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KBF is currently one of only two private child and family welfare agencies licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to implement domestic adoption in the Philippines.
Republic Act No. 8552
Republic Act No. 8552, otherwise known as “The Domestic Adoption Act of 1998,” is an Act establishing the rules and policies of domestic adoption of Filipino children. This Act was passed by both Houses of Congress on February 13, 1998 and approved by President Fidel V. Ramos on February 25, 1998.
This Act ensures that every Filipino child is provided with love, care, understanding and security toward the full development of his/her personality. Only when the care of the biological parents is unavailable or inappropriate, or no suitable alternative parental care or adoption within the child’s extended family is available, may application by an unrelated person be considered. However, no direct placement of a child to a non-relative shall be countenanced.
1. What is adoption?
Adoption is a socio-legal process which establishes a parent-child relationship between persons who are not related by birth. Adoption gives the adoptive child the same rights, status and privileges as those of a birth child.
2. What is adoption service?
Adoption service consists of social work, legal and other professional services that are required in the adoption process.
3. Who are the children in need of adoptive homes?
Children in need of adoptive homes are:
a) those whose parents have voluntarily relinquished their parental authority to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and
b) those whose parents’ rights and authority have been terminated by the court due to abandonment or neglect.
4. Who may adopt?
a) A Filipino citizen who is at least 21 years of age and is at least 16 years older than the child to be adopted; in possession of full civil capacity and legal rights and in a position to support and care for his/her children (legitimate or illegitimate) in keeping with the means of the family. [Note: Single individuals are not disqualified from applying to adopt.
b) Any alien possessing the same qualifications as above stated for Filipino nationals whose home country has diplomatic relations with the Republic of the Philippines and who has been living in the Philippines for at least three (3) continuous years prior to the filing of the application for adoption and maintains such residence until the adoption decree is entered/finalized.
5. Where can adoption applications be filed?
#56 10th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. no (02)912-1159, 913-1469
Fax no. (02)912-1160
Area of operation: Metro Manila, Region III, Region IV
b) Adoption Resource and Referral Unit (ARRU)
Department of Social Welfare and Development, NCR
389 San Rafael St., San Miguel, Manila
Tel. no. (02)734-8651, 734-8622
16 Mother Ignacia Avenue corner Don Roces Avenue, Quezon City 1103
Tel. no. (02)372-3755
d) DSWD Regional Offices
e) Local Government Social Welfare and Development Offices
f) Regional Trial Courts / Family Courts
6. What are the documents required for adoption?
Applicants must submit the following:
a. Birth Certificate
b. Marriage Contract
c. Latest Income Tax Return
d. Police Clearance
e. Health Certificate
f. Three (3) letters of reference
g. Affidavit of Consent of children 10 years of age and over of adoptive applicants
h. Recent picture (3″ x 5″)
i. Psychological evaluation, when indicate
j. Affidavit of Guardianship
In addition, foreign nationals shall submit the following:
k. Certification that the applicant(s) have the legal capacity to adopt in his/her country and will allow the child adopted in the Philippines to enter his/her country and permanently reside therein;
m. Two (2) character references from non-relatives who have known the applicant(s) in the country of which he/she is a citizen or was a resident prior to residing in the Philippines,
n. Police Clearance from all places of residence in the past two years immediately prior to residing in the Philippines.
7. How long does it take to complete the adoption?
On the average, it takes nine months from application to finalization of adoption, simulating the normal period of pregnancy.
8. What is a home study?
A home study is a case study on the adoptive applicant(s) conducted by a social worker to determine their capabilities for adoptive parenthood. It is done through a series of office interviews, home visits, observation and collateral interviews. The conduct of a home study on the prospective parent or family is required by law.
During the home study period, the applicants are given the chance to indicate the age, sex and general characteristics of the child they wish to adopt.
9. What are the costs involved in adoption?
a. Social Process
Pre-Adoption Forum and Application
P 1,500* – couple
P 1,300* – single
Adoption Home Study
Issuance of Pre-Adoption Placement Authority (PAPA) and six (6) months placement supervision
Child Case Study (for independent placement)
* Fees are as of December 2015
b. Legal Process
– Lawyer’s Fee
– Newspaper publication of the adoption petition
– Court fees (docket fee, stenographic notes)
– Fees for adoption registration and issuance of amended birth certificate
10. What post-adoption services are available to the family?
Adoption is a life-long commitment. KBF thus continues to provide social services to adoptive families and their children beyond the point when the adoption is legally finalized. Among such services are counseling, parents group sessions, referrals, and assisting in the search for the child’s birth family (if so requested).
11. What are the benefits of adoption?
The adoptive parents shall, with respect to the adopted child, enjoy all the benefits to which biological parents are entitled. Maternity and paternity benefits and other benefits given to biological parents upon the birth of a child shall be enjoyed if the adoptee is below seven (7) years of age as of the date that the child is placed with the adoptive parents through the Pre-Adoption Placement Authority (PAPA) issued by the DSWD.
The adopted child shall, in turn, enjoy the same rights, status and privileges of a legitimate birth child of his/her adoptive parents as stipulated in Executive Order No. 209, The Family Code of the Philippines, and in R.A. No. 8552, The Domestic Adoption Act of 1998.
Step 1: INQUIRY
Step 2: APPLICATION
Step 3: ADOPTION HOME STUDY
Step 4: FAMILY SELECTION / MATCHING
Step 5: PREPARATION FOR PLACEMENT
Step 6: PLACEMENT
Step 7: SIX MONTHS SUPERVISED PLACEMENT
Step 8: FINALIZATION OF ADOPTION
(if supervised placement is satisfactory)
Step 9: ISSUANCE OF ADOPTION DECREE / AMENDED BIRTH CERTIFICATEBack to Top
INTERCOUNTRY ADOPTION SERVICE
The Liaison Service of KBF is primarily assistive to the Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB) of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It’s main focus is on facilitating the placement of Filipino children with prospective adoptive families of KBF’s associate Foreign Adoption Agencies (FAAs), in coordination with child caring and child placement agencies in the Philippines and the ICAB.
The FAAs for which KBF currently provides liaison services are:
Wereldkinderen – The Netherlands
Amis des Enfants du Monde – France
Rationale of the Service
It is the birth right of every child to grow up in a home and family. If a child is permanently separated from his/her birth family, adoption within his/her home country is the most appropriate alternative arrangement. However, if the child is not adopted within the country, inter-country adoption is the next alternative.
Inter-country adoption is the permanent placement of a Filipino child with a foreign adoptive family through an accredited adoption agency and the Philippine Government. KBF’s Liaison Service thus contributes to this task of finding permanent overseas homes for children who are not adopted locally.
This service is based on adherence to the principle of the best interest and welfare of the child-in the context of inter-country adoption. Emphasis is given to his/her mental, psychological, emotional and social wellbeing. Hence, the soonest possible placement of the child in a permanent family is sought in order to prevent institutionalization and to minimize the trauma of repeated transfers from one care venue to another.
Article 21 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – state parties that recognize and/or permit the system of adoption shall ensure that the best interest of the child shall be the paramount consideration.
It also recognizes that inter-country adoption may be considered an alternative means of child care, if the child cannot be placed in a foster home or adopted locally.
Presidential Decree 603, The Child and Youth Welfare Code – This serves as a framework for the promotion and protection of the Welfare of Filipino Children.
Republic Act 8043, The Inter-country Adoption Law – An act establishing the rules to govern inter-country adoption of Filipino children, and for other purposes.
Article 11, Section 4 states that the Inter-country Adoption Board (ICAB) acts as the central authority in matters relating to inter-country adoption. Likewise, the DSWD, through the ICAB, shares the responsibilities of placing children in inter-country adoption with the licensed and accredited child caring/child placement non-government organizations (NGOs).
Description of the Service
KBF’s Liaison Service facilitates the following types of inter-country adoption placement:
sibling groups of 3 or more, or children with some form of physical or mental disability. Adoptive families for such children are specially recruited or identified.
Specific Objectives of the Service
prospective families abroad.
the adoptive child is placed.
For the full guidelines of the inter-country adoption process – particularly for foreign nationals (including former Filipino citizens) seeking to adopt a Filipino child – KBF will direct you to the proper entities handling such matters.Back to Top
Service for Single Mothers
Through the Nazareth Home, KBF provides comprehensive care for pregnant women and girls (whether single or married) who are in crisis situations. Such care includes shelter, food, pre-natal care, delivery and post-natal care, work therapy, values and spiritual formation, financial assistance, skills training, personality development and family reunification. Counseling is given, focusing on family preservation and permanency planning for the child.
Priority for admission is given to mothers who are pregnant for the first time and at any stage of pregnancy. Expectant mothers who are on their second or subsequent pregnancy may also be admitted on a case to case basis for as long as it is their first time in Nazareth Home.
The Home provides a safe, theraputic milieu where the mothers can reflect and make plans for themselves and their babies. They are usually accepted in the last trimester of their pregnancy and may stay up to one month after delivery.
Rationale of the Service
The number of unwanted pregnancies is alarmingly high. The causes range from adolescents engaging in premarital sex; to married women who are unable to care for and support yet another mouth to feed, or who became involved in extra-marital relationships; to cases of rape or incest. Too often, the mothers resort to abortion or simply abandon their newborn babies in hospitals or in public in the hope that some kind soul will find them.
KBF believes that every woman has worth and dignity, is inherently responsible, can change and participate in the solution of her problems, and can achieve personal growth and development. Therefore, she must be given the opportunity to be healed and to rebuild her life following a crisis situation.
KBF further believes that every life – of mothers and their babies – is scared and must be protected.
Presidential Decree 603, Article 66, “Assistance to Unmarried Mothers and Their Children” states that any unmarried mother may, before and after the birth of her child, seek the assistance and advice of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) or any duly licensed child caring or child placement agency.
Republic Act 7192, the “Women in Development and Nation Building Act,” states that women must be given equal opportunity and shall be protected and given specialized professional services, most especially during preganancy.
Objectives of the Service
To facilitate employment or income generating opportunities for the mothers as a means for them to keep and support their babies.
Description of the Home
Nazareth Home is owned and operated by KBF, and is staffed by a licensed social worker, two house mothers and a midwife on call. It is a split-level house with four bedrooms, a counseling room, receiving room, dining area, kitchen and laundry area. It can accommodate a maximum of 20 mothers at any given time.
Process from Admission to After Care
Step 1: Inquiry / Referral
Step 2: Application
Complete blood count (CBC), urinalysis, blood type, Hepa-B Antigen Test (HSBAG), vaginal gram stain, HIV test (optional)
Photo, identification card, residence certificate (community tax certificate), psychological evaluation (optional)
Step 3: Admission
Step 4: Social Case Study
Step 5: In-house Care
Step 6: After Care
Foster Care Service
KBF’s Foster Care Service provides temporary substitute family care for children-newborn to two years old-when their birth families cannot take care of them, either temporarily or permanently.
For this purpose, KBF maintains a roster of licensed foster families who are committed to providing a nurturing home environment for the children in their care while awaiting return to their birth families or adoption.
Rationale for the Service
The biological family is responsible for providing family life for a child. For this reason, the family is to be protected and preserved whenever possible. Certain circumstances, however-such as a broken home, unwed motherhood, abandonment, serious illness or extreme poverty-may prevent a family from fulfilling its primary function of caring for the child. Thus, substitute parental care becomes necessary. The child is temporarily cared for by others, until his or her biological family is ready to provide a stable and secure home once again or until permanent placement with a new family is done through adoption.
KBF believes that the family is the best environment for a child to grow up in. Only when a child’s safety and wellbeing are threatened by physical harm or sexual abuse can his or her removal from the family be warranted.
Foster care offers the child the best alternative parental care, as it allows for individualized attention, nurturing and stimulation needed for his or her development. It assures opportunities for the child’s continuing physical, social, emotional, psychological, mental and spiritual growth which may be adversely affected due to separation from the family.
KBF’s Foster Care Service is premised on the UN General Assembly’s Declaration on Social and Legal Principles Relating to the Welfare of Children with Special Reference to Foster Placement and Adoption Nationally and Internationally.
Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 20:
A child temporarily or permanently deprived of his or her family environment, or in whose best interest cannot be allowed to remain in the family environment, shall be entitled to special protection and assistance provided by the State.
States parties shall, in accordance with their national laws, ensure alternative care for such a child.
Such care could include, among others, foster placement, Kafalah of Islamic Law, adoption or, if necessary, placement in suitable institutions for the care of children. When considering solutions, due regard shall be paid to the desirability of continuity in a child’s upbringing and to the child’s ethnic, religious, curltural and linguistic background.
Presidential Decree 603, Article 68 – Institutional Care:
“Assignment of a child to a foster home shall be preferred to institutional care. Unless absolutely necessary, no child below nine years of age shall be placed in an institution. An older child may be taken into an institution for child care if a thorough case study indicates that the child derives more benefit therefrom.”
Children Placed in Foster Care
Children, newborn to two years old, whether healthy or with special needs who are in need of temporary care.
Other children who have not been reunited with their biological families or who have not been adopted
KBF’s Foster Families
The families on KBF’s roster of foster homes are committed to provide love and care to a child or children not related to them. They may be either childless or with children of their own, and are licensed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Since the placement of children with them is temporary, these families are able to handle the feelings of loss and separation that may occur when a child in their care is reunited with his or her family or is adopted.
There are two types of foster families in KBF’s pool: volunteer foster families and subsidized foster families. A volunteer family pays for all the needs of the foster child and does not receive a subsidy for the child’s care and expenses. A subsidized foster family is given a fixed monthly subsidy for every child in their care, as well as supplies needed for the child’s feeding and health.
Assessment of Foster Family Applicants
KBF social workers conduct a Foster Home Study to thoroughly assess and evaluate an applicant family’s capabilities for foster parenting. It is done through a series of interviews, home visits, observations and collateral interviews. The conduct of this home study is required by law as a basis for the issuance of a foster family license.
Foster Family Licensing Process
Step 1: Inquiry
Step 2: Application
Step 3: Establishment of Eligibility
Step 4: Submission of Required Documents
Friends, neighbors, co-employees, employer, parish priest or any person who can help establish the applicants’ integrity and capability to parent
Step 5: Endorsement to the DSWD
Step 6: Issuance of Foster Family Care License by the DSWD
Step 7: Annual Renewal of License
Step 8: Revocation of License
The Foster Family Care License may be revoked for the following reasons:
a. Negligence that causes illness or harm to the foster child
b. Poor health of a foster family member
c. Presence of an environmental hazard to the foster child
Day Care Service
KBF’s Day Care Service establishes and operates day care centers in disadvantaged communities as a venue for children to develop their psycho-social, intellectual, physical and emotional functioning based on accepted child development concepts.
KBF currently runs a Day Care Center in each of the following locations:
Barangay Escopa 1, Project 4, Quezon City – with initial funding from Rotary Club Murphy, later
taken on by Les Amis des Enfants du Monde (AEM) of France
Barangay Milagrosa, Project 4, Quezon City – with initial funding from Wereldkinderen, later taken
on by the Barangay council
Barangay Duyan-Duyan, Project 3, Quezon City – sponsored by Wereldkinderen.
Barangay Industrial Valley Complex, Olandes, Marikina City – funded by Holt International Children’s Services.
Rationale for the Service
Children have the right to survive, to be protected, and to participate in their development. The first six years of life, called the formative years, comprise the most crucial stage of a child’s growth and formation. By age six, the child’s brain would have already reached 90% of its development.
The care that the child receives during this crucial period would significantly impact his or her learning capacity, creativity, social interaction and basic personality well into adulthood. This, KBF’s provision of a Day Care Service as a venue for early childhood care and development in communities that are unlikely to be able to provide such opportunities is invaluable.
Republic Act 6972 mandates the establishment of a day care center in every barangay, instituting therein a total development and protection of children program, appropriating funds therefor and for other purposes.
Executive Order 340 directs National Government Agencies and Government Owned and Controlled Corporations to provide day care services for their employees’ children under six years of age.
The Labor Code of the Philippines, under Title III, Chapter I, Article 132, stipulates the establishment of a nursery in the workplace for the children of employees.
Components of the Service
Early Childhood Care and Development
The activities provided in KBF’s Day Care Centers are designed to encourage as well as to monitor each child’s development – in the areas of gross and fine motor skills, receptive and expressive language, cognitive abilities, self-help and social-emotional growth.
Nutritious snacks are served to the children to supplement their daily food requirements. Proper nutrition in the childhood years is vital in the total health and development of the child.
Children Eligible for KBF’s Day Care Service
The following children are qualified to be Day Care Service beneficiaries:
Those whose families reside in the communities being served by KBF’s Day Care Centers.
Those who are 3 years old to below 6 years old
Those whose parents are unable or incapable of caring for them due to the following circumstances:
Working solo parents.
Both parents are working and no responsible adult is available to look after the child.
Parents have younger children to care for and spend all of their time doing household chores.
Parents are ill.
Parents are abusive and neglectful.
Parents are not prepared to provide early childhood care and stimulation to the child
Those whose parents are economically incapable of sending them to paying preshcool.
Those who are withdrawn and/or have disabilities, and can be helped through socialization.
Those who are underweight or malnourished but are free from any communicable disease
Benefits of the Service
The children who attend KBF’s Day Care Centers:
enjoy a safe and stimulating environment in which to learn and grow.
become physically fit through proper nutrition and active play.
develop mental, verbal and language skills.
build up self-confidence, self-expression and self-discipline.
learn to relate well with peers, parents and other adults.
acquire good hygiene and personal grooming habits.
imbibe strong spiritual, socio-cultural and nationalistic values, as well as positive attitudes towards their family, our country, and the environment
Responsibilities of the Day Care Parents
The parents of the Day Care Center children:
pay a participation fee of P3.00 per day to cover the costs of learning materials, school supplies, and supplemental feeding.
attend meetings, parenting workshops, and counseling sessions for the best interests of their children.
serve as volunteers in marketing, cooking, serving the supplemental feeding, assisting in cleaning their particular Center and its premises, and acting as teacher’s aides.
Independent Living and Educational Assistance Service
KBF’S Independent Living and Educational Assistance (ILEA) Service provides board and lodging in a group home, as well as tuition and related school expenses for a limited number of young people in their mid- to late-teens. The goal is to equip these young scholars with the academic credentials and employable skills to enable them to become independent, self-reliant and productive adults.
Rationale of the Service
Thousands of homeless children who were abandoned, neglected, orphaned or surrendered by their families are staying in government institutions, in private child-caring agencies, or in licensed foster homes all over the country. Unfortunately, only a small number are reunited with their birth families or are eventually adopted. Those who stay on until they are no longer qualified to remain in an institution or with a foster family have to be prepared to support themselves as adults.
It is in this context that KBF responded through the establishment of the ILEA Service. With education as its main component, it seeks to enable these young people to complete high school or college, and then find gainful employment to support themselves and their future families.
KBF believes that, in the absence of a permanent family to love, care for, guide and prepare them for adult life, children should be empowered to care for themselves. If given the proper opportunities, they can become independent, self-reliant, God-fearing citizens who can contribute to nation building.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948), Article 26 – states that every person has the right to education; and education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality.
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, Article 29 – provides that the education of the child shall be directed to the development of the child’s personality, talents and mental and physical abilities to their fullest potential; and the preparation of the child for responsible life in a free society.
Presidential Decree 603, Article 3 – states that every child has the right to an education commensurate with his abilities and to the development of his skills for the improvement of his capacity for service to himself and to his fellowmen.
OBJECTIVES OF THE SERVICE
KBF’s ILEA Service aims to:
a) Support the scholars’ completion of secondary, vocational and, in special cases, college education;
b) Provide a group home as a venue for them to learn life skills and experience a family environment;
c) Enable the scholars to “heal” from their past, regain self-worth and confidence, and develop the responsibility
and discipline to live an independent life as adults;
d) Strengthen their capacity to trust and relate to/interact with others;
e) Inculcate in the scholars love of God, family and country and respect for the environment;
f) Assist them in finding employment opportunities upon completion of their schooling.
Eligible as ILEA Scholars:
The following are eligible for acceptance into KBF’s ILEA Service:
a) Homeless adolescents (generally 15 to 18 years old) who have not been adopted
b) Those who have been staying in institutions or with foster families, but have reached the age limit for such arrangement
c) Those who have no family to return to nor support them in their education
Components of the Service:
Educational Assistance – The ILEA Service covers tuition fees, school supplies, cost of school projects and activities, transportation, snack allowance, and other expenses related to schooling.
Group Home – Board and lodging is provided for the scholars while they are studying, where they are expected to learn basic home life skills and share in the household chores, such as budgeting, menu planning, marketing, buying groceries, cooking, cleaning, doing the laundry, etc. No houseparent is assigned to the group home, but a KBF social worker visits regularly.
Casework – Individual counseling is provided as part of the case management for each scholar to start life anew.
Groupwork – Individual counseling is provided as part of the case management for each scholar to start life anew.
Job Placement – Employment assistance is extended to the scholars after graduation through referrals, job inquiries and guidance in submitting job applications.
Follow-up and After Care – The social worker ensures that newly-employed scholars are adjusting well in their jobs, have decent living conditions, and have prospects for a comfortable and happy life.
Family and Community Outreach Service
KBF’s Family and Community Outreach Service uses social preparation, social mobilization, and volunteer resource development to organize the communities it serves. The importance of such organizing is to ensure collective participation and ownership of each project undertaken by the families and communities. Thus, the service encourages effective interaction among families and other social structures in the community in order to achieve its objectives (as stated below).
Rationale for the Service
KBF believes that families, if organized and empowered, can be instruments for community development and nation building. They must be helped to realize and appreciate their potentials, and to identify their needs and corresponding solutions or actions to address those needs based on available resources.
The 1986 Philippine Constitution, “Roles and Rights of People’s Organizations” mandates that the government shall respect, support and promote the rights of People’s Organizations.
Executive Order 548, “Minimum Basic Needs Approach in the Social Reform Agenda” encourages families to initiate and participate in community organizations to meet their primary requirements for survival.
Objectives of the Service
KBF’s Family and Community Outreach Service aims to improve the quality of life of the disadvantaged families and communities it serves through:
Good Citizenship Values Seminar
Enriched Parent Effectiveness Service (PES)
Empowering and Reaffirmation of Paternal Abilities Training (ERPAT)
Family Disaster Preparedness
Volunteer Resource Development
Beneficiaries of the Service
The following groups are served by KBF’s Family and Community Outreach Service:
Kaisahang Buhay Foundation Incorporated is a private, non-profit child and family welfare organization duly licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). It is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and certified as a donee institution by the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Philippine Council for NGO Certification. The organization’s name, Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, stands for oneness within the family and meaningful life for the children it serves.
HOW TO REACH US
Address: #56 10th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines 1109
Phone: (+63) 912-1160
Facebook Page: facebook.com/kaisahangbuhayfoundation