We pioneered international adoption more than 60 years ago and we remain the leaders today, uniting families with children who truly need them. We stand by adoptees and their families for their entire lives — providing world-class care to children as they wait, as well as resources, education tools, and support to families and adult adoptees. You can rest assured that we are doing adoption the right way.
We are currently restricting intake to applications from families interested in waiting children only.
Since 1956, Holt International has united thousands of children from South Korea with loving adoptive families in the U.S. Our legacy began in the wake of the Korean War when our founders, Harry and Bertha Holt, urged Congress to pass a special act allowing them to adopt eight Korean children. The Holts established the first international adoption program in Korea. And today, Holt continues to seek loving adoptive families for children in Korea who truly need them.
Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children waiting for a family in Korea.
The children in Korea waiting for international adoptive families have some sort of medical or developmental special need. This is because the children with no known needs or very minor needs are adopted domestically within Korea. Children adopted internationally are mostly boys and can be as young as 6-12 months old at time of match and 18-30 months old at time of placement. Some older (usually toddler-age) children are also available and typically appear on our waiting child photolisting.
The most common needs we see include moderate levels of prenatal exposure to alcohol/tobacco and developmental delays.
Other common needs include: prematurity/low birth weight with accompanying developmental delays or medical issues; potentially hereditary family medical history; heart murmur/heart conditions; skin conditions (Mongolian spots, nevus, hemangioma, birthmarks); plagiocephaly (flat spot on head/assymetry); cryptorchidism (undescended testis).
Children with more involved special are also waiting. Examples of these needs include: major prenatal alcohol exposure; birth parent history of intellectual disability or mental illness; macrocephaly/microcephaly; hearing or vision impairment; intellectual disability; cerebral palsy; hypothyroidism; neurological conditions; seizures; neurofibromatosis; congenital syphilis; eye conditions (ptosis, strabismus); septo-optic dysplasia.
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.
We know there have been a lot of changes in adoption recently. Country programs are changing their eligibility requirements, the profile of children coming home is changing and it is easy to feel overwhelmed ...