Korea Adoption

We pioneered international adoption 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 waiting to come home, 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 applications. Only families who have worked with Holt to adopt from Korea previously AND have at least one parent who is full Korean will be accepted into the standard program. Any family who meets the requirements for Korea can still be considered for a waiting child.

Why Choose Holt?

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.


Children Need Families!

Many children in Korea are waiting, right now, to be matched with adoptive families. For many children, international adoption is the only possible route to a permanent family.

Why adopt from Korea through Holt 


Quality Care

While they wait to join an adoptive family, almost all children stay in the loving care of a foster family – helping them reach developmental milestones and form healthy emotional bonds.

Children From Korea Need Families 


Strong, stable, reliable

With a unique expertise cultivated over 60 years of experience in Korea, our staff is well equipped to guide your family through the process, anticipate needs and overcome obstacles, and predict the timeframes from application to home.

Korea adoption is strong and stable 



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

Choose Korea Adoption

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 Korea

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