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.”
In just a few short months, Deacon will age out of the adoption system and his chance at a loving and permanent family will disappear. His time is running out, and he needs a family soon.
However, if we are able to find the right family for Deacon, a $10,000 Special Brittany’s Hope grant is available to help them overcome any financial obstacles they may have to adopting him!
Deacon’s caregivers describe him as smart and extroverted and he has made several good friends in his group home. He’s in good health and developmentally on target. He is currently in 9th grade and receives high marks in school, where his favorite subjects include math and chemistry. He is also learning how to speak some simple English phrases. Some day, Deacon would like to become a doctor.
Deacon enjoys playing sports and his favorite activities include playing football, badminton and chess with his friends. He likes to eat Pho and chicken, and like any other 15-year-old, he can eat a lot of it.
He will need an experienced family with excellent resources, understanding and experience with older child adoption. Deacon will be making a big transition, and his family will need to be prepared for that.
Date of Birth: 01/02/2002 | Vietnam
Just before Chinese New Year at the end of January, Holt staff and child sponsorship advocates in Nanning, China, visited Wei’s rural village.
Here, Wei lives with his mom and two sisters in a small home. Wei was excited to spend time with his advocate, Mr. Pan, who is the man in the leather jacket throughout this video. Wei showed staff his house, favorite fishing spot and the lush farmland that surrounds his home.
See what a day is like in Wei’s life and how sponsorship is helping him to stay in school — a luxury that his older sisters can no longer afford.
Thank you for the continued support of your sponsored child. We can’t emphasize often enough the very real difference your commitment makes in the lives of the children in Holt’s programs. Because of you, children are safer, healthier and staying in school longer. They feel loved and confident knowing their U.S. sponsor cares for them.
As you watch Wei’s story, consider how life may be similar or different for the child you chose to sponsor.
*As a note of authenticity, the voice in the video is not Wei’s, but it does accurately convey Wei’s responses during our recent visit and interview with him.
We urgently need families for girls and sibling sets who are older than 4 and have minor or no special needs. The parent eligibility requirements for our India program have also recently changed, and close to 120 children need families. Holt has strong partner organizations in India, and the adoption process is stable and predictable. Does this sound like a program that would be a good fit for you?
Cole came into care shortly after birth and he has malformations of his hands and feet, which keep him from walking. His caregivers say it is unlikely that he will be able to walk unless he can receive walking aids and therapy that are not available at his orphanage. Cole needs a family that can provide for his medical needs. Read More
Holt adoptee Susan Cox highlights the importance of securing a certificate of citizenship, and urges all adoptees and adoptive parents to take this critical step. Susan also serves as Holt’s vice president of policy and external affairs.
When I was adopted in 1956, I came to the U.S. with a Korean passport and a U.S. visa. I did not have a birth certificate then, and still don’t. The day I became a naturalized citizen was a big day and my parents impressed upon me how important it was.
To get a work permit as a teenager, I had only my certificate of citizenship (naturalization papers) and Korean passport. Because those two documents could not be replaced, we made the trip to the nearest immigration office and presented the documents in person so that they would never be out of sight.
I’m grateful that my parents took this responsibility seriously and took the necessary steps to provide me with the protections granted by U.S. citizenship. I’m keenly aware that many adoptees did not have the same experience and that some of them are vulnerable without a certificate of citizenship as adults. Read More