The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is informing the public that only those placement of a child to prospective adoptive parent/s approved by the DSWD and by the Courts are considered legal adoption. Hence, the DSWD is urging the public to enjoin and support the DSWD’s advocacy campaigns against illegal adoption of children by not participating and engaging into different transactions that promotes this illegal practice that endangers the lives of our children, biological parents and adoptive parents as their rights are not protected under Republic Act 8552 or the Domestic Adoption Act of 1998”. Any person/s who will be found guilty of this illegal act will be apprehended and punishable under the law.

Further, the DSWD is re-iterating that the services of the DSWD are free but the applicant/s will spend for securing the documents required during the administrative phase of adoption. Also, the applicant/s or petitioner/s for adoption of a child will spend considerable amount of money in getting the services of a private lawyer whose cost of services varies, which may include an acceptance fee, appearance fee in court, among others during the finalization of adoption in court.

As to the services of a licensed and accredited Child-Placing Agency by DSWD such as NORFIL Foundation Inc., the applicant/s may inquire on the cost of fees and charges from the said agency.

Individuals or couples who wish to adopt a child should contact directly and transact only with the following DSWD Field Offices or licensed and accredited Child-Placing Agency or may visit the DSWD website at for further information:


DSWD- Central Office (Protective Services Bureau)
IBP Road, Batasan Pambansa Complex, Constitution Hills, Quezon City

DSWD Field Office-I
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
Quezon Avenue, San Fernando, La Union
(072) 888-35-27, 888-21-84, (072)
888-35-27, 888-21-84

DSWD Field Office- II
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
3 Dala na Pagayaya, Regional Government
Center, Carig Sur, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
(078) 846-70-43

DSWD Field Office – III
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
Government Center, Maimpis, San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 246-70-21

(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
Alabang Zapote Road, Muntinlupa
850-8380; 387-2632

(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
1680 F.T. Benitez corner, General Malvar St. Malate, Manila
523-6077 loc.205

DSWD Field Office- V
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
Magnolia St., PBN Buraguis, Legaspi City
(052) 480-57-54

DSWD Field Office-VI
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
M. H. del Pilar Street, Molo, Iloilo City
(033) 508-67-75; 508-68-67
Direct Line: (033) 337-62-21

DSWD Field Office-VII
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
MJ Cuenco Avenue corner Gen. Maxilom Ave., Cebu City
(032) 231-21-72

DSWD Field Office-VIII
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
Magsaysay Blvd.,Tacloban City
(053) 321-10-07

DSWD Field Office-IX
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
General Vicente Alvarez St., Zamboanga City
(062) 991-10-01

DSWD Field Office-X
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
Masterson Ave., Upper Carmen, Cagayan De Oro City
(088) 858-63-33; 858-89-59

DSWD Field Office-XI
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
Suazo St., cor. Magsaysay Ave., Davao City
(082) 226-28-57

DSWD Field Office-XII
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
9506-Purok Bumanoag, Brgy. Zone 3, Koronadal City
(083) 228-31-80/81

DSWD-Field Office-NCR
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
389 San Rafael Street,Legarda, Manila
(02) 488-2754

DSWD-Field Office-CAR
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
40 North Drive, Baguio City
(074) 442-79-17

DSWD-Field Office-CARAGA
(Adoption Resource and Referral Unit)
R. Palma St., Butuan City
(085) 342-5619/20


Norfil Foundation, Inc. No. 16 Mother Ignacia
Avenue, Cor., Roces Avenue, Quezon City
(02) 372-3577/79 local or 373-2169

We urge the public to report to the DSWD-Central Office, thru its telephone number
(02) 951-7438 and email address at, any case of illegal adoption
of children for appropriate legal action.