Holt International began finding families for children born in the U.S. in 1978, primarily in Oregon. Please note that information regarding the birth parents or birth family is confidential. However there are options open to you.
Confidential Intermediary Services
Holt encourages adoptees and families to correspond with their birth parent(s) if their whereabouts are known and they are open to communication. Even if the birth parent is not currently available, adoptees and families may send letters and photos through us to be placed in the adoptee’s file. They will be available for the birth parent, if she or he comes forward. Guidelines for sending letters and photos are available on request.
Counseling & Referral Services
Everyone needs an empathic listener and expert advice sometimes. One of our social workers can assist you in determining what resources you may need and how to access them. We want to help. Please click here.
Birth Family Search
Birth parents and adoptees may search for each other after the adoptee reaches the age of 18. Because Holt’s headquarters are in Oregon, state laws govern all post-adoption services by Holt, such as birth search and file copies. Oregon Statutes 109.425 & 109.455 requires an adoptee to be 18 or older to initiate a search, and has to initiate the search themselves. The release of birth parent identifying information is also covered by these laws. If your child is now age 18 or over, please have them contact us directly and we’d be happy to discuss this service with them.
To begin your investigation, we must first confirm that Holt International placed your child in an adoptive family. Once this has been verified, you’ll receive an email and further instructions for requesting any of the options noted above. Please follow the link below to contact us. Someone will respond within 2-3 days, if possible.