Intercountry adoption or international adoption is a type of adoption in which an individual or couple becomes the legal and permanent parent(s) of a child who is a national of a different country. In general, prospective adoptive parents must meet the legal adoption requirements of their country of residence and those of the country whose nationality the child holds.
In the Philippines, the adoption of Filipino children should be in accordance with the Republic Act 8043 (also known as the Inter-Country Adoption Act of 1995). All adoption cases of Filipino children in Japan must be endorsed to the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) for approval through the International Social Service of Japan (ISSJ). After the decree of adoption is issued, the Filipino parent has to register the adoption in the Philippines prior to issuance of new passport to the adopted child reflecting the adoptive surname. In cases when the adoptive Filipino child is in the Philippines and is not the biological child of either prospective parents (example: Japanese husband and Filipino wife) who live in Japan, the first step of the adoption process is to go the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Philippines for consultation.
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