Philippines Adoption Program

Philippines Program pictureMadison Adoption Associates earned accreditation in Philippines in 2009 to place children with special needs, and earned accreditation in 2014 for the limited placement of healthy children.

The Programs
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.

Children adopted from Philippines will enter the U.S. on an IH-4 or IR-4 visa.  Adoptions are finalized in the United States, and the adoption is completed through your local family court system.

Per Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) regulations, agencies are not allowed to post photos or details about waiting children from Philippines.  If you are interested in this program, we invite you to contact us at 302-475-8977 or at to discuss your individual situation or inquire about children currently available.

Adoption between the United States and 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.

Special Home Finding Program (Special Needs)
This program focuses on children who have special medical needs and children who are older.  Madison works in cooperation with ICAB of the Philippines to identify children who are legally available for adoption and to find qualified, home study ready families for these children.  ICAB refers to this program as “Special Home Finding” and relies on MAA to find the best possible placement for each child.  These children are:
• Older children whose age range is 5-15 years old
• Children belonging to a sibling group
• 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.)

The Traditional Program
Madison Adoption Associates (MAA) has been approved by the Inter Country Adoption Board (ICAB) to submit applications on behalf of families interested in adopting younger children who are physically healthy or with more minor medical needs than seen in its Special Home Finding program.  The Traditional Program works on a quota system, meaning that MAA is only permitted to submit applications for a certain number of adoptive families each year.  ICAB gives preference to families who are Filipino-American. Adoptive parents who are not Filipino-Americans will wait longer for a referral.  Referrals are typically for toddler age children and generally occur about 3 – 4 years after ICAB approves a family’s dossier. Families who wish to adopt through this program must meet all of the requirements for a Philippine adoption; no waivers will be approved by ICAB. Single women are not permitted to adopt a child in this program.

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 can take several months to complete, and a family cannot hold or commit to a specific child without a current, valid home study.