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.”
Date of Birth 8/10/2003 | Vietnam
Luke* is a gentle and compassionate young man who likes to help his caregivers with their tasks. He loves playing sports, especially soccer and swimming. He also wants to learn how to play basketball.
Luke came into Holt’s care in 2015 when his father passed away. Luke didn’t attend school until he came into Holt’s care, so he is catching up, but he is very intelligent and has gotten 10/10 on his math, Vietnamese and reading. He is a healthy boy who enjoys smoothies and fruits like rambulan, longan and durian.
Luke understands what it would mean for him to be adopted, and he has watched several friends as they were adopted into loving families. He has dreams to work on cars, but his biggest desire is to have a family and to be loved.
Luke needs a family that understands older child adoption and is able to help him transition into their family, has excellent educational resources and is able to support him in his goals.
Could you or someone you know be Luke’s permanent family? To learn more about Luke, please contact Kristen Henry at email@example.com.
Several years ago, Holt adoptee Dan Schuman traveled to his birth country of Thailand and met his foster mother. Here, his wife recounts his unforgettable experience.
“Where are you from?” is a question many international adoptees get from time to time. When my husband Dan answers, he usually gives the name of our hometown, Fort Dodge, Iowa. But he knows that is not the answer they are looking for.
As long as I have known my husband, people have made assumptions about his race and ethnicity. We have gone to Chinese restaurants where the owners expect him to speak Chinese. Much to their dismay he smiles and shakes his head before ordering chicken fried rice in English. He once got a speeding ticket where the police officer marked down his race as “Hispanic.” It is all very innocent, and even fun to laugh about at times, but under all of this racial identity confusion lies a truth that many international adoptees know well — they are different. Different from their families, different from the community they live in and different from the people of their birth country, too. Dan will always be in that middle space. Not white, but not quite Asian either.
One of the greatest misconceptions about adoption is that everyone who adopts has thousands of dollars lying around just waiting for somewhere to spend it. Not True! In fact, most families don’t start the adoption process with the full amount they will need to bring a child home. But because of their desire to grow their family through adoption, they use the many resources out there and find creative ways to fund their adoption.
Don’t let finances be the reason you don’t adopt. Read More
Date of Birth: 06/05/09 | China
Lilianna* came into care when she was about 3 weeks old. She is a very imaginative 7-year-old who loves listening to stories, painting and making crafts. She loves to run around the playground and is known to be quite talkative. As you can see in her pictures, she is also quite the fashionista who likes wearing pretty clothes, especially with pink polka dots.
Despite her positive outlook on life — and strong attachment to her caregivers — Lilianna has expressed a desire for a loving family of her own. Lilianna has recovered well from surgery for congenital hydrocephalus, but she will need a family that can provide her with any continuing medical care that she needs. Her family will also need to have enough space in their house to throw the occasional fashion show.
Could you, or someone you know, be the family for Lilianna? Contact Jessica Zeeb at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about Lilianna and the eligibility requirements for adopting her.
How one woman in Vietnam used a small donor-funded investment to grow her business, build her confidence and create a safe and stable home for her grandson.
Lai wraps her tiny frame and arms around her shy, chubby grandson, Binh. She bounces him playfully, jutting her hip out to help support his weight. Her eyes are soft-hearted and sparkling, her face radiant with joy. She has the energy of someone half her age.
Behind Lai, an open garage door leads to the main room of her street-side apartment — a small and sparsely decorated space that empties onto a bustling sidewalk in Danang, Vietnam. Her sidewalk is set up like a small café — with little tables and chairs strategically filling the space. On the curb, Lai’s wheeled kitchen cart is filled with fruit and blenders, juice and straws — ready for customers. Read More