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Adoption from Thailand

Do you consider adopting a child from Thailand? You can read more about this on this page. The interest of the child is always the most important factor, you can read more about this at our basic principles.

Wereldkinderen has been a mediator for Thailand for more than 40 years now. In the past four years 42 from Thailand found a home in the Netherlands via Wereldkinderen.



The reasons why children are given up for adoption vary. This may concern children who were abandoned, or children whose mother gave her child up for adoption. More often this regards children with a burdened personal history or children with a medical problem or older children. The children that qualify for being adopted stay in one of the eight children’s shelters. Sometimes children are temporarily placed in a foster family. The age of the children varies between two and a maximum of six years.


All applications are assessed by Wereldkinderen. Wereldkinderen prioritizes the specific needs and rights of children.

In order to be able to adopt a child from Thailand, you have to meet the following conditions:

  • You possess a valid principle consent
  • You have been married for at least one year when you receive the documents in Thailand
  • You are both at least 25 years old
  • You travel together
  • You have income from work
  • You speak English
  • You give permission for and are open for the adoption of a child that is at least 48 months old
  • If you already have a child living with you, then you can only start the adoption procedure when the youngest child is at least 5.5 years old. You can register at Wereldkinderen at an earlier date though, for you will then be placed on the waiting-list.
  • The Adoption Centre prefers applications of prospective adoptive parents with a maximum age of 43 years old. If you are older, the Child Adoption Board will judge your file for suitability.
  • Applications by couples who have already adopted two children from Thailand are being judged by the Child Adoption Board in the Adoption Centre in Bangkok. They decide whether the application will be approved.


National and Intercountry adoption are under the responsibility of the Ministry of Social Development and Welfare. Every year, they state how many files Wereldkinderen is allowed to send. The Department Adoption Affairs of this Ministry checks the files of the children and the prospective adoptive parents. An allocation committee places the child with the adoptive family. Thailand has ratified the Hague Adoption Convention. The final allocation of the adoption will occur after a report has been made about the adaption and the development of the child in your family.


After intake you will make sure that the documents and paperwork for the adoption procedure in Thailand are taken care of. After these documents have been sent, it will take about three years before you will receive a proposal. The matching does not occur based on order of application by the parents, because parents are sought for a child and not vice versa.

If the proposal is accepted by you, it will take an average of four up to six weeks before you can go to Thailand. In this period the conversation about the departure will take place. The period of stay in Thailand is two up to three weeks. In Bangkok you are guided by one of our contact persons. The children will travel to the Netherlands with a Thai passport.

When you arrive back home in the Netherlands, you will be informed on the follow-up obligations. After the follow-up reports are finished, the formal adoption will be pronounced by the court in Thailand. After you have received the adoption decision, you can start the adoption procedure in accordance with Dutch law.