Services

International Adoptions

2601 N Howard Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

410.659.4050
families@cc-md.org

International Adoption Programs

Catholic Charities has direct relationships with child placement agencies in the following countries:

View the International Adoptions Fee Schedule

 

Philippines

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Quezon City, Philippines

Children

Children aged 1 year and above, and sibling groups.

Where cared for

Most children are cared for in orphanages.

Average wait from approved homestudy to arrival

Children aged 6 and younger:  2-3 years from home study to arrival (subject to change)
Children 7 and above, sibling groups of three or more,  and children with special medical/social needs:  1-2 years from home study to arrival (subject to change)
Relative children:  please see link below

Eligibility, as per Philippine government regulations

Married couples married 3 years or longer

Single women for children aged 8 and older

Minimum age 25 – The younger parent should be no more than 45 years older than the child to be adopted

Affinity with some Christian denomination preferred.

Maximum Body Mass Index of 35. Those on medication for mental health issues are not eligible to apply. No history of cancer, or current chronic health conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune conditions, MS, etc.

You can find more information about adopting a relative child from the Philippines here.

Catholic Charities works with other United States agencies to place children from the following countries:

 

China

China’s Child of Promise

Children

Older infants and toddler girls and boys with very minor medical special needs.

Where cared for

Orphanages and/or foster homes

Average wait from approved homestudy to arrival

9-12 months (effective 8/11) - subject to change

Eligibility, as per Chinese government regulations

Married couples, at least 3-year marriage; at least 30 years old, up to age 49 and 9 months. No history of mental health disgnoses, arrests, or DUI/DWI within 10 years. Maximum Body Mass Index of 40. Single women accepted for children with moderate special needs.

  

Colombia

Instituto Colombiano de Bienestar Familiar (ICBF), Bogota, Colombia

Children

Children aged 8 years and above, and sibling groups of three or more

Where cared for

Most children are cared for in orphanages.

Average wait from approved home study to arrival

12 – 18 months

Eligibility, as per Colombian government regulations

Married couples married 3 years or longer.

Single women.

Minimum age 25. The Colombian government is flexible regarding the upper age range of adoptive applicants.

Good physical and mental health

Ethiopia

Children 

Toddlers and school aged children

Where cared for

Orphanages

Average wait from approved homestudy to arrival

18 - 24 months

Eligibility, as per Ethiopian government requirements

Married couples and singles, 25 - 50 years old.

Other Agencies or Foreign Sources

Catholic Charities also works cooperatively with other adoption agencies/sources that place children from a variety of countries. For more information about any of these sources, please call our office. We also work with families who have located their own legitimate source in any country that permits international adoption. Catholic Charities’ international sources in Korea and the Philippines will not accept homestudies from other agencies and prefer that Catholic Charities conduct the homestudy directly. Please call us with any questions about this requirement.