Korea Adoption Expands

We are excited to announce that Holt International’s Korea adoption program has expanded, and we are now able to work with families in four additional states — Pennsylvania, Illinois, New York and Ohio.

This opportunity could not have come at a more crucial time, as right now we have many referrals for children — and not enough families to adopt them.

We need families for children typically about 2 years old at the time of placement, mostly boys. Most of the children who need homes have some special needs, but many have medical conditions that are minor, correctable or self correcting — such as low birth weight, minor heart murmur or minor developmental delays often associated with being orphaned or abandoned.

Due to our high number of referrals and short wait list, families who have completed their homestudy will likely have a short wait to be matched with a child.

For nearly 60 years, the Korea program has remained one of Holt’s strongest and most reliable adoption programs. Families receive detailed medical information about their child and monthly updates from well baby checks. To ensure children receive the highest level of care, most stay with specially trained foster families while they wait to join their permanent, loving families — helping them reach critical developmental milestones, including healthy bonding.

Up until now, Holt could only place a very limited number of children in families in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and we could not facilitate any adoption placements in Pennsylvania or New York. Due to our new expanded licensing — as well as our recent merger with Sunny Ridge Family Center in Illinois — we now have the opportunity to find permanent, loving families for children in all areas of these states!

Beginning in July 2014, families adopting from Korea are required to work with homestudy agencies that are Hague accredited. Couples between the ages of 25-44 who have been married for at least three years — with up to four children in the home — are eligible to adopt through our Korea program. The Korean government may grant age waivers to parents up to age 49 at the time of home study approval if one of the following criteria is met:

  • Both applicants are Korean-American.
  • At least one applicant is a Korean adoptee.
  • The applicants have previously adopted a child from Korea.

Please see our country criteria for complete requirements.

Unfortunately, our Korea program is not able to work with families in Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Wisconsin or Washington. If you are interested in adopting from Korea and you live in one of these states, we may be able to point you to an agency that you can work with.

If you are interested in adopting a child from a different country, we can help find a Holt country program that is right for you!

We are excited to hear from you, and we are so happy we can welcome new parents into the Holt International family! For more information about our adoption program in Korea, visit our website or contact Kathie Stocker at kathies@holtinternational.org or by phone at (503) 597-2540. We also encourage you to reach out to the Holt branch office in your state.

4 Replies to “Korea Adoption Expands”

  1. I was stationed in the rural part of Korea in 1970 and ’71. In Wonju, near my post, was an orphanage operated by an American woman with the last name of “White”. I believe she had left CCF in Seoul to work in the Wonju area because the need was so much greater. She had no apparent support from any organized effort, yet was providing clean, healthy, safe shelter for many little children, delivered to her by Korean police and other civic entities. These were mostly girls as females had little value in that time and were abandoned.
    Mrs. White’s staff, all Korean, was augmented in their efforts by American GI’s, both Army and Air Force. I have often wondered about the current status of this orphanage. Many children were saved from diverse deaths by this American woman’s program.

  2. Hello Robert,

    I’m interested to know more about the support provided by GI’s to orphans, some of them have even adopted, but the literature is not abundant. If you are interested to help me, by relating your self experience, would you like to send me a message to cmo99@yahoo.com?


  3. Robert Ginn – I am interested in your recent comment about orphanage in Wonju. If it was stil in operation in 1975, I could’ve been there for a short period of days. I will have this site notify me when followup coments/new posts are here…I would like info. on this orphanage as well.

  4. Robert & Marc:

    There has to be a way we can research…yes, we are limited because we are in the States (or at least I think you are?). If each of use our connections in Korea, maybe we can get answers.
    Here is my email: robbi49hotmail.com. Maybe we all can keep in touch via email. I’ll start inquiring!!!

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