Dillon International was founded by Jerry and Deniese Dillon in 1972 to meet the needs of the thousands of vulnerable Korean orphans. Centrally located in the United States, Dillon International is home-based in Tulsa, Oklahoma and was the first licensed international adoption agency in the state.
Throughout our history, Dillon International has been actively involved in establishing intercountry adoption standards and policies both in the United States and abroad. The agency has helped to establish adoption programs in several countries including a model foster care program in Korea. Each participating country in the agency's adoption program has invited Dillon International to help find homes for their vulnerable children.
Since our beginning, Dillon International has placed over 6,000 children from developing countries with loving, adoptive families in the United States. Several hundred additional children have been placed with families in their country of birth as a result of Dillon's efforts. In addition, Dillon International has helped to underwrite hospitals, orphanages and schools in Korea, India, China, and most recently in Vietnam.
Dillon International has continued to help children who may never be adopted. Funds are raised annually through private donations by individuals and foundations as well as the agency's Lunar New Year Celebration Dinner to provide education, foster homes, orphanage care, medical services and therapy for "special needs" children in these developing countries.
With its lifetime commitment to children and families, Dillon International provides a variety of post-adoption services to assist families with integrating their child's birth heritage into their family's traditions and to help instill a sense of pride and self-worth for each adoptee in his/her birth country.