We pioneered international adoption 60 years ago and we remain the leaders today, uniting families with children who truly need them. We stand by adoptees and their families for their entire lives — providing world-class care to children waiting to come home, as well as resources, education tools and support to families and adult adoptees. You can rest assured that we are doing adoption the right way.
Since 1992, Holt International has placed more than 7,000 children from China with adoptive families in the U.S. And every year, we continue to unite nearly 200 children from China with the loving families they deserve! While China's adoption program has evolved to meet the changing needs of the children it serves, it has remained stable, predictable and forward moving. Most importantly, many children are waiting for a loving adoptive family right now.
Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children in China waiting for a family.
Yes. As the one-child policy in China has become less restrictive in recent years, fewer families feel compelled to abandon their children. Many families lack the resources to care for children with special medical conditions, however, and will leave their children to the care of others who they hope can meet their unique needs. Consequently, the majority of children waiting for families have medical or developmental special needs. School-age children are also considered to have a “special need” since they typically wait longer to be matched with families. When applying, families determine their openness to age, gender and types of special needs. Holt is seeking families for both boys and girls, ranging in age between 2 -14 years old when they join their families. The majority of children Holt places from China have conditions that can either be corrected with surgery or managed with treatment, such as:
Moderate to complex heart conditions, sometimes partially corrected in China
Some agencies post information about children who are designated to their agency, as well as all the children currently released on the CCCWA's shared list. They ask parents to sift through large numbers of child referrals without much support. This can be overwhelming and emotionally taxing for parents. This is the decision of a lifetime, and we believe you should have the opportunity to work with as many professionals as possible to inform your decision.
Whether you are still gathering information or you feel ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.