Supporting adoptee identity means much more than simply providing opportunities to learn about birth country culture. Holt was the first agency to pioneer the concept of heritage tours for international adoptees in the 1970s. With adult adoptees in leadership positions and on our staff and board, and with years of experience working with children in orphanages all over China, Holt is uniquely qualified to offer a special homeland experience for you and your family.
2019 DATES AND ITINERARIES
The 2019 Family Tour will be June 23 to July 7 (departure from the U.S. on June 22).
OPTIONAL ADD-ON TOUR:
Tour and volunteer at the Dujiangyan Panda Reserve in Chengdu with an opportunity to pet a live baby panda (an additional fee will apply)
Note: A trip to visit a second orphanage after the main tour may be added in addition to either add-on option above.
Tours will be open to families of children adopted from any province and through any agency; families will separate mid-tour to visit orphanages, and reconnect with the main group in Guangzhou.
*We strongly recommend that all children participating are at least 9 years old at the time of travel. Our tours are developed with an older Adoptee in mind and include presentations and discussions about abandonment and adoption in China, birth families, finding sites, foster families, and other such heavy topics. Historically adoptees on the tour have ranged in age from 9-25 years old. Families are separated into traveling groups based on adoptee's age.
Cost for a 2019 Family Tour to China: Your exact tour cost will vary, depending upon your child's home province and other personal choices. However, as an example, in 2018 the average family's fee for a tour was in the range of $3600 per adult or child aged twelve and older, and about $3200 per child under twelve. This cost did not include international airfare between the U.S. and China, any additional travel arrangements before or after the main tour, or additional travel and lodging expenses outside capital cities of Adoptees' home provinces. Please see FAQs for more information.
“I loved all of it. The sightseeing was amazing and the whole experience was great. I am so happy that I got to bond with the Holt Guides and the BLAS guides. I loved my province the most. It was amazing to get to see that. It was very special and I have a stronger connection to China than I had before.”
“I believe I have gained a better understanding of my past and that I am more connected to China because I can be proud of where I came from and all of the accomplishments that were achieved there.”
"I know that people in China care about me. Since this trip I think of China as a beautiful and interesting place. It makes me feel special being American and Chinese."
"I feel more at peace with myself… Holt was really good to us and we were treated with only the best. I not only made lifelong friends who truly understand what I've been through as an adoptee, but I made lifelong memories too."
"The planning of this trip was nothing less than tremendous! With 70 individuals and specific itineraries for each family, the successful logistics alone made this excursion awesome! I am so grateful to have been able to visit the many memorable sites afforded to me this time in China. While our first trip was filled with paperwork, anxious anticipation, and sublime joy, it was wonderful to experience the awe-inspiring history and famous landmarks of China with my daughter on this trip. It is hard to imagine anything more breath-taking, inspirational, and magnificent than the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Terra Cotta Warriors, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, or a cruise on the Li River, but allow me to top all of these. Standing in the 'Matching Room' and actually meeting people whose job it is to 'create' families, absolutely took my breath away."
“I would recommend this tour for any child who has questions about her/his beginnings and wants to reconnect with his/her birth country. I would also highly recommend Holt. I cannot imagine a better tour in terms of where we went, what we saw, and what we did. The meaning of this trip will continue to unfold for all of us, but at the very least, I know our daughters have reconnected to their birth country. They tasted, touched, smelled and felt China. And they now know people in China that they know love and care about them.”
"Meeting with orphanage workers, (our daughter's) foster family and being welcomed as valued and important individuals by persons involved in their early life gave our daughters a sense of belongingness no story we could tell them could ever convey."
"On our last day of the tour, (our daughter) told me that she was very sad that the tour was over… I wish I didn't have to leave… She looked at me with shining eyes and I heard her unspoken words ‘I love China and now I know that China loves me.’ "
"(My daughter) is different after this tour. She has a stronger sense of belonging, a sense of having a connection to her birth, and pride in being Chinese."