On December 13, 2010, the Inter-country Adoption Board of the Republic of the Philippines issued a resolution approving a temporary suspension in accepting additional applications from foreign adoption agencies. The purpose of the suspension is to regulate the number of applications in order to reduce the backlog of applications.
The moratorium applies to adoption agencies that have sent in ten or more applications per year will between 2008-2010. These agencies will be required to temporarily refrain from submitting additional applications until the average waiting period is reduced to about two years. Applications for special needs adoptions are not subject to the suspension, nor are applications from prospective adoptive families who received approval from US authorities to adopt from the Republic of the Philippines prior to January 31, 2011. According to the IAB, all adoption agencies approved to work in the Republic have been notified of the resolution.
A copy of the Resolution and accompanying letter of notice can be found at: http://www.icab.gov.ph under "Downloads" ->"Forms"
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