What is Adoption?
Adoption is a socio-legal process of giving a permanent home to a child whose parents have voluntary given up their parental.
Who may be adopted?
- Any person below 18 years of age who has been issued a certificate that he/she is legally available for adoption.
- Legitimate son/daughter of one spouse by the other spouse.
- An illegitimate son/daughter by a qualified adopter; to improve his/her status to that of legitimacy.
- A person of legal age if, prior to the adoption, said person has been consistently considered and treated by the adopter/s as his/her own child since minority.
- A child whose adoption has been previously rescinded.
- A child whose biological or adoptive parent/s has died. Provided that no proceedings shall be initiated within six months from the time of death of the said parent/s.
Who may adopt?
Any Filipino citizen or alien residing in the Philippines who has the qualifications under RA 8552 may adopt if he/she:
- Is of legal age.
- Is at least 16 years older than the adoptee, except when the adopter is the biological parent or sibling of the adoptee or the spouse of the adoptee’s parent.
- Has the capacity to act and assume all the rights and duties to the exercise of parental authority.
- Is of good moral character and has not been convicted of any crime involving moral turpitude.
- Is in a position to support, educate and care for his/her legitimate and illegitimate children and the child to be adopted.
- Has undergone pre-adoption service.
What is Foster Care?
Temporary placement of abandoned/neglected or abused children to licensed individuals or couple.