Tuesday, June 2, 2009

UPDATE: Philippines - Moratorium on International Adoption of Children Under age 2.

The following notice was published by the The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB), the Central Authority for the Philippines on April 23, 2009. Currently, there is no information concerning this notice on the US DOS Adoption Webpages - www.adoption.state.gov. PEAR was made aware of a possible moratorium by US prospective adoptive parents currently seeking to adopt from the Philippines. Our research led to the discovery of this announcement. We are currently attempting to confirm receipt of this notice by the US DOS and will provide updates as we receive them. PAPs and ASPs with further information are requested to contact us at: reform@pear-now.org.

April 23, 2009

Dear Partners of ICAB,

Due to the large number of unmatched approved adoption applications of Prospective Adoptive Parents wanting to adopt children within the age range of 0-2 years old with or without medical/developmental concerns coupled with the limited number of chidlren of such category, effective MAY 1, 2009, ICAB has set a moratorium on accepting new applicants wanting to adopt from the above mentioned category.

ICAB shall resume accepting new applications for the aforementioned categories only after it has processed at least 50% of the existing families in our current list. Starting May 1, 2009, only families who would want to adopt a child three (3) years old and above would be considerd by ICAB.

We hope for your cooperation and continued support. Thank you.

Vdery[sic] truly yours,

Executive Director


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