Adopt from the Philippines

Since 1976, Holt has helped unite more than 1,000 children from the Philippines with permanent, loving families in the U.S.

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Many children in the Philippines are waiting for a permanent, loving family.

Children eligible for adoption from the Philippines are typically 9 years or older at the time they join their families and have minor special needs. Holt has a highly respected adoption program in the Philippines with a stable process and our longstanding partner in the region, the Kaisahang Buhay Foundation (KBF), has years of experience uniting children with families via international adoption. Holt’s U.S. staff will also work closely with you throughout the adoption process to ensure you feel informed and prepared every step of the way. The Philippines program is only open to Catholic and Christian families.

Did you know Holt does relative adoptions from the Philippines? Learn more

Children in the Philippines Who Need Families

  • Children most in need of adoption are older children (9-13+) who may or may not have special needs other than age and children of all ages with moderate to major developmental, physical or medical special needs. Learn more about Disabilities & Medical Conditions in Special Needs Adoption. (The Philippines is not currently accepting new applications for families only open to children under the age of 6 years old.)
  • Older sibling groups are waiting for families.
  • Families cannot specify a gender preference.
  • Reports on children who need families are very detailed, containing family background, behavioral and developmental information.
  • Most children live in government or privately run care centers, while some children live in licensed foster homes.
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Meet the children waiting for a family

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Philippines Special Needs Adoption

There is a select group of children who are part of our Special Needs Project in the Philippines — children who are older, have medical or developmental needs and/or are part of a sibling group. Each of these children has had an in-person, one-on-one assessment with a Holt social worker, and we have extensive information about them! Family eligibility for this program can be more flexible than our standard program. Email us at [email protected] to learn more about these children.   

Eligibility Requirements & Fees

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Need help funding your adoption?

Families adopting through Holt receive free, professional guidance and support from a one-on-one finance coach throughout their adoption process. Even if you’re just considering adoption, email us to set up your first consultation today!

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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.

Request Free Adoption Information

Click below to complete our inquiry form or email us at [email protected] to connect with one of our adoption specialists.

Adoption Info Meetings

Check out our free, virtual adoption information meetings open to families in all 50 states!

Apply Online

Ready to start your adoption journey? Click below to apply, or email [email protected] if you have questions!

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Inquire About Philippines Adoption

Holt is ready to answer your questions! It only takes a few minutes to submit your inquiry. Our adoption specialists will be in touch with you within one business day.

Holt International is a Hague-accredited agency with adoption programs in these locations: