Originally founded by Pearl S. Buck, the Welcome House adoption program matched more than 7,000 orphans and children from around the globe with adoptive families in the United States. Many of the children were biracial. In June of 2014 the program was phased out because of changes in international adoption regulations.
We are honored by visits and involvement from former Welcome House families as volunteers, speakers, and donors.
Pearl S. Buck International continues to serve adoptive families and adoptees through our work in intercultural programs and exhibits for the community as well as humanitarian aid for children and communities in need from the countries where many of the adoptive children were born.
For those who seek to access adoption records or locate their birth parents we recommend the following resources. (We are not permitted legally to provide details regarding birth parents.)
Orphans’ Court of Bucks County, Pennsylvania
Bucks County Courthouse
55 East Court Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
All requests ultimately have to be physically mailed, in order to be approved by a judge. The request form can be found at www.buckscounty.org/docs/row-officers-documents/requestforadoptioninformationorcontact.pdf?sfvrsn=2
Most of the information that is in the adoption files is the same information that a family would have received at the time of the adoption process. Please remember that Welcome House international adoption case files do not include information that would enable a search for biological family members.
At this time, South Korea is the only foreign country that has established a website for initiating a birth search. If you were adopted from South Korea, contact the South Korean Ministry of Health and Welfare at www.kadoption.or.kr/en/.
Adult adoptees who were placed in the U.S. from a foreign country, other than South Korea, may be able to secure birth search guidance by contacting the Baltimore, Maryland office of International Social Service-USA Branch (ISS-USA) at firstname.lastname@example.org. ISS-USA is a member of a global network of social work agencies providing services in over 120 countries around the world. ISS-USA provides inter-country case management services on any case involving a child with family resources outside of the United States.
Information about citizenship for Korean adoptees to the United States.