Icelandic authorities have reached an agreement with the Philippines with regards to child adoption.
Hörður Svavarsson, chairman of the Icelandic Adoption Society, told Vísir, “It’s not a big adoption country, but it’d be wrong to see that it’s uncommon there, too.”
Dozens of children from the Philippines have been adopted by Europeans in recent years. The government there requires prospective parents to be at least 27 years of age, and the waiting period is similar to that of other countries; about three years.
The Icelandic Adoption Society has similar agreements with China, Colombia, India, the Czech Republic, Macedonia and Nepal.
About 100 Icelandic couples and about 30 Icelandic single mothers are currently on adoption waiting lists.