Madison Adoption Associates
1009 Woodstream Drive
Wilmington, DE 19810
P: 302-475-8977   F: 302-529-1976
There are no unwanted children...just unfound families
In Philippines, children ages 8 months to 15 years are available for adoption. The children reside in public or private facilities throughout the country. The children generally receive excellent medical care but need a family to give them the individual love and attention they deserve.

Madison’s adoption program in the Philippines focuses on children who have special medical needs and children who are older. Madison works in cooperation with the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) of the Philippines to identify children who are legally available for adoption and to find appropriate families for these children. ICAB refers to this program as “Special Home Finding” and relies on Madison to find the best possible placement for each child. These children are:
  • Older children whose age range is from 5-15 years old
  • Children belonging to a sibling group of 3 or more
  • Children found positive of Hepatitis B or HIV
  • Children with minor to moderate medical conditions (cleft lip/palate, sight impaired, hearing impaired, mild cerebral palsy, etc.) or developmental delays (language/speech, motor skills, etc.)
Children adopted from Philippines will enter the U.S. on an IR-4 visa. Adoptions are finalized in the United States, and the adoption is completed in your local county court.


Adoption Resources

It is a requirement of the Philippine Inter-Country Adoption Law that the adoptive applicants should be at least twenty-seven (27) years old and at least sixteen (16) years older than the child to be adopted at the time of application. The mother should be no more than 45 years older than the child she adopts. The applicants must be legally married for at least three (3) years and generally, no more than one divorce per spouse is allowed. The family should also be actively practicing some type of religion to which they will expose their child.

Single women are permitted to adopt from the Special Home Finding Program.

Note: Effective November 1, 2009, the Philippine adoption program will no longer accept families who have the following medical and psychological issues:

Unacceptable Medical Issues:
  1. Diabetes Mellitus
  2. Obese (BMI of prospective adoptive parents should be no more than 35)
  3. Cancer
  4. Kidney transplant or any major transplant (heart, lung, liver)
  5. Pacemaker/stroke/myocardial infarction
  6. Multiple sclerosis and other degenerative muscular disorder
  7. Autoimmune disorders
  8. Risk factors that will impede care for the child (e.g. blind, deaf, wheelchair bound)
  9. Hepatitis C
Unacceptable Psychological Issues:
  1. Psychiatric disorders
  2. Mood disorders/major depressive disorders
  3. Anxiety disorders
  4. Substance use disorders
  5. Sexual disorders
ICAB requires that all adoptive parent applicants obtain a full psychological evaluation from a competent practitioner. The psychologist is expected to employ a reasonable combination of assessment processes when preparing the psychological evaluation report - clinical interview, evaluation of collateral information and psychological testing among others. The psychological evaluation report reflects the practitioner's synthesis of all the gathered data. (Contact MAA for specific details regarding the psychological evaluation.)

ICAB will be expecting a more comprehensive psychological and medical assessment for prospective adoptive parents who intend to adopt a healthy child from the Philippines. Prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt an older child or a child with special needs will be assessed on a case-to-case basis.



Philippines supports the belief that an adoptive family should be familiar with the child's heritage. Thus, both parents should travel to the country. If only one parent is able to travel, there are additional paperwork requirements that could complicate the adoption process.

Children available for adoption have received an Endorsement of Child for Inter-Country Adoption from The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). This means the child has been legally abandoned and it has been determined that it is in the child’s best interest to make him/her available for international adoption. This status allows ICAB to process a passport and US visa for the child before the adoptive parents travel. The total time in-country should only be about 7 days. Madison will work closely with ICAB to arrange all of your travel in Philippines.



The total cost of an adoption from Philippines is approximately $18,000- $20,000. This is a complete price, including USCIS fees, home study, documentation & courier fees, visa and Embassy fees, agency fees, ICAB fees, and an estimate of hotel and airline fees for two people. Please see our attached fee schedule and explanations. Madison provides an agency grant of $1000 for the adoption of a child with special needs. (Agency fee is thus reduced from $6500 to $5500.) For a sibling group, MAA will charge an additional half agency fee to process the adoption.

To view a list of our current waiting children, you are encouraged to join our on-line community, Madison Adoption Associates Waiting Children (MAAWC) Yahoo Group ( The names and locations of the children are confidential and access to these files is only given to families who are seriously considering the adoption of a waiting child.

Please contact Sara Lang, our Waiting Child Coordinator, to discuss your individual situation or help guide you through this process.

Adoption between the United States and the Philippines is governed by the Hague Adoption Convention. The Philippines is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption. Therefore all adoptions between The Philippines and the United States must meet the requirements of the Convention and U.S. law implementing the Convention.



Once you have decided to adopt from Philippines

The staff at Madison Adoption Associates will guide you through every step of the process. We will answer your questions, help you prepare and complete your paperwork, provide support and encouragement, and assist you with your travel arrangements. It is important to begin your home study and the USCIS immigration forms as soon as possible because they generally take up to six months to complete.


Philippines Dossier Requirements
  • Home Study Report
  • Application Form
  • Undertaking of the couple under oath
  • Information and Personal Data Application
  • Special Needs Checklist
  • Self-Report Questionnaire (optional)
  • Birth Certificate for each parent
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Divorce Decree (if applicable)
  • Physical and Medical Evaluation Report for each parent
  • Psychological Evaluation Report
  • Written Consent to Adoption by children in the home who are over 10 years of age
  • Character Reference Letters
  • Most Recent Income Tax Return
  • Local Police Clearance
  • USCIS Immigration Approval (I-800A)
  • Letter of Acceptance of the Designated Guardians
  • Adoption Decree of any previously adopted Filipino child in the family


All of the documents above must be notarized. The dossier must also include:
  • Copy of Passports
  • Passport photo of each parent
  • Recent pictures of the parents, family members and home/community
  • Interagency Agreement/ Licenses
  • Post-adoption report Agreement


If Madison Adoption Associates is not your Home Study Agency

Please contact us for a list of supervised home study providers in your state. If you already have a current home study, please let us know as soon as possible so we may contact that agency regarding your paperwork and process. If your home study is not Hague accredited, Madison Adoption Associates will need to approve that provider.

All home study reports must be completed by non-profit agencies, and not by Independent Social Workers.

Please contact us if you would like to recieve a sample of our Adoption Services contract of if you’d like inforamtion regarding the number and status of our annual adoption placements, the number of annual applicants, or the the number of eligible children awaiting placement through our agency. You may also view this information on our website at



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Fax: 302-529-1976

1009 Woodstream Drive
Wilmington, DE 19810


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Madison Adoption Associates is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency licensed to place children through international adoption. We are currently offering adoption programs in the countries of China, Philippines, El Salvador, and Bulgaria. Learn more...


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