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June 9, 2021

U.S. citizens may adopt a Filipino child either via domestic adoption under Philippine Republic Act 8552 or via inter-country adoption under Philippine Republic Act 8043 (according to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption, or the Hague Adoption Convention). 

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Philippines, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law. Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa. 

Questions about Intercountry Adoption? 

The Office of Children’s Issues in the Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, plays an active role in the intercountry adoption process. In addition to serving as the U.S. Central Authority for the Hague Adoption Convention, some of the office’s primary functions include: 

  • Responding to inquiries about the intercountry adoption process; 
  • Producing and maintaining country-specific adoption information
  • Issuing Adoption Alerts in crisis situations; 
  • Working with U.S. embassies on diplomatic efforts with host governments about adoption laws and procedures. 

For more information, please visit the official Department of State Intercountry Adoption homepage. 

Contact Information 

Certificate of Legal Capacity to Adopt/Affidavit of Legal Capacity for Local Adoption:  

Please check our website for information on adoption in the Philippines. The U.S. Embassy and Consular Agency in the Philippines do not issue Certificates of Legal Capacity to Adopt. We also do not notarize Affidavits of Legal Capacity for Local Adoption. However, we can issue a letter to U.S. citizen prospective adoptive parents that they can submit to the local authorities in lieu of the certificate or the affidavit. Most authorities will accept the letter from the Embassy; contact us via email at ACSInfoManila@state.gov to request a copy. You also may wish to ask the appropriate Philippine adoption authorities whether local notarization of the affidavit will be acceptable.