If you were adopted through Holt International Children’s Services in the United States, Holt can provide copies of your child materials and other adoption-related documents. Adult adoptees may request copies of their child materials from their U.S. file, which are generally the same documents that were provided to your adoptive parents before you came home.
Occasionally, adoptive parents may receive additional information or documents during the adoption process that were not provided to Holt, especially if the family traveled to India. This can include anecdotal stories or photos from the foster family, case worker or orphanage. As these are sometimes provided directly to the parents, we’re unable to replace lost items or contact these individuals directly.
Please remember that in general the agencies in India will not search for an unwed mother. If you would like to discuss your background further, do contact a Holt staff member.
This is the typical process for requesting file copies. Not every case is the same, and requesting file copies is completely optional:
What you do:
NOTE: All forms must be mailed; no faxed or scanned copies of the forms will be accepted. Mailing instructions are included on the Post Adoption Services Request form.
What Holt will do:
Due to the very high volume of services we provide to adoptees, adoptive families, and birth families, response times can vary and may be longer than expected. Files are not stored on-site and do take time to retrieve and review. With limited staffing we are unable to update you when the request is received, or when the file arrives at our office.
Generally, your U.S. file will contain photocopies of your Indian legal documents, child progress reports from when you were in care in India, and the photo that was taken when you were admitted to the Holt program. All of these documents are referred to as your “child material.” Not all files are the same: some have more information, and some have less; every file is as unique as adoptees themselves. Holt’s files do not contain original adoption documents, copies of original passports, or other immigration related documents.
Why is there a fee?:
We request a $25 copy fee for each file to assist in defraying the costs of providing all post-adoption services to our adoptees, families, and birth families. If this fee poses a financial hardship, please notify the Post Adoption Services department. While we appreciate your support for our services, we don’t want the fees to be an obstacle, and will be happy to reduce or waive fees when needed.
Why does the form have to be notarized?:
Read More To request a copy of your file, we must first confirm that Holt International facilitated your adoption. Once this has been verified, you’ll receive an email and further instructions enabling you to request your file copies. File copies are scanned in color (in most cases) and forwarded via email unless instructed otherwise.
To request a copy of your file, we must first confirm that Holt International facilitated your adoption. Once this has been verified, you’ll receive an email and further instructions enabling you to request your file copies. File copies are scanned in color (in most cases) and forwarded via email unless instructed otherwise.