When Tham Sao Run is home for a visit, her accounting books are so foreign to her family, they could be written in another language.

Neither of her parents have bank accounts. Sao Run isn’t sure if anyone in her village does.

Sao Run reads in the shade under her stilted house, learning about cash flows and shareholders equity. A rusting blue bicycle rests against one stilt and chickens pick through the grass and dust.

In high school, Sao Run raised chickens to pay for her school supplies, books and uniforms. She was especially proud to purchase her bike, a cherished item that meant she would no longer have to walk an hour each way to her high school classes. Read More

Fee Changes

Providing the best possible experience for families and children in our adoption programs is of the utmost importance to us. Our high quality, hands-on services and support consistently makes us the top-rated adoption organization in the country and families give us a 99 percent satisfaction rating.

We always strive to keep our costs below average. However, to continue to provide high quality services and care for the children in our adoption programs, we will be slightly adjusting our fee structure and increasing the Application Fee and the U.S. Processing Fee.

This is the first time we’ve raised the fees since 2014, and we apologize for any inconvenience this causes you or your family.

On September 1, the application fee will increase from $300 to $350. With the increase, we still remain at or below the average application fee of other adoption agencies.

Additionally, in order to spread out costs for families, we plan to split our U.S. Processing fee into two separate charges. We are increasing this fee in order to ensure we can provide quality, personalized support and services to your family prior to homestudy approval.

In the infographic above, you can see the direct comparison between the old structure and the new structure, along with a timeline of when each fee will be due.

We appreciate your understanding as we continue to always do what is best for children who need families.

For a more detailed look at Holt’s fees and additional costs related to adoption, please visit our website.

Thank you,

Lisa H. Vertulfo, LMSW
Vice President of Adoption Services

Note: These new fees are only for applications received on or after September 1.


Christopher needs a family!

Christopher’s face is hidden for privacy, but there are many awesome pictures of him available on file!

Christopher urgently needs a family before he ages out of the adoption process on his 14th birthday!

This 13-year-old boy is one of the sweetest, smartest and determined boys you will ever meet. At summer camp he was quick to make friends with the teachers and talk about things he learned in school. He is studying English and loves to interact with foreigners when he has the chance. Christopher is so full of joy and enthusiasm, it is almost hard to believe he has such a difficult background.

He was raised for several years by his grandmother and was very close to her. They lived on a mountain in a fairly remote area where she taught him to be independent and pursue his dreams.

One day, he came home from school to find that she had passed away.

Christopher needs a family!Not letting his circumstances dictate his future, Christopher stayed in the same house continuing to cook, clean and take care of himself. Eventually he was reported to the local social welfare office and they brought him to the group home where he now lives.

Christopher has tested positive for HIV, which is well controlled with medication. His group home is for children who have HIV, and he is reportedly doing really well there.

Both Christopher’s physical and cognitive development are on track, and he is well liked by those around him! He loves to play sports, paint pictures, ride his bike and be the class clown.

Christopher’s biggest hope is to one day have an adoptive family. He likes the idea of having brothers, sisters and maybe even a dog! He understands his need for a permanent family, and he realizes that he is running out of time.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Christopher? For more information, visit his photolisting profile, read about other families who have adopted children with HIV, and contact our China child match coordinator, Jessica Zeeb, at jessicaz@holtinternational.org.

DOB: 08/08/04 | China

Aubrey Needs a family!
Aubrey is not a cartoon, obviously.

In fact, this silhouette that we use to represent her is nothing close to reality. Unlike this bland and formless photo, she is bright eyed with a grin from cheek to cheek, and if you could see her, you would be able to tell that she is so full of joy! Instead of pigtails, she wears her hair in a short pixie cut, and loves brightly colored dresses. We wish you could see Aubrey and understand what we are talking about, but the adoption authority in her country doesn’t allow us to share her photo on social media. However, if you request information, you can see the photos we have on file for Aubrey and get a glimpse of her personality! Read More


Tamar Reisner-Stehman is one of three 2017 Holt Adoptee Scholarship winners! Watch below as Tamar performs the dance she choreographed about her adoption and the unanswered questions she has about her birth mother.

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