India Adoption

In 1979, Holt began serving children and families in India through partnerships with local leaders and child care organizations — promoting family preservation, foster and child care, educational sponsorship, and domestic and international adoption.

Why Choose Holt?

While India has experienced significant social and economic growth, thousands of children are still growing up without a family, and many are unlikely to join an adoptive family in India. Their greatest chance at a stable, loving family is through international adoption. Since we began adoption programs in India, we've found families for more than 1,480 children through international adoption.


Keeping Families Together

In India, Holt's family strengthening programs help families grow strong and stay together — preventing child abandonment and reducing vulnerability to human trafficking. For children living in the care of our partners, we help provide holistic, individualized care — including nutrition, education and medical support.

Family Strengthening in India 


Staff Expertise

Our India program staff has more than 55 years of combined experience in the region, and they regularly meet with U.S. and Indian government officials to advocate for adoption. Through long-established local partnerships, we provide care for children that is uniquely sensitive to the culture to which they were born. And we know when and how to appropriately advocate for children and families.

Orphan care in India 


Personalized Support

We understand that no two children or families are alike. We strive to know your family, your hopes and your fears. We want you to feel informed and prepared to adopt every step of the way and will go above and beyond to provide the educational tools, resources and expertise you need throughout your adoption.

India Adoption Leaders 



Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children waiting for a family in India.

India Adoption Questions

Start Your Adoption Journey

Whether you are still gathering information or you feel ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.

Stories About Adoptive Families and Holt's Work in India



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