Non-Relative Adoption

1.  Request for pre-application consultation to discuss the adoption process, requirements, categories of adoptable children, service fees, length of processing time and other adoption issues and concerns. Seek clarification of some of your particular concerns. 

2.  Submit your application to RESOURCES FOR LIFE. If application is accepted, sign agreement for services and other basic documents (e.g. consents to obtain clearances, etc.) to start processing of your application.

3.  Have your HOMESTUDY completed. Be prepared for joint/individual interviews and home visit(s). Other members of your household will likewise be interviewed. Be prepared with your financial and other related documents. Refer to checklist of required documents.

4.  After completion of your home study, you DOSSIER, which consists of your application and other documents pertaining to you as prospective adoptive parents, is prepared and forwarded to the INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION BOARD (ICAB) in Manila, Philippines to determine your eligibility to adopt a Filipino child. If ICAB approves your application, your names will be added to the roster of approved adoptive families. Your names will remain on the roster until you have been matched, proposed and accepted a child.

5.  While waiting to be matched with a child, you must file your I-800A (with the U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES (USCIS). USCIS will notify you of their approval.

6.  ICAB will propose a child that the Intercountry Placement Committee (ICPC) in Manila has matched with you. Your RESOURCES FOR LIFE social worker will notify you of such proposal. You will be provided information about the child, including the child’s photograph and medical history, if available. If you accept the match, the ICAB will be sent your letter of acceptance. You will then receive the rest of the child’s documents, including the PLACEMENT AUTHORITY. You then file Form 1-800 indicating the child’s name and submit all documents pertinent to the child that you accepted.

7.  The USCIS will send YOU its Notice of Action/Approval on your 1-800 petition. If approved, you must notify your social worker immediately so the ICAB will be properly informed. Meanwhile, the USCIS will be sending a cable to the US Embassy in Manila about the approval. At this point, ICAB will prepare the child’s travel documents for immigration and placement. The child will undergo medical examination prior to visa issuance. In the meantime, you work on your own travel documents and arrange for your travel to the Philippines to pick up the child. Recommended stay in Manila is at least 3-5 days. At least one parent is required to travel. Your travel plans are communicated to ICAB at least two weeks prior to arrival in Manila.

8.  While in Manila, you will need to visit with the Intercountry Adoption Board office for the pre-placement orientation and for the child’s documents prior to leaving  the country with your child.

9.  You will notify your social worker immediately after your arrival in Hawaii with your child. An office visit with you and your child is required. Within 30 days of the child’s arrival, you will need to enroll him/her for health insurance coverage as required by law.

10.  A 6-month supervision of trial custody will start upon the child’s arrival.

Meetings with the social worker at your home or at the office will be arranged. Bi-monthly supervision reports are required submitted to ICAB, with photographs of the child and your family taken during the supervision period. If no major problems arise during this period, the AFFIDAVIT OF CONSENT to finalize legal adoption will be requested from ICAB.

11.  Upon receipt of the AFFIDAVIT OF CONSENT, you will petition the Family Court to finalize the child's adoption.  If granted, you will receive the ADOPTION DECREE, a copy of which is forwarded to the ICAB


At this point, RESOURCES FOR LIFE will be closing your case.