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.”
When Howie’s foster family plays with him, you can see his face light up into a big grin. He likes to laugh and his giggle can be contagious. He needs a permanent family of his own to play and giggle with.
Howie is learning lots of new things, like how to walk, with a little assistance, and how to communicate — which is mostly just babbling for now. He is going to have many more milestones to reach and he is going to need a family to come alongside him and cheer him on!
Before Howie was born, he was exposed to some alcohol and tobacco, and due to delays in his fine motor skills and some spasticity in his joints, his doctors plan to monitor for possible cerebral palsy. He will need a loving family that can help him through any potential challenges!
Most of all, his family will need to prepare for the bundle of joy that Howie will be in their life.
Could you, or someone you know, be the right family for Howie? Contact Kristen Henry at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Howie and the eligibility requirements for adopting him.
09/12/15 | NE Asia
When Frankie* grows up, he wants to be a superhero. For now he just practices by pretending with his friends. But someday, he will be saving people from the bad guys and defending the world from evil.
Like many superheroes, Frankie has some obstacles that he is working to overcome — obstacles that may just shape the narrative arc of his life, infusing him with a deeper compassion for others, and imbuing him with greater purpose and power to achieve his dreams. Frankie was born with cerebral palsy, but he is learning how to get around and be independent. He also has HIV, which is well controlled with medication, but in order to protect his privacy we can’t show his smiling face. These are obstacles that are tough and bring a lot of challenges for Frankie, including developmental delays resulting from CP and discrimination resulting from the stigma against a positive HIV diagnosis.
But in true superhero form, Frankie doesn’t let his obstacles stop him from reaching his goals.
CP makes it difficult for Frankie to walk, so he uses a walker. But he doesn’t stop at walking — he also dances along to his favorite music, and actively plays with his friends, just like any other kid. Many of our staff have met Frankie and describe him fondly as a sweet and determined kid.
Frankie is going to help save the world someday, but right now, what he needs is a superhero — or maybe just an everyday hero — who can empower him with the opportunities and resources he needs to reach his potential in life. He needs a family of his own.
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Frankie? For more information about Frankie and access to the great pictures and videos of him that we have on file, please contact Jessica Zeeb at JessicaZ@holtinternational.org.
Date of Birth: 8/7/10 | China
What do you stand for?
Are you inspired to sponsor because you believe that every child deserves an equal education? Because every child deserves a loving family? Or to reach their full potential in life?
Regardless of why you sponsor, know that in 2016, you have given all of this and more to a child — or children — who needed you. Read More
At Holt, we are blessed to receive photos and updates from adoptive families nearly every day. We love seeing how children grow and change when they are nurtured by the individual love and attention of their family. Sometimes, adopted children change so much in a short period of time, it’s hard to believe we are looking at the same beautiful child we helped to find a family for just a short time ago. That was the case last month when Wendy Matthews sent two photos and a short update about her daughter, Allye James.
On December 21, 2015, the Matthews family traveled to China to formally welcome AJ into their family. On that special day, Wendy snapped this picture of her four children:
A year later, in December 2016, Wendy shared this photo of AJ: Read More
For the first nine years of his life, he never stepped foot inside a school. Profoundly deaf, he had no way of communicating with his family beyond pointing and gesturing.
But when the Yesus Mena School for the Deaf came to his community in Ethiopia, for the first time, Ayele learned how to express himself through sign language.
This school has had such a tremendous impact on not just Ayele’s life — but on the lives of nearly 500 more deaf or partially hearing children in attendance at this, the first and only deaf school in a region with the highest prevalence of deafness in all of Ethiopia. Read More