Sunrise is accredited by the Philippine Government to complete adoptions of both relative and non-relative children.

Relative Children

The Philippines allows the adoption of relative children (up to the 4th degree of consanguinity).  This means that the child must be the prospective adoptive parents' grandchild, brother, sister, niece, nephew, grandniece, grandnephew, aunt, uncle or first cousin.

Non-Related Children

The Children of the Philippines


  • Live in orphanages.

  • May be girls or boys (parents may not specify a particular gender)

  • Will be 3 or older. ICAB has set a moratorium on accepting new applicants adopting a child under two years of age.


The Parents


  • Must be at least twenty-seven (27) years of age and at least sixteen (16) years older than the child to be adopted at the time of the application, unless the applicant is the parent by nature of the child to be adopted or is the spouse of such parent by nature. A maximum of forty-five (45) years age gap between the adoptive child should be maintained except in cases where the circumstances will be favorable to the child;

  • Must be married for three (3) years;

  • Both parents must be residents of British Columbia;

  • Families can have up to three children already in their home. The youngest child must be one year at the time of application submission. Families with four or more children in the home can apply to adopt a child with special needs or an older child on the Special Home Finding List;

  • Must not have been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude;

  • Must be a practicing Christian couple.

  • Must be in good mental and physical health.

  • Not currently using cannabis.



The Philippines is a member of the Hague Adoption Convention and its Central Authority is The Intercountry Adoption Board of the Philippines (ICAB).

Only accepting of applications from residents of British Columbia.

Residents of Ontario and Quebec are required to use agencies in their home province.