include: Some forms of diabetes, obesity (BMI over 35), cancer, major organ transplant, pacemaker, stroke, myocardial infarction, multiple sclerosis / degenerative muscular disorder, autoimmune disorders, risk factors that can impede care (i.e. blind, deaf, etc.) Hepatitis C, psychiatric disorders, mood disorders / major depressive disorders, substance abuse, and sexual disorders. The Philippines’ Central Authority may make exceptions in certain circumstances. Please consult with EVOLVE for more information.

Children Available

  • Males and Females (cannot specify sex)
  • 2-14 years of age
  • Siblings and children with special needs
  • Relatives


  • Approved Adoption Study Report – 3-6 months
  • Dossier – 1-3 months
  • Referral – 36-60 months
  • Special Needs Referral – 6-18 months
  • Travel – 5 months after referral
  • Stay in the Philippines – 7 days
  • Progress reporting – 6-8 months after placement

Traveling to the Philippines

One or both adoptive parents will travel to the Philippines for a stay of about one week. Families will stay in hotels while in the Philippines.

Progress Reporting

A visit, report and photos are required at 1, 4, and 6 months after returning home with your child. Some programs require 8 months of progress reporting. An additional visit and report may be required by ICAB if adopting older children or a sibling group.

Visa Status

The Philippines is a signatory to the Hague Convention on Inter- country adoption. Children will receive an IH-4 visa in their passport before entering the US. Families will apply for their child to become a U.S. citizen after finalization in the U.S.

Legal Status

Families receive legal guardianship of their child when returning home from the Philippines. Families will need to finalize the adoption after a 6-9 month period.

Learning More About The Philippines

The Philippines is a country made up of more than 7,000 islands in Southeast Asia. It is situated in the western Pacific Ocean with the South China Sea to the west and the Philippine Sea on the east.  It’s capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries old Chinatown. Intramuros, a walled city from colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila.  The Philippines has a rich history combining Asian, American, and European influences. Its location on the Pacific Ring of Fire makes the Philippines vulnerable to natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones, and volcanic hazards.

The Philippines has a population estimated at 93 million.  Because of its long history of Western influence, 377 years by Spain and 49 years by the U.S., its culture has evolved as a unique blend of East and West. Filipinos are largely Austronesian (Malayo-Polynesian) in terms of ethnic origin. However, many people, have Chinese, Japanese, Indian, Spanish, and American ancestry as well. The official language of the Philippines is Filipino (Tagalog) but it is the third largest English speaking country in the world and also the only Christian majority country in Southeast Asia.  The climate is tropical with average temperatures ranging from 78-90 F with humidity around 77%.

To Apply for this Program

Fill out an application by clicking the button below. Note: For families located in Minnesota, please review the document, titled “Completing an Adoption in MN” before applying. For all other questions, Contact Us.

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