Travel to India

Are you considering — or already planning — a trip to India? For adoptive families and adoptees who wish to travel apart from an organized heritage tour, we would be happy to discuss your plans and expectations with you.  Due to limited resources and staffing, our services are generally restricted to file copies, counseling, and facilitating contact with our overseas partner agency. Please select one of the buttons below and someone will be in touch with you shortly.


Adult Adoptees Only:

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If Holt International facilitated your adoption and you would like a copy of your file, please notify us immediately as these services must be started well in advance of your visit to India.

If your adoption was not facilitated by Holt International, we suggest you start by contacting your U.S. agency for services, especially those related to background information.


Things to Consider When Traveling…


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Should you have the opportunity to visit Holt’s partner agency offices, your orphanage or other care facilities, you will need to understand the Indian culture. Occasionally the staff at these locations may appear to be cool, overly factual or unsympathetic. This is simply a cultural difference, a perception based on American cultural norms. In general, you will find the Indian people to be a warm, generous and understanding people. In a business setting, such as a visit to an office or tour of a facility, they may not show the warmth or concern you might expect. Again, this is simply a cultural difference.

Getting Around

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If you are planning to visit a specific location without the aid of your travel agent or an Indian guide, ask the front desk of your hotel to write the destination, address and phone number on a small card to provide to your taxi driver, or whomever you are asking directions.


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Culture Smart! by Kuperard Press – This wonderful series has books for many countries that are easily portable, informative and reasonably priced. Available in Kindle and paperback.

Is Your Family Ready for a Homeland Journey? by Colleen Calvani

Where They Once Called Home : Insights into Homeland ToursIf you’re considering, or planning, a trip to your child’s birth country, many factors other than just travel influence how the trip goes. Hear directly from adopted persons and parents who have experienced homeland tours. They will share their personal experiences and feelings from preparation to the lasting impact of their travels.

Planning a Homeland Visit: A Professional’s Perspective, Judy Stigger, LCSW

Discovery Channel’s Insight Guides – Another great series of books for multiple countries and regions around the world. from Innovative Language Learning Solutions – Learn essential travel phrases, cultural insights and travel tips for 20 different languages.

Tips for Traveling Abroad – The U.S. Department of State’s website offers tips, programs and lists for anyone considering travel outside of the U.S.


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It is appropriate to take small gifts when meeting foster parents or other caregivers, staying with friends, or visiting someone who has made special time just for you. Consider packing items made in your hometown, such as note cards by a local artist, candles, lotions or something that represents your family or town.

After Returning Home

Let us know about your experience, including what went well and what didn’t. Did your trip meet your expectations? Did it raise questions you hadn’t considered before? Follow-up can be an important part of the experience, and will help you sort out everything you saw and heard, especially if you met with your foster family, or visited your orphanage. Holt’s post adoption team is here to help you process your feelings, and to find answers to questions whenever possible. Please feel free to contact us any time before, during or after you trip.