Adoption FAQs

1. In what countries does Holt have intercountry adoption programs?

Holt works in many countries around the world to find loving, adoptive families for children. See Country Criteria for details on each of Holt's overseas programs, including eligibility requirements, travel information, and the age range of children available by country. Holt also provides home study-only services in our branch office states.

2. How long will it take to adopt a child?

The timeframe to adopt a child – from application to placement – usually ranges from 12-36 months, depending on the country you adopt from.

3. What are the costs?

Fees vary by country, however, most Holt adoptions range from $16,890 to $28,365, including the cost of the home study. This estimate includes most expenses, except for travel. We can estimate your travel costs at the time you apply.

4. Are there income requirements for applicants?

Income requirements vary by country, as both the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and overseas governments set different income guidelines for international adoption. Holt uses the greater amount to determine requirements for each country. Currently, CIS requires adoptive families to have an earned income equal to 125% of the poverty guidelines. Poverty guidelines vary per state, and per family size, ranging from $18,387 to $47,037 according to 2011 figures.

5. Does Holt offer any financial assistance?

Holt believes finances should not stop a child from having a loving family. See the Financial Assistance section of our website for resources to help offset the cost of adoption. Holt offers assistance, on a case-by-case basis, for families adopting children with special needs. This fund is called the Special Needs Adoption Fund (SNAF). For more information about special needs adoption, please contact our Waiting Child Program. Because Holt adoption fees are due at various stages of the adoption process, families usually have from 7 to 24 months to gather their financial resources. The majority of the fees are due at the time a child is assigned to a family.

6. Can Holt work with families who don't live in Oregon or one of Holt's branch office states?

Absolutely. Holt's website lists the home study agencies we cooperate with in your state. With the exception of Korea, Holt can place children from every country where we work with eligible families in every state. Regarding Korea, Holt can place healthy children with families who reside in the following states: Arkansas, California, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota and Texas.

Korea's guidelines also allow us to place Waiting Children who have special needs with families in the following states: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington D.C., West Virginia and Wyoming.
We may also place Korean children who have no known medical conditions with Korean-American parents who reside in these states. If you reside in another state, we can refer you to another adoption agency that works with Korea.

7. What if I already have a completed home study?

Please contact our adoption counselor for more information:
Phone: (541) 687-2202

8. What if I move to another state during the adoption process?

Contact us immediately when you decide to move. Where you are in your process will determine what you will need to do to meet state, USCIS and overseas requirements.

9. Is it possible to work with another agency for a domestic placement, but explore international adoption too?

Should you decide on international adoption through Holt, we require you work with us exclusively. This ensures – for both adoptive families and children – as smooth an adoption process as possible.

10. What if I get pregnant during the adoption process?

At least one year should separate the arrival of children into the family. We believe it is very important to allow time to adjust after the addition of each child or children. After this period of adjustment, a family may consider adoption once again.

• If you become pregnant during the process, Holt will immediately either put your process on hold or discontinue your adoption – even if you have already been assigned a child.

11. I'm not sure which country I'd like to adopt from.

You don't have to choose a country in order to start the process. Holt staff will be glad to assist you with this important decision.

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