On this blog, we share stories and updates about our work around the world. With reporting from Holt staff in the U.S. and overseas as well as contributions from adoptive parents, adoptees, sponsors and supporters, we strive to represent the heart, life and experiences of our extended “Holt Family.”
Today, the North American Council on Adoptable Children released a statement urging people with a heart for adoption and foster care to help save an important piece of legislation. That statement and instructions on how to take action have been re-published below.
Call your members of Congress today. Urge them to Pass the Family First Act!
Earlier this week, a handful of senators — unexpectedly and at a late hour — stripped the Family First Act out of the 21st Century Cures Act, the vehicle bipartisan policymakers were counting on to move the bill forward.
Why? Voices of big-money, congregate care providers were heard more loudly than those of youth, grandfamily caregivers, foster and adoptive parents.
We must speak louder! We have a week before Congress is expected to adjourn. Now the last hope to move the bill forward is to attach it to the Continuing Resolution (or CR), the legislation that pays to keep the government running.
Call your members of Congress again today. Say “Pass the Family First Act.” Tell Speaker Ryan, Leader McConnell, Leader Reid and Leader Pelosi that the Family First Act must ride on the CR. Read More
I am so proud of all we’ve accomplished this year. Together, in partnership with you, Holt has impacted the lives of nearly 100,000 children all around the world.
But so many children are still growing up without the love and stability of a family, and the resources they need to thrive. Our work is not done.
As the year comes to a close, I’d like to ask for your help to meet some of the most critical needs facing the children we serve. Through this year’s President’s Top Priority Fund, your partnership will:
You can designate your gift towards any one of these four programs, or you may choose to “give where most needed.” Whichever program you choose, know that your gift is meeting critical needs, and empowering children to reach their fullest potential.
President & CEO
At the beginning of November, to kick off National Adoption Month, we shared a collage of all the children on our waiting child photolisting — just a small glimpse of the hundreds of children who we are seeking families for at any given time. We hoped it would kindle a passion in our supporters to help advocate for children who need loving families of their own. And it did!
You shared our waiting child stories. You reposted our advocacy blogs. You helped us tell the story behind each and every photo that we featured on social media during National Adoption Month.
The photo above represents the number of children from our photolisting that we have — thanks in part to your advocacy — matched with families so far in 2016. The black and white blocks represent the children who now are, or soon will be, part of a loving and secure family. The ones in color represent the children who we still need your help advocating for.
In total this year, Holt has matched 86 children from the photolisting — and another 200+ directly with a family! This is something to celebrate!
But we seek a world where every child has a loving and secure home. And until that day comes, we intend to keep working hard to advocate for the children left behind — and we ask you to join us.
One of the best ways that you can support our advocacy efforts is through sharing the stories we post about waiting children. That can be anything from pressing “like” or “share” on Facebook to leading an informational meeting in your community. Creativity is encouraged and we look forward to hearing what you come up with!
Our journey to the family you see today was one that was filled with many ups and downs, but one that was well worth the wait. My husband was adopted from Vietnam when he was eight months old and so for him, international adoption was always something close to his heart. Then after trying for many years to have children, it was my husband who encouraged me to switch our focus to adoption. Our experience with the Thailand program was amazing and we felt that the local Holt staff and social workers were there for us every step of the way and knew so much about our son and really made us appreciate all their hard work and the work they do with the foster families! Read More
Even 10 years ago, children living in orphanage care in China with treatable conditions like Thalassemia were considered so difficult to place with adoptive families, many caregivers wouldn’t try to find families for these children — nor secure the medical care they needed. Through advocacy and education efforts, international adoption is changing the face of special needs. But the fight to ensure that every child receives the love, care and family they deserve is far from over.
Lucy is sitting on her knees in a quiet corner booth in Texas Roadhouse. She’s leaning her tiny 4-year-old frame all the way across the table to put her face as close to her 12-year-old brother Kyan’s face as she can. She has a sweet, shy smile and big brown eyes with wispy dark bangs that cover her forehead. Her hair is tied up in two bouncy pigtails on either side of her head and a plastic necklace with a panda bear — her favorite animal — hangs over the neckline of her pink T-shirt. Kyan and Lucy are making silly faces at each other, just inches apart, and Lucy erupts into fits of giggles. As far as being an adorable, happy 4-year-old girl goes, Lucy is rockin’ it.
She likes Minnie Mouse. Her eyes fill with excitement as she talks about the butterfly costume she wore for Halloween. She likes riding scooters with Kyan and is never too far from her mom.
It would be impossible to tell, just looking at her, that Lucy has any kind of medical condition, much less one that requires monthly blood transfusions.
Lucy is the only child, and possibly the only person, with Beta Thalassemia in Medford, Oregon, a city with nearly 80,000 people.
This is perhaps unsurprising, considering the hereditary condition generally affects one out of every 200,000 people. However, in the southern region of China where Lucy was born — Guangdong Province — the number of children born with Thalassemia is irregularly high.