We pioneered international adoption 60 years ago and we remain the leaders today, uniting families with children who truly need them. We stand by adoptees and their families for their entire lives — providing world-class care to children waiting to come home, as well as resources, education tools, and support to families and adult adoptees. You can rest assured that we are doing adoption the right way.
Since 1956, Holt International has united thousands of children from South Korea with loving adoptive families in the U.S. Our legacy began in the wake of the Korean War when our founders, Harry and Bertha Holt, urged Congress to pass a special act allowing them to adopt eight Korean children. The Holts established the first international adoption program in Korea. And today, Holt continues to seek loving adoptive families for children in Korea who truly need them.
Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children waiting for a family in Korea.
Whether you are still gathering information or you feel ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.
We know there have been a lot of changes in adoption recently. Country programs are changing their eligibility requirements, the profile of children coming home is changing and it is easy to feel overwhelmed ...