Philippines Orphan Hosting Program
Philippines Orphan Hosting Program
The Philippines Orphan Hosting Program is a successful way to unite older waiting children with adoptive families. Many waiting children in Philippine orphanages will never be considered for adoption simply because of their age. One way that the Philippine government has found to be effective to find these children families is to allow them to make a brief visit to the US to stay with potential adoptive families. The success rate of hosting to placement of these children over the years has been well over 90 percent because Hand In Hand requests that all hosting families be seriously interested in adoption, not just in hosting.
Families can spend time getting to know the children whom they host, and then later decide about adoption, if their strengths seem to fit the child’s needs. Even if the children do not end up being adopted, the hope is that they will at least have had a respite from orphanage life for a while and had a chance to visit America.
For more information about the Philippines orphan hosting program, please Contact Vickie Truelove at our Indiana office.
Types of Children Available
Children between 9 and 15 years old.
Children considered to be good candidates for international adoption, who are legally free for adoption.
Children who have expressed a desire to be a part of a “forever family”.
Single children and sibling groups.
Types of Families Accepted
Parents must be at least 27 years old.
Parents must be married at least three years. (Couples who have been married for one year plus cohabited for several years are also eligible.)
Parents must be practicing Christians.
Parents must be at least 16 years older than the child, and ideally not more than 47 years older than the child.
Singles may also adopt from the Philippines if they are open to a child with special needs. This typically includes the children who participate in an orphan hosting program whose “special need” is usually their age.
Families must have an annual income of at least $40,000.
The Philippines also has a “one-year nurturance rule” which says that any biological or adopted child already in the family deserves one year of nurturance from the time of his/her birth or adoption before the family can submit an adoption application to the Philippines.
Philippines has a number of other medical and financial guidelines. Contact Hand In Hand’s Indiana office to discuss your family’s eligibility.
No international travel is required.
The first priority is for families who want to host and adopt. We will also want some back-up families and these can be just interested in hosting.
Profiles are generated for each of the families which include information on the number, age and gender of the child/children they want to host, plus any willingness to accept any kinds of medical or other issues.
At the same time, staff within the Inter-Country Adoption Board of the Philippines and various orphanages will be choosing children who are good candidates for the program.
Photos, case studies and medical information on each child proposed for the program will be sent to Hand In Hand.
Host families and children are matched together according to what seems the best fit for both of them.
Children’s passports and visas are prepared in the Philippines. Meanwhile, host/adopt families complete a home study and submit their first immigration filing, since that is a lengthy process.
About the Philippines
More than 7,100 islands make up the Philippines archipelago between the Philippine Sea and the South China Sea, east of Vietnam.
The third largest English speaking country in the world (behind the U.S. and the U.K.), the Philippines has a rich history combining Asian, European, and American influences. Ceded by Spain to the U.S. in 1898 following the Spanish-American War, the Philippines attained their independence in 1946 after being occupied by the Japanese in World War II.
Today, the population of the Philippines exceeds 76 million people. Filipinos are a freedom-loving people, as evidenced by two recent peaceful, bloodless revolutions against what were perceived as corrupt governmental regimes.
The Philippines is also the only Christian-majority country in southeast Asia. Although the country is primarily Roman Catholic, there are also many Protestant churches.