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International Relative Adoption

Adopt a family member living in Haiti, Thailand, the Philippines or Vietnam! 

At Holt, we understand the importance of kinship ties and believe that every child should have the opportunity to grow up in the family and culture of their birth. When children come into our partners’ care overseas, we first strive to reunite them with their birth family — whether their parents, grandparents or other relatives — before pursuing in-country or international adoption. For individuals who live in the U.S. and hope to adopt a child in their extended family overseas, we also offer international relative adoption!

Learn about our international relative adoption services by country below, or contact us at [email protected] or at 1-888-355-4658 to speak to a Holt adoption specialist! 

Learn About Relative Adoption by Country

Haiti Relative Adoption

Holt has helped unite children in Haiti with their relatives in the U.S. since 2014. The process takes on average 3-4 years and adoptive parent eligibility may be flexible. See the information below to learn about the process, eligibility guidelines and more! 

Thailand Relative Adoption

Holt has helped children in Thailand join their relatives in the U.S. since 2017. The process takes on average 2.5-3 years and adoptive parent eligibility is very flexible. When the relationship between the adoptive parent and child is close — such as a direct aunt/uncle or grandparent — the process can be finalized sooner. View the details below to learn about the process, eligibility guidelines and more! 

Philippines Relative Adoption

For over 20 years, Holt has helped unite children in the Philippines with their relatives in the U.S.  As the relative adoption process in the Philippines takes 2-3 years on average — and children ages 14+ aren’t eligible — the program is best for families hoping to adopt children younger than 12 (and no older than 13) at the time of application. Learn about the process, eligibility guidelines and more below! 

Vietnam Relative Adoption

Holt began working with families to adopt relative children from Vietnam in 2023. While this is our newest relative adoption program, we have a well-established adoption program in Vietnam. The adoption process typically takes 2-3 years, and adoptive parent eligibility is very flexible. Contact us for more information on adopting a relative child from Vietnam!

Read One Holt Family’s Relative Adoption Story

Start Your Journey in Adoption

Whether you are considering adoption or are ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.

Request Free Adoption Information

Click below to complete our inquiry form or email us at [email protected] to connect with one of our adoption specialists.

Adoption Info Meetings

Check out our free, virtual adoption information meetings open to families in all 50 states!

Apply Online

Ready to start your adoption journey? The first step is to create a Holt portal account, then submit an application. Click below to log in or create a new portal account. If you’re already in touch with Holt or have worked with Holt previously and do not have a portal login, email [email protected] to access your account!

Hear What Families Have to Say About Adopting Through Holt

Holt International is a Hague-accredited agency with adoption programs in these locations: