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Holt to Reopen International Adoption Program in Mongolia

Beginning in early 2024, families will once again have the opportunity to adopt children from Mongolia.

After nine years, Holt is excited to announce the reopening of its international adoption program in Mongolia. Beginning in early 2024, married couples and single women between the ages of 25 and 50 may apply to adopt children ages 4-14.

Today, nearly one third of Mongolians live in poverty, and most children waiting for families enter care due to abandonment, neglect or the death of their parents. Children often have a challenging history and may have a wide range of needs, including prenatal alcohol and/or tobacco exposure and developmental delays. Children who are part of sibling groups, who are older in age or who have more involved medical or developmental needs are featured on our waiting child photolisting. “The waiting child photolisting is one of our most successful paths in matching families with children,” says Luisa Barnes, MSW, Holt’s director of adoptions for Korea, the Philippines and Mongolia. “We are so excited to expand the photolisting to feature children from Mongolia.”

“We strongly believe that the best place for a child to grow up is with a family, and we will make every effort to ensure that children in Mongolia and around the world have that opportunity.”

Thoa Bui, LMSW, Holt vice president of programs and services
Holt VP Thoa Bui with children in Mongolia
Holt VP Thoa Bui (center) visits sponsored children in Mongolia. Holt has been committed to the care of orphaned and vulnerable children in Mongolia since 1999 through its sponsorship and family strengthening programs. In early 2024, Holt will reopen its international adoption program to find families for waiting children.

Holt has been caring for orphaned and vulnerable children in Mongolia since 1999 through its various sponsorship and family strengthening programs. As everywhere, Holt stands committed to ensuring that every child in Mongolia has the opportunity to remain in the care of their birth family whenever possible, or to join a family domestically in Mongolia before considering international adoption to a family in the U.S.

While children with few or no identified needs are adopted domestically in Mongolia, Holt seeks families to parent children with more involved needs. “We really appreciate the opportunity to return to Mongolia to find families for waiting children through international adoption,” says Thoa Bui, LMSW, Holt’s vice president of programs and services. “Holt has a long history of working with vulnerable children and families in Mongolia — from supporting birth families and caring for their children, to reuniting children with their birth families, to finding permanent families for children through domestic and international adoption. At Holt, we strongly believe that the best place for a child to grow up is with a family, and we will make every effort to ensure that children in Mongolia and around the world have that opportunity.”

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