5. How expensive is adoption in the Philippines?
It’s hard to say precisely how much it will cost for someone to adopt a child since it still depends on whether or not the applicant will employ the services of an agency.
In general, applicants must pay for:
- Pre-adoption seminar or forum
- Home Study Report
- Pre-Adoption Placement Authority
- Lawyer’s fees
- Court fees
- Newspaper publication of adoption petition
- Adoption registration fees
Please remember that DSWD services for adoption are free.
Anyone who wishes to adopt in the Philippines should go through legal channels. Never take a child from anyone, even if tell you that they are willing to relinquish their parental rights. Additionally, paying for a child is punishable by law.
If you didn’t go through the legal process, the child is not yours, and the authorities can take them from your custody.
Remember that adoption is not just a social and emotional process; it’s also a legal process.
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