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Adopt from Korea

Since 1956, Holt has helped to unite more than 36,000 children from South Korea with permanent, loving families in the U.S.

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Holt established the first international adoption program in South Korea.

In Korea, children waiting for permanent, loving families are typically 2-3 years old at the time they join their adoptive families and have moderate medical or developmental special needs. Most are in nurturing foster families and receive exceptional in-country care while they wait to join their families. With a unique expertise cultivated over more than 65 years in Korea, our Korea team is well equipped to guide your family through the adoption process. We will work closely with you to anticipate needs, overcome obstacles and support you throughout your journey to welcome a child into your family.

We are currently only accepting applications for our waiting child program. We are not accepting applications for the standard program at this time.

Children in Korea Who Need Families

  • Children are on average 2-3 years old at the time they join their adoptive families.
  • More boys than girls from Korea need families through international adoption, and families cannot specify a gender preference.
  • Families must be open to a child with special needs, including prenatal alcohol/tobacco exposure and developmental delays. Contact us at [email protected] for more information on common special needs.
  • All children stay in nurturing foster families while they wait, and a significant amount of information is typically available about the child, including any known/reported history from the child’s birth family.
  • Older children and those with more involved special needs are featured on our waiting child photolisting.
  • As children without identified special needs are adopted in Korea, children who fit this profile are no longer in need of international adoption to have a family.
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Meet the children waiting for a family

Please subscribe to our Korea waiting child newsletter to see and read about waiting children from Korea.

Eligibility Requirements & Fees

Stories About Adoption from Korea

Korea Adoption FAQs

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.

Inquire About Korea Adoption

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Holt International has adoption programs in these locations: