- Successful Adoption Rate
- Financing and Fee Options
- Adoption types
- Education and Training
Successful Adoption Rate
In 2015, the agency placed 455 children with adoptive families in the U.S. and 252 children with adoptive families in their respective birth countries. This is a significantly high number compared to other adoption agencies.
Financing and Fee Options
The agency is very forthcoming with a variety of different sources to look for financial help with adoption. This includes information about the Federal Adoption Tax Credit, state tax credits, employer assistance, military reimbursements, and several organizations that provide grants and scholarships to families seeking to adopt. The agency itself will usually reduce the adoption program fee if the child being placed has severe special needs. Additionally, Holt staff may apply for a grant from the organizations Special Needs Adoption Fund (SNAF) on behalf of a family with a demonstrated financial need.
Fees vary by country program, but clients can expect to pay between $20,000-35,000 for everything-including travel, document preparation, legal fees, and parent education. China requires a monetary donation to an orphanage and there are other third-party costs for each country's program in addition to differences in travel. Uniform fees for all international programs include:
- Application: $300 (due when applying)
- Home study: $2,500-2,900 plus mileage (due before first home visit)
- Home study update: $500 plus mileage (due before the home visit)
- U.S. processing fee: $3,500 (due after home study is approved)
Holt International focuses on international adoption but gives Illinois residents the opportunity to adopt domestically through Holt-Sunny Ridge. The agency will facilitate any degree of openness that the birth parents choose, though adoptive families should be prepared to have an open adoption as that is what most birth mothers desire.
On average, the process from application to traveling home with a child takes 2-3 years. Families often request to adopt girls so families seeking a boy would have a shorter wait time. However, wait times can vary from country to country and in some cases, the entire process could take place in less than a year. While international children wait to be placed before and after a match, they are usually living in care centers, group homes, or foster homes. Holt advocates for quality in-country care and updates families with the most accurate information available on a child's growth, development, and medical conditions.
Education & Training
The agency hosts monthly webinars as a way to learn more about their specific international country program options as well as the process of adopting. Families in process can access Holt's online handbook with step-by-step adoption information, downloadable forms, and links to adoption resources. Holt's parent education curriculum can also be accessed online.