Parent Eligibility

Our staff is excited to hear from you and answer any questions you have. We work with families in all 50 states. Call 541-687-2202 or email info@holtinternational.org

China

Children Who Need Families

  • The China program matches girls and boys with minor to moderate physical conditions, about 18 months to 13 years old at the time of placement. Most families are matched with children under the age of 36 months unless they specifically request an older child. We have multiple orphanage partnerships and utilize the CCCWA's shared list to identify children for matching based on the age, gender and medical conditions that each family is open to. Children are designated to agencies in two categories: minor special needs or special focus (SF) . Children in the SF category may be matched with families who have not yet completed a dossier, while children designated as having minor special needs must be matched with a family whose dossier is completed and logged in with China. Families who have certain eligibility challenges may be limited to a child in the SF category. Contact the China program for more details.

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 child and the younger applicant. Please contact the China program for more details.

Length of Marriage

  • Parents must be married for at least 2 years at the time of dossier submission. If either parent has been previously married, the minimum length of the current marriage is 5 years. Exceptions are possible based on the total length of the relationship.

Divorce

  • Up to 2 divorces per spouse is considered on a case-by-case basis.

Children in Family

  • China does not restrict family size.

Single Applicant

  • Only single women may apply. The minimum age for single applicants is 30 at the time of application. There can be no more than 45 years difference between the child and applicant. There can be no more than two children under the age of 18 in the home and the youngest child must be older than 5 at the time of application. The minimum net worth of single applicants is $100,000 with an annual income of $10,000 per family member (including the prospective adoptee), plus an additional $10,000. There are additional requirements for single females who live with a male partner.Contact the China program for more information.

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, depending on the child's province.

How Long it Takes

  • For families in process to adopt a child with a physical condition: for boys, the timeframe is approximately 12-14 months from application to placement; girls will come home in approximately 18-20 months from application to placement. For families in process to adopt a child without any identified special needs, the timeframe is approximately 8 or more years. Due to the long timeframe, we are not currently accepting new families for this program.

Waiting Child Program

  • Many "special focus" children who are older or have more significant special needs appear on the China waiting child photolisting. They can be matched with families at any stage of the process.

Additional Information

  • China also has minimum income requirements of $10,000 per family member currently in the home (including the child to be adopted), and a minimum $80,000 net worth (total assets - total liabilities) . China may show some flexibility on the income requirements for families living in regions with a low cost of living. Body mass index (BMI) cannot exceed 40 for each applicant to the China program. If one spouse is healthy, certain medical histories or chronic conditions that are well controlled may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Families should review their conditions with the China program before applying. In general, conditions that are minor and well controlled with medication, including anti-depressant/anxiety medications, are accepted with a positive medical letter. Families with an arrest history - even if expunged or if the arrest occurred as a minor - should contact the China program before applying. Homestudies for China MUST be performed by a Hague or COA-accredited agency. Please call us for help selecting a licensed homestudy agency in your state. China has ratified the Hague Convention on adoption. For information about the Hague Convention, click here.
Learn more about Holt's work in China

Note

  • Free webinars are held every other month, which provide more information about the array of options through the China program.

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 both parents are Korean, 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. For the Korea program, Holt can only work with families living in specific states. 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 25-54 years old at the time of application.
  • 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 three weeks in Vietnam.

How Long it Takes

  • From application to placement, we anticipate the entire process will take 2-3 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.
Learn more about Holt's work in Vietnam

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.
  • Please contact the Thailand program prior to applying.

Parent's Age

  • At time of application to Holt, the adoptive mother should be between 25-39 years old and adoptive father should be 25-44 years old.

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 older than 18 months already in the applicant's home 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 18-30 months.

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.
  • Please contact program staff prior to application.
Learn more about Holt's work in Thailand

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.

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 2-3 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.
Learn more about Holt's work in Philippines

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 6 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 age of each parent 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 years for children 8 years or older.

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

  • There can be up to four children, however, officials will closely review families with four children.
  • Please contact the India program staff for details.

Single Applicant

  • Please contact the India program before applying.
  • For single applicants, the maximum age of the applicant can 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 age 6 years, and families who are open to significant special needs.
  • The United States government requires that one adoptive parent be a US citizen.
Learn more about Holt's work in India

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.
  • Please contact the Haiti program if one or both applicants are 48+ years of age.

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

  • Applicants may have up to 3 children already 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

  • One 5-7 day trip and one 2-week trip are required.
  • The 2-week trip 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.
Learn more about Holt's work in Haiti

Ethiopia

Children Who Need Families

  • This program is not currently accepting new families. Children waiting for families from Ethiopia are often physically healthy, older or part of a sibling group.

Parent's Age

  • Couples 25-44 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. Couples in which the husband is over 44 and the wife is under 44 are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

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 5 children already in home.

Single Applicant

  • Single applicants are not accepted.

Travel in Country

  • New Travel Requirements: Two trips, approximately 5-10 days each, are required. Both parents are required to travel for the first trip. One or both parents may travel for the second trip. As this is a new requirement, more details will be availa

How Long it Takes

  • From application through placement, the estimated timeframe is approximately 18-30 months.

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.
Learn more about Holt's work in Ethiopia