From NCFA:

As many of you know, the Adoption Tax Credit (ATC) is vulnerable and may be eliminated as part of tax reform – and we need your help to save it. Join us as we work to keep pressure on Congress to save the credit that makes it possible for all families to adopt.

We are holding two fly-ins in the next two weeks to talk to Members of Congress in person about the tax credit. Help us by sharing your story and creating a surround sound of voices defending the credit…and help us spread the word within your network! The great new information and advocacy tools at AdoptionTaxCredit.org make it easy.

Now is the time for anyone touched by adoption to tell their story, and let their legislators know what the Adoption Tax Credit has meant for them and their families. Real voice matters – legislators will only #SaveTheATC if they understand the real-world impact and feel that their constituents support it.

Here are 8 easy steps to share your story directly with your Members of Congress! Read More

Isaac Needs a Family!

Isaac is not shy of the spotlight and when someone pulls out a camera, he loves to strike different poses and perform. His foster family describes him as an extrovert who smiles a lot and gets along with others well. He has lived with his foster family since 2013 and he is very close to his foster mom.

He loves to interact with people, but it doesn’t come as easily to him as it may to others, because he has right ear atresia and hearing loss in both ears. Due to his hearing loss, his speech is delayed and he relies mostly on gestures to communicate with his friends and foster family. He definitely has the gestures down, though!

Isaac is fond of his foster family, but what he really needs is a permanent family that can give him the personalized care and attention that he needs to thrive. His family will need to have access to the medical care he will need, and be willing to give him the loving interaction, with a family of his own, that he greatly desires.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Isaac? For more information about Isaac, visit his photolisting profile or contact Holt’s adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe at caitlinh@holtinternational.org.

D.O.B. 08/10/2012 | China

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I don’t think we could handle that.

Thinking about adoption can be scary! Will I be a good parent? Will my child and I bond? Will I be able to provide for the specific needs my child has? Read More

Daniel Needs a Family! Apply to adopt him through Holt International!

Daniel needs a family!

Daniel* is a playful 3-year-old who currently lives with a loving foster family. They describe him as a gentle boy who is especially attached to his foster mother.

He is becoming more curious and likes playing with things that have moving parts. In fact, in one of his check-up appointments, he was far more interested in the door, and how it opened and closed, than in the toys that were there (see video).

Although he is in a stage of life where he is learning many things, he is reported to have some mild developmental delays, particularly in language. However, his foster family takes him to speech therapy and he has been progressing in those skills.

He is a very happy child that takes delight in even the everyday things like splashing in the bath, and eating sweet potatoes. But he needs a family of his own to do those things with. The right family for Daniel would need to be open to developmental unknowns and able to provide any therapies that he may need. It is a bonus if they have some doors that he can play with.

Would you or someone you know be the right family for Daniel? For more information about Daniel, visit his photolisting profile, or contact our adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe, at caitlinh@holtinternational.org.

DOB: 4/19/14 | NE Asia

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At one special medical foster home in China, orphaned and abandoned children from all over China with severe medical needs, health conditions and special needs receive such amazing care, they blossom right before their caregiver’s eyes.

Peace House is not an actual house, but rather a small apartment on the 26th floor of an otherwise unremarkable 31-story brick building in sprawling Beijing. But inside, the space is anything but unremarkable — it’s a miraculous, life-changing place every day. A place where the contributions of kind and generous donors make a world of difference to the children — often babies younger than 2 — who spend weeks or months here.

A caregiver plays with two children, both growing strong enough for surgery, in the living room of Peace House.

“The thing that most stands out to me about Peace House,” says Jessica Zeeb, Holt’s China waiting child coordinator, “is that the name really describes the environment. When you walk in, you get a sense of peace. It’s calm. The nannies aren’t standing, working on lots of tasks. They are on the floor with the children.” Read More