Birth Family Search

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 and their families who wish to pursue birth search. In order to initiate this process adoptive parents 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 on behalf of your minor child, 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.

Before you decide to pursue the search, here are some things you need to think about.

  • Is this truly in the best interests of my child?
  • Is my child mature enough to understand that birth parents may not be found, or may not want to have contact?
  • Is this important to my child or me?
  • Do I, and my child, understand that this could cause legal/financial penalties for the birth family?
  • How can I support my child during and after the search?
  • Will a reunion with birth parents change my relationship with my child?

If you would like to discuss your child’s background and the possibility of a search with a Holt staff person we must first confirm that your adoption was indeed facilitated by Holt International. Once this has been verified you’ll receive an email with additional 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.