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How do I adopt a child from the Philippines?

The Philippines is not a country specified on the UK adoption designated list. British citizens adopting in the Philippines need to apply for an adoption order in a UK court if they return to the UK in order for that adoption to be recognised in the UK. Children adopted from the Philippines should travel to the UK on a Philippine passport. A successful adoption order made in a UK court confers a claim for British citizenship if one of the parents is a British national. Any application for a UK adoption order must be made domestically within the UK.
 
Potential adoptee children from the Philippines up to the age of eight years and without severe medical or developmental problems are considered 'regular’ adoptees. Only children over the age of nine are treated as 'special needs' or 'difficult to place'. Although couples wishing to adopt are more acceptable, single people may also apply. There are two psychological tests that are mandatory for applicants to undergo and pass.

The minimum waiting period from application to placement is two years.  Children from the age of two and above are available for adoption. There are a number of medical conditions that the Philippine government considers as a risk to adopted children. The following list of medical conditions will invalidate an applicant from adopting a Philippine child:

Diabetes mellitus.
Morbid obesity (BMI 35 and over).
Cancer or history of cancer.
Any major organ transplant.
Being fitted with a pacemaker/stroke /myocardial infarction.
Multiple sclerosis or other disorder that causes degeneration of muscles.
Auto immune disorders.
High risk factors that can prevent the child from getting proper care, such as being wheelchair- bound.
Hepatitis C.

The standard European Psychological tests that are required are the Minnesota Multi-Phasic Personality Inventory -2- Restructured Form and the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory III.
 
 
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International adoption is growing in popularity - however, not all countries comply with UK adoption laws.
The Philippines is not a country specified on the UK adoption designated list. British citizens adopting in the Philippines need to apply for an adoption order in a UK court if they return to the UK in order for that adoption to be recognised in the UK. 
Some couples are not ready to give up trying to have a natural birth child and will want to continue IVF treatment during the adoption process.
While the criteria for fostering are not as strenuous as those for adoption, there are still certain requirements you need to fulfil in order to be considered.
Foster care provides for the temporary or permanent care of children who for one reason or another, cannot live with their own family.
Adoption is a major decision, and one that no one should take lightly, or try to force anyone into.
It’s impossible to say which is better – domestic or international adoption or fostering a child. Which is better for you depends on your unique situation.
Whether you are attempting to adopt a child who is related to you, or your step child, or a child who is orphaned or abandoned, there is a very specific legal procedure that has to be followed.

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