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Bay Area Adoption
Services (BAAS) is an agency recognized and accredited by the Philippines’
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and the Intercountry
Adoption Board (ICAB), a branch of the DSWD. We are proud to be one
of four California agencies approved by the Intercountry Adoptions
Board to complete International adoptions in the Philippines.
AREA ADOPTION SERVICES has been assisting families adopt from the Philippines
for over 20 years. The Philippines is a unique program because families
can adopt orphan or relative children if the relative minors meet the criteria of eligibility set by ICAB and USCIS.* Bay Area Adoption Services
assists in all the necessary steps for completing an adoption from
the Philippines. This includes: assisting with procedures, conducting
the homestudy (which is mandatory both for USCIS and the Philippines
government), providing families with a liaison agency that will represent
them in the Philippines and act as a central point of contact for all
matters pertaining to the adoption. BAAS will also conduct post placement
visits as well as assist families finalizing their adoption after they
return home with the child.
* Relative cases are reviewed on a case by case basis. BAAS will only
work with those families who satisfy the USCIS definition of an orphan
eligible for adoption and immigration.
Types of CHILDREN
The children available for adoption have either been abandoned, parents' rights have been relinquished, or may have some medical condition that the biological parents are unable to afford. The children reside in public or private facilities. Characteristics of available children include:
Children with special needs *(see below)
Older children, generally from 3 to 8 years of age
At this time, all new applicants must be open to a child who is 3 years old or older and cannot specify female only
Older children (usually boys or girls age 6 to 15 years old)
Sibling groups of 3 or more
Children with minor correctable health conditions (i.e., cleft
lip, cleft palate, vision problems fixed with the use of eyeglasses,
Children with major medical/physical problems
Children with major developmental/neurological delay/handicap
The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) has decided to lift the moratorium for single applicants. However, ICAB will only consider single applicants who will be accepting children from 6 years old and above of either gender with minor correctable medical conditions or negative background.
Couples must be married a minimum of 3 years prior to starting
the adoption. Couples must be married at least 5 years if this
is a second marriage for either prospective parent.
No more than 1 divorce is allowed per person.
Couples must be at least 27 years old. The prospective adoptive
parents must be at least 16 years older but no more than 47
years older than the child to be adopted.
Couples must be under 55 years old to adopt.
Families typically receive referrals
within 18 - 24 months after the dossier is approved by the Philippines. Families usually travel about 5 - 8 months
after the acceptance of their referral. Families will be in the
Philippines for approximately 5 days.
IN THE PHILIPPINES
When traveling to the Philippines, both parents are expected to travel
to pick up the child. Upon receiving your itinerary, ICAB will
provide a schedule for you to follow while you are in the Philippines.
The Philippine adoptions are finalized in the US, and are therefore
“Intercountry adoptions”. The following is a general estimate of
the costs involved:
BAAS FEE: - $7,500
Registration & Pre-adopt class
Paperwork assistance, including dossier preparation
and CIS filing
Overseas program consultation
4 post placement visits
Assistance in finalizing the adoption
and obtaining a California birth certificate for the child and
all post-adoption paperwork.
LIAISON AGENCY FEE- $3000-$4000
Assistance in obtaining the documents
required to file an orphan petition in the United States (i.e.,
child study report, birth certificate, placement proposal).
families dossier to ICAB
Secure the child’s travel documents
Notify families when they
can travel as well as prepare the travel itinerary.
ICAB FEE- $3,200
Includes Application fee ($200)
Includes child care support fund ($1000)
Pre travel expenses for the child
Additional Incidental fees
to be determined upon placement
MISCELLANEOUS FEES- $1000-$2000
USCIS filing fee
Procurement of documents (i.e., birth & marriage
Psychological Evaluations (required by the Philippines)
Certification & Authentication of official documents
INTERNAL TRAVEL IN THE PHILIPPINES- $1,000
(Approximately $100 per person per day)
Includes hotel accommodation,
Food, various expenses
Internal travel during full stay in the
Philippines. Airfare to the Philippines is additional.
AIRFARE TO THE PHILIPPINES (VARIES)
Approximately $ 900.00 per person roundtrip. This varies depending
on dates, airlines, and departing location.
Generally speaking, the entire cost of completing an adoption
in the Philippines is approximately $20,000-$24,000, including the
BAAS fee, the Liaison agency fee (including all adoption processing
in the Philippines) and travel.
Please note that this information is subject to change without notice as changes occur in government/country regulations and/or adoption procedures. For the latest information, please call BAAS directly.