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Lutheran Social Services of
Wisconsin and Upper Michigan


Philippines Adoptions

We have been working in the Philippines for over 30 years. We have established lasting relationships within this beautiful country, and are deeply committed to helping to improve the lives of all children in need. We are accredited by the Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) of the Philippines to find families for children from the Philippines.

We also founded the Philippine Adoption Ambassador Program to find families for children over the age of nine years from the Philippines due to the abundance of children in need of families and the unique recruitment efforts necessary to find families for these children.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Families must be open to a child of either gender.
  • The adoption process takes 18 to 24 months from the time of acceptance by the Philippine government to the time of referral.
  • Adopting parents must be married at least three years
  • Preference is given to Christian families.
  • Adopting parents must be at least 27 years old at the time of application. (Preference is given to families who are no more than 45 years older than the child to be adopted.)
  • Travel by at least one parent to the Philippines to receive the child is required.
  • Applicants who are in good physical health and free of any significant health conditions, past or present are eligibile for adoption.  For more information about the health considerations, call your local office for additional information.
  • The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) has indicated they will consider the physical and/or mental health status of prospective adoption parents who are seeking the adoption of a relative or special needs child; including older, school aged children, on a case-by-case basis.

Children Available

  • Ages:  Many children are over 24 months to 15 years old.  Healthy children, children with special needs, and siblings are available.  Families should be open to either sex; more boys than girls are available for adoption.  All families must be willing to accept a child up to the age of four years.
  • Medical conditions that are commonly found in "healthy" children are upper respiratory infections.  Some of the children need follow up for Tuberculosis upon placement.  Parasites are common, as are scabies.  Malnutrition may also be a frequent part of the children's history.  Minor developmental delays are common in the children.
  • Children with special needs refer to children who:a) need major surgeries, b) have major developmental delays or are handicap (e.g.  blind, deaf, mute), c) are older children - 9 years old and above, and/or d) are sibling groups of three or more children.
  • The Inter-Country Adoption Board (ICAB) matches families and their referral will include a photo, child study report, and a brief health history.

Travel Requirements

  • Travel to the Philippines is one trip, seven to ten days in length. Travel by both parents is highly recommended

In-Country Guide

For more than three decades, we've partnered with Ramon to serve as a dedicated in-country guide to families who visit the Philippines. In addition to providing transportation to all adoption-related appointments during their stay, Ramon also assists in translation and overall concierge services, sharing his love and knowledge of the Filipino culture with guests. Many returning families express appreciation for Ramon's care, guidance and hospitality. Read testimonials from adoptive families and Philippine Ambassadors about Ramon here.

Wait Time

  • Two to three years if open to a child up to the age of four
  • One to two years if open to a child with special needs, a child over the age of five, or siblings

If you are interested in learning more, please fill out our information request form, below. Or, you may contact Val Zegers at  920-730-1377 or email

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