For some adoptees, a search for birth family isn’t possible or has been unsuccessful (see Birth Family Search). Holt recognizes that a connection with their past can be very important for some adoptees, and to help provide this for you, we may be able to locate your foster parents. Foster family searches can be somewhat limited depending on the time you were in care, availability of records, and recent contact with our partner agencies.
This is the typical process for a foster parent search. Not every case is the same, and a search is not always possible.
What you do:
- Complete the Request for Services online form and submit it.
- Receive an email in 2-5 business days that confirms Holt facilitated your adoption, with a link to the Request for Services form(s).
- If your adoption was not facilitated by Holt, you’ll receive an email explaining this.
- To determine if contact with your foster family is possible:
- Print, complete, sign and return the Request for Post Adoption Services form by mail only.
- Print, complete, sign and return the Special Release form by mail only (form must be notarized). Include a photocopy of either your U.S. Passport or Certificate of Naturalization/ Citizenship. Color copies are preferred, if you are able to do so.
- Provide a letter to your foster family and a current photo of yourself. These will be sent to Vietnam by electronic mail only.
- There is no fee for this service, and may be combined with requests for U.S. child material and/or birth family search (fees do apply to file copies).
What Holt will do:
- Confirm that Holt facilitated your adoption.
- Email you the link noted above to access (if Holt facilitated your adoption).
- Wait for your request forms to arrive by standard mail.
- Retrieve your file from our off-site file storage, usually within 2-3 weeks of receiving your completed request forms.
- Submit your request to contact your foster family to Holt Vietnam. While we work cooperatively with our overseas partners, we cannot guarantee a specific response time frame. We appreciate your understanding. This process can last a few weeks to several months, depending on the time of year, volume of requests, and complexity of cases.
- If contact with your foster family is possible, we will inform you and forward your letter and photos.
What Holt Vietnam will do:
- Upon receipt of the letter, photo(s) and request, Holt Vietnam will attempt to contact the foster parents through their last known address, asking them to contact Holt Vietnam. Depending on the era in which you were in foster care, this may or may not be possible, and we may not be able to determine this until the search is actually set in motion.
- Holt Vietnam will notify Holt should the foster family be found, or when the case is closed because they have received no response. Holt will then notify you of the outcome.
- When foster parents are located, they will be provided with your letter and photo(s) if the parents are open to this. There is no guarantee of a response from the family.
To begin the process of determining if contact with your foster family is possible, we must first confirm that your adoption was indeed facilitated by Holt International. Once this has been verified, you’ll receive an email and further instructions enabling you to request an assessment/search.
Foster Family History:
Many adoptees were either never in an orphanage, or were transferred from an orphanage or hospital into foster care. Vietnam has had foster parents for several decades. These are highly dedicated and caring foster mothers and families who often cared for Holt children right up to the date they joined their new families, and may have cared for many children. Because these mothers visited the Holt offices regularly, and often only cared for the children for a few months, Holt Vietnam did not maintain any comprehensive lists of foster parents prior to the war in the 1970’s. Any records that did exist were sent to Holt’s home office in Oregon when the program closed. Not all records made it, but most did. Unfortunately, there is little that can be done to locate foster parents prior to the war and closing of the program in 1975. If you were adopted after the program reopened in 1989, there may be a better chance of identifying your foster parents.