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Every child deserves a loving home.

More than 65 years of experience. A lifelong commitment to your family.

Why choose Holt for your adoption?

We pioneered international adoption 65 years ago and we remain the leaders today, upholding the highest ethical standards as we unite loving, permanent families with children who truly need them. We work with families of all backgrounds, including families of diverse religions, ages and marital status. Before pursuing adoption, we always explore the possibility of helping a child remain or reunite with their birth family. We also stand by adoptees and their families for their entire lives — providing quality care to children waiting to join families, as well as post-adoption resources, education and support to families and adult adoptees. You can rest assured that we are doing adoption the right way.

“We found the Holt staff to be transparent, trustworthy, knowledgeable, kind, encouraging and professional. We are so thankful that our adoption experience was a positive one and our lives have forever been changed for the better with the addition of our son. We can’t say enough good things about working with Holt!”

Jade & David Sekula | Adopted Micah from China in 2018

Get to Know the Children Who Need Families

Through the years, the children who need families through international adoption have changed. Children may be older in age, part of a sibling group and/or have special medical, physical, developmental or emotional needs. The typical profile of child also varies by country. Here is a quick location-based overview of the children who need families. Visit each location page or contact us at [email protected] for more information!

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Holt Has International Adoption Programs in 11 Locations

We work with families in all 50 states to find loving homes for children from 11 locations around the world! Explore our international adoption programs below or email us at [email protected] to discuss which program is the right fit for your family. Every child and family is different and we strive to unite each child with the family best equipped to meet their unique needs.

Meet the children on our waiting child photolisting

Our photolisting features children who need additional advocacy to help them join a permanent, loving family that is uniquely equipped and prepared to parent them.

To preserve children’s confidentiality, you will be asked to log in or sign up.

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Steps to Adopt

At every step along your adoption journey, we’ll provide guidance and support and help prepare you for what to expect.

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Choose a placing agency. Not all agencies are equal and not all approaches are the same. Attend informational meetings, ask questions and speak to social workers. Network with adoptive families for diverse insight into the adoption process — as experienced by people who adopted through Holt and other agencies.

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Talk to your agency about which adoption program may be best for your family. Each location sets its own eligibility guidelines, referral processes and legal requirements, affecting not just the time, travel and cost of adoption, but also who can adopt. The age, gender and needs of a child waiting for a family may be different from country to country.

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Apply online! This is the first step to begin your formal adoption journey. Once your application has been received, we will give you access to our online parent handbook, which provides links to download relevant documents and paperwork, guides you through the process and provides ample information about your specific adoption program.

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Bring on the paperwork! Complete your homestudy and begin your parent education courses. Prepare your dossier and send it overseas for approval. Begin the immigration process, including the steps for visa approval. 

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Receive “the call” from Holt, letting you know that you’ve been matched with a child. Get to know him or her through photos, medical updates and more.

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Meet your child! Once all the legal steps and immigration processes are complete, you will travel to finalize the adoption process and meet your child. Travel home to bond together as a family.

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Your social worker will visit your home to complete your post-placement adoption requirements.

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Stay involved with Holt. Adoption is a lifelong journey. Holt’s post adoption services are available to your family and your child throughout your lives, even after your child becomes an adult.

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Start Your Journey in Adoption

Whether you are considering adoption or are ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.

Learn About Adoption Grants

There are many resources available to help you finance your adoption.

Adoption Info Meetings

Check out our free adoption information meetings through our branch offices.

Apply Online

If you’re ready to start your adoption process, applying online is secure and easy.

Request Free Adoption Information

We work with families in all 50 states. If you’re considering international adoption, we’re excited to get to know you!

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Holt International has adoption programs in these locations: