More Adoption Options Open to Singles

p199i49latuhc1fnq1l6a1mu8gbt3Did you know that Holt has three adoption programs open to single female applicants? More and more mothers are beginning their adoption journey solo — and more and more children are thriving in the loving care of their adoptive moms! As a greater number of boys need families, many single moms are also opening their heart to a son.

Since 2011, when China re-opened adoptions to single applicants, we have seen a steady increase in the number of women adopting a child on their own.

Then last year, options for single applicants expanded once again when Vietnam re-opened international adoption to the U.S. and selected Holt as one of two placing agencies. Now, single female applicants open to a child with more involved special needs can adopt from Vietnam!

Although not every single mother is equipped to care for a child with involved needs, many would make excellent parents to a child with more minor needs… Recently, China expanded options for single applicants yet again by lifting the special focus requirement. This means that Holt’s China program now matches single mothers with children who are younger or have more minor or moderate special medical needs.

The process to adopt as a single applicant is very similar to the process for two-parent households, with some variations in income requirements and the number of children who can be in the home.

Single applicants to the China program can have no more than two children under age 18 already at home, and the youngest child must be older than 5 at the time of application. For detailed income requirements, please see our online eligibility guidelines. There is some flexibility on income requirements, depending on the region where the applicant lives.

The only other requirement for single applicants to Holt’s China program is that they must work outside the home — so having a strong social network of support is critical.

Just like two-parent applicants, the minimum age to apply to Holt’s China program is 30, and there can be no more than 45 years between the age of the parent and child to be adopted. The process takes an average of 12-24 months from application to placement, and the parent will travel to China once. The profiles of children waiting for families in China is also the same — boys and girls with minor to moderate special needs, 18 months to 13 years old at the time of placement.

For Holt’s Vietnam adoption program, requirements for single applicants are almost exactly the same as for two-parent applicants. Parents must be between 25-54 at the time of application, though parents 55 and over are accepted on a case-by-case basis. There can be four children in the home, and parents should anticipate traveling once for a three-week stay. On average, we anticipate that this pilot program will take 24-36 months from application to placement. Children who need families are older or have more involved special needs.

Holt’s Philippines program also accepts single applicants on a case-by-case basis for older children or children with moderate to major special needs or for a relative adoption. The minimum parent age is 27, and there can be no more than 45 years between the age of the parent and child to be adopted. There can be up to 3 children in the home, and parents should anticipate traveling once for a minimum of 5 business days. Please contact the Philippines program before applying.

If you are a single applicant and you have concerns about eligibility for the China, Vietnam or Philippines program, please reach out to us to discuss those concerns.

For China, please contact China Program Social Work Manager Marissa Leuallen at or 541-687-2202 ext. 198. You can also contact Kris Bales, China Adoption Counselor and Intake Manager, at or 541-840-3485.

To learn more about our Vietnam or Philippines program, please contact S.E. Asia Adoption Services Director Jessica Palmer at or 541-687-2202 ext. 187.

Unfortunately, due to government regulations in the countries where we work, we do not have any programs available for single male applicants at this time.

If you are interested in learning more about Holt’s adoption programs, consider attending one of our free webinars. We have three webinars in April open to two-parent or single prospective parents. Our April 16 webinar focuses on Holt’s China program specifically, while the webinar on April 22 serves as a basic introduction to Holt overall. The webinar on April 30 discusses Korea adoptions, which is not open to single applicants.

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