Many children in Taiwan are now waiting for a permanent, loving family.
Holt’s Taiwan program is one of three adoption programs in the China region. In Taiwan, children waiting for permanent, loving families are younger with 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. Families open to a child on Holt’s waiting child photolisting or a child over the age of 5 may have more flexible eligibility criteria and a shorter wait time for a referral. Throughout your adoption from Taiwan, our team will work closely with you to ensure you feel informed and prepared every step of the way.
At present, we are not accepting applications for the standard Taiwan program. Families open to a child on Holt’s waiting child photolisting — a child 5 or older with special needs — may still apply.
Mainland China Adoption Program
Due to COVID-19, adoption processing from mainland China is temporarily paused.
Single parents are not eligible to adopt sibling groups.
No more than two children may already live in the home, and no more than one if the child you wish to adopt is 4 years old or younger.
No more than one divorce.
Other eligibility requirements are the same as for two-parent households.
At least one parent is required to travel to Taiwan, although travel by both parents is strongly encouraged.
The average trip length is 4-7 days, but the minimum number of days in Taiwan is determined by the Taiwan agency you are working with for your match.
A second trip may be required in some cases and both parents will be required to travel.
Solo spouse travelers and single applicant travelers are required to have a traveling companion.
Currently, a three-week quarantine is required for all families traveling to Taiwan.
How Long It Takes
Families open to a child over the age of 5 may have a shorter wait time for a referral.
For a waiting child who is older or has more involved special needs, the process takes about 18-24 months from application to placement (unless you already have an approved Taiwan homestudy).
For younger children with manageable/correctable conditions, most families are currently completing the process in about 2-4 years (2+ years for a boy, 4+ years for a girl).
Families need to be as flexible as possible in terms of age, gender and special needs to receive a referral in a reasonable period of time.
Waiting Child Program
Parental eligibility is flexible for children on Holt’s waiting child photolisting and families are considered on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for more information.
Families may request files for waiting children, but they may not be matched until they have an approved homestudy.
Minimum of a high school diploma or GED is required for both parents.
Applicants cannot be currently receiving counseling or taking medication for anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns. If treatment was in the past, please contact the Taiwan team before applying.
Both applicants need to be without health concerns and have a maximum BMI of 35. If BMI is between 36 and 40, please contact the Taiwan team before applying.
Applicants must have no criminal history.
Applicants must be open to possible birth parent contact.
Applicants must earn a minimum annual income of approximately $50,000.
Applicants must have a minimum net worth of $100,000, at least $10,000 of which must be in checking and savings accounts.
When adopting a child on Holt’s waiting child photolisting, eligibility criteria may be more flexible and is considered on a case-by-case basis by Holt’s partner agencies in Taiwan.
Applicants must select a guardian family (to care for the child(ren) if something happens to them) that is a married heterosexual couple, who have been married for at least 3 years, and both be under 50 years of age.
We are currently not accepting applications for the standard program.
Families who are open to waiting children (a child age 5 or older with special needs) may still apply.
Fees for Taiwan Adoption
We are open and transparent about our fees and want you to be aware of all potential costs involved in an adoption, including third-party costs and travel.
Holt is a Christian, private, nonprofit, licensed and accredited child welfare and family service organization. Our adoption work is entirely financed through adoption fees and donations. It is not government subsidized. We believe that children are the highest priority, and we want as many children as possible to have families. To that end, we strive to keep our fees within a reasonable range. All fees are subject to change and are charged at the rate that is current at time of billing. Holt may increase fees if adoption expenses in the foreign country increase substantially after time of application. Families will be notified in writing of any fee increase. Holt International accepts the following for adoption fees: check, cashier’s check or money order. If you would like to pay by credit card, there will be a 3% convenience fee added to your total. Fees due upon invoice.
Due when you accept the assignment of a child. In the case of siblings, Agency Fee 3 is increased by $3,815 per child and Foreign Country Fee Pass-Through is increased by $4,447.
Agency Fee 3
Program Fee 2 includes: • Foreign Country Program Expenses $7,600 • Post Placement Processing Fee $1,275
Foreign Country Program Expenses, Translation and Documentation Expenses
Foreign Country Fee Pass-Through: • Cathwel $10,200 • Child Welfare League $8,000 • Garden of Hope $5,000-$10,000 • Good Shepherd $4,000 – $11,000
Foreign Country Program Expense, Translation and Documentation Expenses, Child Caring
$4,000 – $11,000
Post Adoption Reporting Fees (if Holt provides)
Post Placement/Adoption Reports
Travel for Home Visits (if Holt provides)
Additional Fees to Anticipate
$860 – $1,330
Adoption Education Classes
$150 – $500
$250 – $2,500
$100 – $1,000
Pre-Adoption Medical Review of Child Material
$250 – $1,000
Care of Child (paid in-country when applicable)
Taiwan Partner Agency
Care of Child
$0 – $250
Airfare, Lodging, Meals & Transportation
$7,000 – $12,000
Summary of Estimated Fees
$1,500 – $5,000
Foreign Country Program Expenses
Care of the Child
$0 – $250
Translation and Documents Expenses
$4,000 – $11,000
Post Adoption Reporting Fees
$1,500 – $2,000
Third Party Fees
$1,160 – $6,330
Travel Costs and Accommodations
$7,000 – $12,000
$39,025 – $60,395
Agency Fees are non-refundable.
Program Fees are non-refundable
Foreign Country Fees Pass Through – 100% refundable until tendered to Taiwan Partner Agency
Post Placement Reporting and Processing Fees are refundable if not required
Any fee refund will be processed within 60 days.
Financial Assistance for Adoption
Holt believes finances should not stop a child from having a loving family. Although many resources exist to help adoptive families offset the cost of adoption, it’s not always clear where to start looking or what opportunities are best suited for your family. To help you consider all your options, Holt provides an outline of financial assistance, as well as a list of resources categorized by type.
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!
Are there any special considerations for birth parents in Taiwan?
Applicants must be open to possible birth parent contact. If birth families hold guardianship of the child, they must agree to the adoption.
Can families request a gender?
Yes, families may indicate a gender preference. Families who are only open to a boy or a girl may wait longer. More boys than girls are waiting for families through international adoption. Sibling groups are also waiting for families.
Are there income requirements to adopt from Taiwan?
Applicants must earn a minimum annual income of approximately $50,000. Applicants must have a minimum net worth of $100,000, at least $10,000 of which must be in checking and savings accounts.
What does “special needs” mean?
This is an often misunderstood term in adoption because it doesn’t necessarily indicate that a child has physical or developmental disabilities. Many children with special needs are either older than 6, part of a sibling group or have minor or moderate physical, developmental or emotional health needs. Most children who need families through international adoption also come from complicated or difficult birth family circumstances.
How long does it take to adopt from Taiwan?
Families open to a child over the age of 5 may have a shorter wait time for a referral. There are many variables that influence how long the process takes. For a waiting child who is older or has more involved special needs, the process takes about 18-24 months from application to placement. Families wait longer if their criteria for a match — in terms of age or special needs — is more restrictive.
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Around the world, so many children are growing up without families to love them and nurture their growth. And so many families are waiting with love to give. It is our mission to bring you together as you consider growing your family and providing a loving home to a child in need.
We look forward to assisting you in your adoption journey.
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