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Current Status: At this time, Gladney's Philippines Adoption Program is closed to new families.
The Gladney Center for Adoption is thrilled to open our adoption program in the Philippines. The Philippines is the second-largest archipelago in the world with over 7,000 tropical islands. Discovered by Ferdinand Magellan in 1521, the Philippines was under Spanish rule until Emilio Aguinaldo declared independence from Spain in 1898. Spain ceded the islands to the U.S. later in 1898 and the Philippines came under American rule until 1946 when the country became the independent Republic of the Philippines, the first democracy in Asia.
With explosive population growth, the Philippines has experienced poverty throughout the country. Poverty, poor health, and unplanned pregnancies are the three main reasons children are available for international adoption in this country. The adoption process in the Philippines is managed by a central authority, the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB). Under The Hague Intercountry Adoption Convention, ICAB acts as the Central Authority overseeing the international adoption process. Gladney, an accredited agency, works with the ICAB throughout the adoption process.
Once all of the necessary adoption paperwork is submitted and approved, you will be placed on ICAB’s wait list for a child. You will work with your Gladney caseworker to identify a child from the Special Home Finding program. ICAB must give approval of each match of a child with a family. After you accept a child referral and receive Placement Authority, your family will travel to the Philippines for approximately one week. During your trip you will meet your child and complete immigration paperwork before coming home.
After returning to the United States with your child, your family will enter into a six month supervisory postplacement period. Once your family has completed the six month post placemet period, you are eligible to petition the local court in your county of residence for adoption of the child. Once your family receives the adoption decree the adoption will be final.
It couldn't be easier to start the adoption process through The Philippines! To learn more about adopting from the Philippines, please request one of Gladney's free, comprehensive Adoption Information Packets. Make your request on-line or by calling 1-800-INT-ADOP.