Inter-Country Adoption New Zealand

Relative Adoption in the Philippines

Filippinos who live in New Zealand and have a NZ permanent residency visa, or dual citizenship for New Zealand, may adopt a relative child in the Philippines. This is only possible up to the 4th degree of sanguinity. Typically this involves adopting a sibling, a niece, nephew, first cousin or grandchild. The child must be found to need a new family - this is not a way to side-step normal immigration procedures for a child that is well able to be cared for in their current family situation. It is also not to provide a child for a family in NZ.

The adoption process is very well defined and does NOT involve a domestic adoption through the Philippines court and does not require a lawyer in the Philippines. You can only adopt in the Philippines court if you have lived permanently in the Philippines for THREE years prior to applying for adoption. If you reside in New Zealand you must follow the Hague Convention process for inter-country adoption. If you do not follow this official process, you may find the child can never come to New Zealand.

ICANZ can assist you to adopt a relative provided you follow the correct procedure and meet the requirements. The process requires a lot of work in NZ and in the Philippines. Our liaison agency, Samaritans' Place, assists at the Philippines end. There are costs involved at each stage, paid in small stages, as you meet the requirements for eligibility at each step. Some steps are free of costs.

Here is a simplified overview of the process. There are many detailed steps not described here. These are explained as we work through the process with you.

Contact ICANZ to start the process