Adopting a Child from Thailand

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March 2005

We are considering adoption from Thailand, and would like any feedback you may have regarding a RECENT adoption (last 5 years) or upcoming adoption. Thanks. julianna


We have been home for four months now with our beautiful 18 month old Thai son, adopted via Holt International Children's Services in Oregon. I recommend without reservation both our agency Holt, and adopting from Thailand. It takes 2 to 2 1/2 years from start to finish, but it's worth it. Holt is fantastic, and our 2 week trip to Thailand was wonderful. The Thai people were welcoming and supportive of our adoption, and now we are becoming part of the wonderful Thai community here in the East Bay. Holt works with Thailand Social Services to place the children in foster care instead of orphanages, so the level of individual attention and health care each child receives is excellent. Once you get matched with a Thai child via Holt, you get progress reports with a photo every 3 months - this helps during your wait to bring home your child. This is our first child, and while the adjustment to becoming parents of a toddler has been very challenging, our son is beautiful, well-tempered, and a joy. He is teaching us Thai words and we are teaching him English! Also I studied Thai for 3 months before we went over, and this helped with our son's transition and ours. We are so pleased we picked Thailand, and we are extremely lucky to be the proud parents of our son. Please contact me if you'd like to know more.