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Adopt from South Africa

Launched in 2021, the South Africa program is Holt’s newest international adoption program.

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Many children in South Africa are now waiting for a permanent, loving family.

In South Africa, children waiting for families are typically between 2-8 years old at the time they join their adoptive families and have minor to major developmental, physical or emotional special needs. Holt is one of three U.S. adoption agencies approved to unite children from South Africa with eligible families in the U.S. Alongside our partner Wandisa — a well-respected and child-centered organization local to South Africa — we will work to ensure you feel informed and prepared every step of the way.

Children in South Africa Who Need Families

  • Children have minor to major developmental, physical or emotional special needs.
  • Most children are between the ages of 2-8 years old at the time of placement.
  • Older children (5+) who may or may not have special needs other than age are also waiting to be matched with families. 
  • Children may have been born prematurely, have a history of abuse or neglect, or be malnourished. 
  • The most common needs among children in South Africa include HIV, fetal alcohol exposure and needs related to the trauma and loss they’ve experienced. Children with more involved special needs are also waiting for families through Holt’s waiting child photolisting.
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Meet the children waiting for a family

To preserve children’s confidentiality, you will be asked to log in or sign up before you access the waiting child photolisting.

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.

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 South Africa Adoption

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Holt International has adoption programs in these locations: