Parent Eligibility

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China

Children Who Need Families

  • The China program matches girls and boys with minor to moderate special needs as healthy babies are adopted domestically, so they are no longer available for international adoption.
  • Many children are 2-4 years old at time of placement, but children through age 13 are waiting for families.
  • Children from China are ineligible for adoption once they reach the age of 14.
  • Older children and those with more involved special needs are featured on our photo listing.
  • They can be preliminarily matched with families who have not yet completed a home study or dossier.
  • Younger children with manageable/correctable conditions must be matched with a family whose dossier is completed and logged in with China.
  • We rarely see siblings from China.
  • Families may not adopt two unrelated children at the same time.

Parent's Age

  • Both parents must be at least 30 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • There can be no more than a 50-year age difference between the child and the younger spouse.

Length of Marriage

  • Couples must be married at least 2 years at the time of dossier submission.
  • If either spouse has two divorces, the minimum length for the current marriage is 5 years.
  • Time spent living together prior to marriage can be counted toward the total length of marriage.

Divorce

  • No more than two divorces per spouse.

Children in Family

  • Families can have no more than 5 children under the age of 18 in the home.
  • The youngest child must be at least 3 years of age at the time of dossier submission.

Single Applicant

  • Only single women may apply.
  • Single applicants must be at least 30 years of age at the time of dossier submission.
  • There can be no more than a 50-year age difference between the child and the applicant.
  • There can be no more than two children under the age of 18 in the home, and the youngest child must be at least 3 at the time of dossier submission.
  • The minimum net worth for singles is $100,000.
  • The minimum annual income is $30,000 plus $10,000 for each child currently in the home.
  • There are additional requirements for single applicants who live with a male partner.

Travel in Country

  • At least one parent is required to travel to China, although travel by both parents is strongly encouraged.
  • The average trip length is 14 days.

How Long it Takes

  • For a waiting child who is older or has more involved special needs, the process takes about 12 months from application to placement.
  • For younger children with manageable/correctable conditions, most families are currently completing the process in approximately 18-24 months.
  • Time frames are subject to change.
  • We will keep you informed on a monthly basis as you make your way through the process.

Waiting Child Program

  • Many children who are older or have more involved special needs appear on the China Waiting Child photo listing.
  • These children can be matched with families at any stage of the process, including those who are just getting started.
  • The match is pending an approved home study and becomes official at that time.

Additional Information

  • China requires minimum annual income of $30,000 plus $10,000 for each child currently in the home, and net worth of $80,000 for couples and $100,000 for singles.
  • Body mass index (BMI) cannot exceed 40 for each applicant.
  • If one spouse is healthy, China is open to a chronic well-controlled medical condition in the other spouse.
  • For skin, thyroid, breast or testicular cancer, the applicant must be cancer free for at least 3 years.
  • For other types of cancer, the applicant must be cancer free for at least 5 years.
  • China is open to one or both applicants with a well-controlled mental health condition, such as anxiety or depression, with a positive psychological assessment.
  • For families coming back into process, the soonest they can submit an LOI for another child is 6 months after the registration date of the initial adoption.
  • The soonest a family can submit a dossier for another adoption (whether matched or not) is 12 months after the last adoption was registered.
  • Home studies for China MUST be done by a Hague or COA-accredited agency.
  • You will find a list of accredited agencies in your state on our website.
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Note

  • Free webinars are held every month, which provide more information about Holt’s China program and feature an adoptive family who shares their story and answers questions.
  • You can register for an upcoming webinar, “Discover China Adoption”, or watch a recording of an earlier webinar by clicking on "View Event Recordings” on the right-hand side.

Korea

Holt can place children from Korea with families from all 50 states.

Children Who Need Families

  • Children waiting for families are on average 2 years old at the time of placement.
  • More boys than girls from Korea need families through international adoption.
  • Children range from having minor noted medical conditions that are not considered special needs to having more involved special needs.

Parent's Age

  • Both parents must be between the ages of 25 and 44-and-a-half at time of homestudy submission.
  • Please contact the Korea program prior to applying if either parent is near the age of 44.
  • If one or both parents are Korean, or one parent is a Korean adoptee, or the prospective family has previously adopted from Korea, the upper age limit is 49-and-a-half.
  • *Please scroll down to the notes section below for additional eligibility criteria.

Length of Marriage

  • Applicants must be married for at least 3 years.

Divorce

  • Applicants may have 1-2 divorces total.

Children in Family

  • Applicants may have up to four children already in the home.

Single Applicant

  • Single applicants not accepted.
  • If you are a single applicant, please see our China, Vietnam, India and Philippines programs to explore your options.

Travel in Country

  • Two trips are required to adopt from Korea.
  • Both parents are required to travel on the first trip.
  • One or both parents may travel on the second trip, but if only one parent travels, an additional adult travel companion is recommended.

How Long it Takes

  • The estimated timeframe from application through placement is approximately 26-30 months.

Waiting Child Program

  • Children from Korea that have slightly more involved medical conditions sometimes require additional home-finding efforts.
  • These children typically have a range of special needs.
  • Families who adopt through the waiting child program have the same eligibility requirements as the standard Korea process.

Additional Information

  • If either parent has any medical conditions or an arrest record, please contact the Korea program prior to application.
  • Families currently on medication for a mental health condition such as depression or anxiety are not eligible.
  • Families currently on a medication classified as an antidepressant for a non-mental health issue should consult with the Korea program to determine eligibility.
  • Families with a history of depression, please contact the Korea program staff directly to discuss eligibility.
  • The maximum permitted Body Mass Index (BMI) is 35, and all parents with a BMI in the range of 30-35 should contact their physician for a medical letter after applying.
  • Families must be open to a child of either gender as well as a child who has at least some minor to moderate medical conditions such as prematurity, birth mother use of minor alcohol and/or tobacco, or a minor heart murmur.
  • See the list below to find out if you are eligible.
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Vietnam

Children Who Need Families

  • Please contact the Vietnam Program before applying.
  • Holt is searching for families for a limited number of children with special needs and older children.

Parent's Age

  • Applicants should be married couples or singles who are 25 years of age older.
  • Parents 55 years or older will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Applicants must be at least 20 years older than the adopted child.

Length of Marriage

  • Couples must be married for at least two years before applying.

Divorce

  • Each applicant may have up to two divorces.

Children in Family

  • There can be four children already present in the applicant's home.
  • Families with more than four children will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Single Applicant

  • Yes, Vietnam is open to single applicants.

Travel in Country

  • Both parents are required to travel and should expect to spend about two to three weeks in Vietnam.

How Long it Takes

  • From application to placement, we anticipate the entire process will take 1-3 years on average, though the process timeframe may vary as this is a pilot program between Vietnam and the United States.
  • For waiting children, application to placement may be shorter - approximately 1-2 years.

Waiting Child Program

  • For children placed through our waiting child program, the process and eligibility requirements are the same as what is listed above.

Additional Information

  • Parents with major medical or arrest histories, please contact us before applying.
  • Prospective families must speak with Holt's Vietnam adoption program staff prior to submitting an application.
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Note

  • Vietnam is a Hague Convention country.

Thailand

Children Who Need Families

  • The majority of children in need of families are age 2-3 years old at time of placement.
  • Most live in foster care.

Parent's Age

  • Prospective adoptive mother under 40 years.
  • Prospective adoptive father under 45 years.

Length of Marriage

  • Couples must be married for at least 2-and-a-half years before applying.

Divorce

  • Each applicant may have up to one divorce.

Children in Family

  • There can be up to one child already in the home and they must be at least 2 years old at the time of application.

Single Applicant

  • Thailand does not accept single applicants.
  • If you are a single applicant, please view our India, Philippines, Vietnam or China program.

Travel in Country

  • Both parents are required to travel and should expect to spend about two weeks in Thailand.

How Long it Takes

  • From application to placement, we anticipate the entire process will take approximately 2 1/2 to 3 years.

Waiting Child Program

  • The majority of waiting children are 5 years old or older.
  • The eligibility requirements specifying an adoptive parent's age and family size may be flexible for families interested in adopting waiting children.
  • Please contact us for more information.

Additional Information

  • Any applicants with medical issues or arrest history must be pre-screened.
  • Families may request the opposite gender of the child already in the home, otherwise families must be open to a child of either gender.
  • Please contact program staff prior to application.
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Note

  • Thailand is a Hague Convention country.

Philippines

Children Who Need Families

  • The majority of children matched through the standard program are age 2-5 years old at time of placement.
  • We are also accepting new applications from families open to a child with special needs or children 6 or older.
  • Please contact the Philippines program before applying.

Parent's Age

  • The minimum age for applicants is 27.
  • There can be no more than 45 years age difference between the primary caregiver and the child.
  • If both parents reach the age of 50 while waiting for the referral of a child, the Philippines will only refer a child from the Special Home Finding list for children with moderate to major special needs.

Length of Marriage

  • Couples must be married for at least three years before applying.
  • If applicants have been legally married for at least one year, the other two years can be common-law marriage.

Divorce

  • Each applicant may have up to one divorce.

Children in Family

  • Families can have up to three children already in their home at the time of application.
  • On a case-by-case basis, the Philippines will sometimes accept families with up to four children in the home at the time of application.
  • Please contact the Philippines program before applying.
  • Childless couples are given some priority during the centralized child match process.

Single Applicant

  • Single applicants are accepted for children older than 6 or children with moderate to major special needs.
  • Please contact the Philippines program prior to applying.

Travel in Country

  • At least one parent is required to travel and should expect to spend about five business days in the Philippines.
  • We strongly prefer that both parents travel to the Philippines.

How Long it Takes

  • From application to placement, we anticipate the entire process will take approximately 3-4 years.

Waiting Child Program

  • Children in our waiting child program are released to multiple agencies for home-finding, and these children are usually older or have some special needs.
  • Holt's Philippines Ambassador Program specifically recruits families for waiting children 10-15 years old.
  • Families with four or more children may be eligible to adopt children in our waiting child program.
  • This approval is given on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Information

  • Families must be open to a child of either gender.
  • Families with Filipino heritage are given priority during the child matching process.
  • To be eligible to adopt from the Philippines, families must provide a letter of reference from their church that confirms the adoptive family has been attending for at least five years.
  • Applicants cannot have a Body Mass Index (BMI) that exceeds 35.
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Note

  • The Philippines is a Hague Convention country.
  • Holt also assists families who want to adopt a child relative living in the Philippines.
  • Please contact the Philippines program to learn more.

India

Children Who Need Families

  • Our India program is currently accepting applications from: NRI families, families who are open to children above age 4 years, and families who are open to significant special needs.

Parent's Age

  • The minimum age difference between the youngest applicant and the child is 25.
  • The maximum combined age of married adoptive parents can be up to 90 to adopt a child under 4 years old, up to 100 for a child 4-8 years old and 110 years for children 8 years or older.
  • The maximum age for single adoptive parents can be up to 45 to adopt a child under 4 years old, up to 50 for a child 4-8 years old and 55 for children 8 years or older.
  • When calculating age, the Indian governments accounts for the sum of years, months and days for both parents.

Length of Marriage

  • Couples must be married for at least two years before applying.

Divorce

  • Married couples can have a total of two divorces between both applicants.

Children in Family

  • Applicants may have up to two children.
  • If you have more than two children and are open to a child with special needs please contact the India program.
  • India counts all children of the parents, including grown children not just those in the home.
  • For families who can accept a child 10+ or a child with moderate to major special needs, India may be open on a case by case basis.

Single Applicant

  • Please contact the India program before applying.
  • For single applicants, the maximum age of the applicant is 45 years for a child under 4 years old, 50 years for a child 4-8 years old, and a maximum of 55 years for a child 8 years old or older.
  • Single males may only adopt a male child.

Travel in Country

  • At least one parent is required to travel to India and the average trip length is typically 10-14 days.

How Long it Takes

  • From application to placement, we anticipate the entire process will take approximately 2-3 years.

Waiting Child Program

  • India provides Holt access to a photolisting for a select group of children who are available for adoption.
  • Holt may then match waiting children with families registered with our India program.
  • While India's eligibility requirements are the same for waiting children as they are for families adopting through the standard process, India's central adoption authority encourages priority for waiting children.

Additional Information

  • Our India program is currently only accepting applications from NRI families, families who are open to children above the age of 4, and families who are open to significant special needs.
  • The United States government requires that one adoptive parent be a US citizen.
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Note

  • India is a Hague Convention country.
  • Approximately 47 percent of children in India are malnourished, so all parents must understand the effects of malnutrition on the growth and development of children.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact the India program for more information before applying.

Haiti

Children Who Need Families

  • Holt's Haiti program is currently accepting a limited number of applications.
  • Please contact the Haiti program prior to applying.
  • Most children will be 2-6 years old at time of placement, and range from being physically healthy to having minor special needs.
  • We are also accepting applications from families for sibling groups of all ages, older children 6+ years of age, and children with moderate to major special needs.

Parent's Age

  • For married couples, one applicant must be at least 30 years of age.
  • Single applicants must be at least 35.
  • For both single and married applicants, the upper age limit is 50 years.

Length of Marriage

  • Married applicants must be married for at least 5 years at the time of application.

Divorce

  • For married couples, one divorce each is accepted.
  • Singles may also have one divorce.

Children in Family

  • There can be up to 4 children in the home.

Single Applicant

  • Single women between 35 and 50 years of age are eligible.
  • Applicants 48+ years of age should contact the Haiti program prior to applying.

Travel in Country

  • Two trips are required for the Haiti program.
  • The first trip lasts 2 weeks and occurs after a family or single applicant is matched with a child.
  • This trip is designed for the family to spend some time with the child prior to the case moving forward.

How Long it Takes

  • From application through placement, the estimated timeframe is approximately 24-36 months.

Additional Information

  • We encourage interested families to check our website periodically for status updates.
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Ethiopia

Children Who Need Families

  • Applications for this program are not being accepted at this time.
  • For more information please contact Holt.

Parent's Age

  • Couples 25-50 years old at the time of application are eligible to adopt.
  • Ethiopia prefers no more than 40 years age difference between the mother and the child.

Length of Marriage

  • Couples need to be married at least 2 years at the time of application.

Divorce

  • Up to 2 divorces per spouse are accepted.

Children in Family

  • Applicants may have up to 2 children in the home at the time of application.
  • Special consideration will be given to larger families who are adopting a child with special needs.

Single Applicant

  • Single applicants are not accepted.

Travel in Country

  • Families have the option of taking one long trip or two short trips.
  • One trip: lasts for approximately 4-6 weeks.
  • Two trips: each trip lasts for about 1 week.

How Long it Takes

  • From application through placement, the estimated time frame is approximately 2-4 years.

Waiting Child Program

  • Waiting children from Ethiopia are often physically healthy, older, or part of a sibling group. Eligibility criteria flexible for families adopting waiting children

Additional Information

  • Eligibility criteria is often flexible for families who adopt waiting children.
  • Childless couples and families who already have a girl must be open to a child of either gender.
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The following information is available upon request:

The number of our adoption placements per year for the prior three calendar years, and the number and percentage of those placements that remain intact, are disrupted, or have been dissolved as of the time the information is provided; the number of parents who apply to adopt on a yearly basis, based on data for the prior three calendar years; and the number of children eligible for adoption and awaiting an adoptive placement referral.