ISSJ’s Adoption Policy  

In the process of adoption, we attach importance on the welfare of children, since most of children for our adoption placement are in social care. The adoptive parent must be a person who accepts children deprived of family, and provides love, care, and healing. ISSJ supports such adoptive families from a long-term perspective.

The Adoptive Parents We Look for

Adoption provides children an opportunity to grow up in a loving family. Children have already experienced great loss and sorrow since they were separated from birth parent, and left institution where they have felt like home. That is why we look for adoptive parents who are open-minded and able to give feeling of safe and therapeutic support to children, and our prospective adoptive parents are expected to have qualities as below:

  • Having enough stamina and energy for bringing up children
  • Able to control over their own feelings and emotions
  • Accepting trauma or attachment disorder children may have
  • Giving consideration to children’s subconscious mind
  • Keeping psychosocial distance with children
  • Looking at the positive side and giving words of praise to children
  • Having a sense of humor
  • Good at time management
  • Being creative
  • Setting an appropriate target
  • Understanding the importance of children’s identity
  • Supportive when children try to search their roots
  • Able to face the issue of gender or sexuality
  • Ready to be a healing parent
  • Accepting children as they are
  • Able to seeking help to others and use support resources

Registration requirements

  • Couples having at least three years stable marital relationship
  • Financially capable
  • Not on fertility treatment
  • Age difference between the prospective adoptive parents (PAPs) and children shall be under 45 years at the time of placement.
  • If the PAPs have their own birth child(ren), the youngest one shall be 1-year old or over.
  • If the PAPs have other adopted child(ren), their adoption procedure must be completed.
  • If the PAPs are foreign nationals, they have to reside in Japan another three years from the time of application.
Adaption Procedure

Adoption Service Fee

Training fee: 40,000 JPY (+20,000 JPY for interpretation, if necessary)

Adoption procedure cost: 985,000 JPY

Total: 1,025,000 JPY

[Breakdown of Service Fee]

Item Content Fee Remarks
Training fee for the PAPs

*Requisite under the law

Lectures and seminars 20,000 JPY Training fee must be paid in lump.
On-site training (at baby home, etc.) 20,000 JPY
Interpretation (if necessary) 10,000 JPY/ day
Adoption procedure costs for the PAPs Orientation 5,000 JPY
Initial interview 30,000 JPY
Home study 300,000 JPY
Placement fee

(Including petition for adjudication at Japanese family court and post-placement support)

650,000 JPY The cost can be paid in two installments.

1st installment:

At the time of placement

2nd installment:

When the procedure is completed.

*Governing law
Adoption Agency Act 2017
Civil Code of Japan   Article 727 Special Adoption

After Adopting a Child

Telling about adoption

Telling children about their adoption story is a formidable but crucial process for adoptive families. Preserving identity is one of children’s rights stipulated in the Convention on the Rights of the Child. While growing up, adoptive children may ask about their origin. Adoptive parents should explain just simply and honestly why they and birth parent chose adoption so that children can understand appropriately at their age. Adoption shouldn’t be a secret. It is important to tell the truth in an understandable way repeatedly in order to foster their sound growth.

Life Story Work

Children acquire a safe place as a member of adoptive family by adoption. However, loss and sorrow they experienced in their early life should continuously be noted since understanding and accepting personal history as a part of their entire life is quite important for development of emotional well-being and self-esteem. Life Story Work is helpful in order to look back on their past from the birth up to the present, and to express their feelings freely from both the good and bad sides. It aims to help children understand what has happened to them in the past, and process it.

We work together with adoptive parents so that children can reflect on their past in safe and comfortable circumstances and develop a positive sense of self.

ISSJ supports adoptive families working on Telling and Life Story Work via trainings, seminars, and counseling.

Intercountry Adoption