Birth Family

Birth search in China is extremely challenging for several reasons: sheer size of the country, legalities around child abandonment*, and lack of identifying information on nearly all our China Adoptee birth families. However, Holt has just begun collaborating with a Chinese national organization called Bao Bei Hui Jia in order to establish a new process to serve Chinese Adoptees who wish to pursue birth search. In order to initiate this process Adoptees will need to fill out a thorough questionnaire so that the organization may make an assessment of whether or not search is possible.

If you are interested in pursuing a birth parent search in China we need to confirm that your adoption was completed through Holt International. Once this has been verified you’ll receive an email, typically within 3-5 business days, with additional information.

Please follow the red link below to our online verification form.


We do recommend that adoptees gather a complete set of their documents from their adoptive parents and/or from Holt before beginning a search on their own. If you are unsure if you have a complete copy of your child materials, or your documents have been lost or destroyed over time, we are very happy to provide you with another copy if possible. Please see File Copies for more information.

* Because birth parents cannot legally relinquish their children in China at this time, families unable to support their children are forced to “abandon” them, usually in very public places to ensure they are found immediately. Typically, the child’s name and date of birth are assigned by Chinese authorities, and no information regarding birth parents is known.