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Welcome House: A Historical Perspective

"Parenthood has nothing to do with color, race or religion. It has to do with far deeper likeness of mind and heart and soul."
-Pearl S. Buck, 1964


In 1949, author and humanitarian Pearl S. Buck created the Welcome House Adoption Program. Her goal was to develop an agency that would find adoptive families for bi-racial children that were considered 'unadoptable' because of their ethnic status. As an adoptive mother herself, she knew that the bond between a child and their parents transcended bloodlines. In 1956, Welcome House expanded its charter to find families for children living in any country.  

On February 29, 2008, Welcome House was one of the first adoption agencies to receive full Hague Accreditation from the Council on Accreditation in the United States.

Currently, Welcome House is not accepting adoption applications.Welcome House placed more than 7,000 children from 28 nations around the world.