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Q. What is Inter-country Adoption.

A. The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) is mandated by law (Inter-country Adoption Law of 1995 or Republic Act 8043) to be the Central Authority on matters relating to the foreign adoption placement of Filipino children to applicants who are either former Filipinos or foreigners permanently residing abroad. The Inter-country Adoption (ICA) Law stipulates certain eligibility requirements for adoptive applicants intending to adopt a Filipino child who may either be a relative or non-relative. In the Philippines, Filipino children need to be made socio-legally free for adoption prior to any kind of alternative family placement in line with the ICAB’s mandated authority is the compliance of the Philippines to an international instrument, The Hague Convention on the Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Inter-Country Adoption, to which the Philippines is a State Party and is denominated as a Sending Country.