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Old 28th November 2018, 01:12 AM
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I've been married to a Filipina for three years now, and we wish to adopt her 11-year-old daughter.
I'd be grateful for any advice, happy endings, horror stories, etc.

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I had such a tough time trying to bring my legally adopted kids in 1992 (two) to the U.S. I even had the passports but couldn't get that Visa so I retired here, I now have grandkids a 2-year-old girl and 7-year-old boy.

The cost in 1993 was well over 100,000 pesos not including all the trips back and forth with our lawyer and the courthouse in Manila, my wife was able to do everything all I had to do was show up and sign documents with the lawyer.
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Thanks for that. I've no intention of moving my family to the UK, so I don't have to worry about that. It's just that my daughter wants my name/her mother's married name.
I mentioned this in my branch of the BPI once when I was there discussing a mortgage, and they said that they could deal with the whole thing for P50,000! Perhaps that's too good to be true, given that you paid twice that 25 years ago.
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Ok we are here in the UK so I don't know if this is possible in the Philippines but we just changed my wife's son name by deed pole, costed about 50.

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I am in the final stage of adopting my wife's son. Only substancial $$ is for your Lawyer, ours was 100K. And a lot of patience!! Have to get clearances from Barangay, Municipality, NBI and a couple more for you and your wife, all minor stuff really. Also have to attend a DSWD adoption seminar.

It took 4 court appearances and 2 years right about now, we are supposed to hear the verdict by the end of the year.

My only suggestion is to get a lawyer who has experience in adoptions to make things as quick as possible.

Will update you when we are finished. Feel free to ask any Q's you have.

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I am in the final stage of adopting my wife's son. Only substancial $$ is for your Lawyer, ours was 100K. And a lot of patience!! Have to get clearances from Barangay, Municipality, NBI and a couple more for you and your wife, all minor stuff really. Also have to attend a DSWD adoption seminar.

It took 4 court appearances and 2 years right about now, we are supposed to hear the verdict by the end of the year.

My only suggestion is to get a lawyer who has experience in adoptions to make things as quick as possible.

Will update you when we are finished. Feel free to ask any Q's you have.

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Been about 6 months since your post on this and said you were close to hopefully finishing up adoption; so, just wanted to see how it went? We are pursuing same with two nieces of my wife there starting next Spring when we will arrive and they will move in with us. Hoping we can do in 2+ years and then get them back to USA on Visa process. Any updates or new suggestions your end? Thanks in advance.

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Hi Nickleback, The adoption was official Feb 27th so I am now officially a Dad, that was a great day!! It took 3 months to get the verdict not the 1 month they suggested.

I didn't post yet because still jumping through a few more hoops. After the court ruling then paperwork has to be sent to MNL to be acknowledged by the Solicitor General I believe it is. It was sent Mar 05, supposed to be back to the local court within 30 days. It seems like the paperwork acknowledging they received it has disappeared. We tried to follow up on it a number of times but always running into a brick wall of how they can't follow up on it. I guess we finally bugged them enough that they sent another copy of the docs to MNL.

Once that is done then the local court here does some magic to make it officially official, if that makes any sense. After that need to get the new birth certificate issued from NSO and it will all be done.

If things go your way it might be done in 2 years, our court appearances were 3 months apart with 2 of them being cancelled which meant more delays. Also make sure nobody mentions your plans to take them to the States. If the court hears that, they will never approve an in-country adoption, you would be forced to it international. A lot longer, tedious and expensive process Doing it in-country they will be wanting to hear you are planning to stay in the PH.

Best of luck, I will let you know when it's finally done.

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Congratulations and Thanks Jerry for the info, feedback and guidance. Awesome for you that you all are able to get it done. I greatly appreciate it and hope that your process rest of the way goes as you hope. It's such a paperwork/carbon paper copy society still, it's amazing how some of it gets done. Enjoy being a Dad and advance Happy Father's Day to you! Regards, JC
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Long talk last night after all this and we are just going to go for the long haul, settle down and give the kids the best opportunities there. Maybe they can go to college later on visas or OFW....we can only do so much. Was always the "retirement dream" anyway prior to arrival of our son and want to give it a go now that we found what he needs there. Was hoping for Dumaguete before, but happy to go where we need to go as well. Figure if health goes down the toilet in 20 yrs or so, will always have somewhere to come back to if need medical then. In this world, 20 yrs is a lifetime and all subject to change. Look forward to meeting others over there and living the dream!
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Hoping we can do in 2+ years and then get them back to USA on Visa process. Any updates or new suggestions your end? Thanks in advance.
You might want to dig a little deeper into the USA policies on bringing adopted children in to the US. Years ago I was looking in to this and the only adoptions the USA recognized was those done under the Hague Convention. I don't think a lot of these adoptions done in the PI are under that convention. Also they did not allow the adoption of relatives under this convention.

Things may have changed though.
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