Artist Social Media Campaign

The following is intended as a resource for Holt music artists as they advocate to find sponsors for the orphaned and vulnerable children we serve. But if you are not a Holt artist, we still invite you to be a sponsorship advocate! Below you’ll find examples of the types of content you can post to social media to invite your friends to sponsor a child through Holt! Thank you for partnering with us on behalf of these children. You can learn more about sponsorship here


Week 1: Intro Post

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Who will answer the call to “help orphans and widows in their distress”? (James 1:27). Through Holt International’s child sponsorship program you can change a child’s life! Learn more here:


Through Holt International’s child sponsorship program you can change a child’s life forever!

Week 2:

Week 2 post


With the help of Holt International child sponsors, these children were able to join loving, permanent families through international adoption! Read letters of gratitude from their adoptive families and consider sponsoring a child today!


With the help of Holt International child sponsors, these children were able to join loving families in the United States.

Week 3:

Week 3 postFacebook:

“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” — John 14:18. Have you heard about Holt International’s child sponsorship program? For $30 a month, you can change a child’s life!


“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:18. Sponsor a child through Holt International today!

Week 4:

Week 4Facebook: This is Amen. He lives in Ethiopia and his mother struggles to provide him with his basic needs and educational materials. Would you consider supporting Amen or another child through Holt International’s child sponsorship program? To learn more about little Amen, click here:


This is Amen. He lives in Ethiopia and needs a child sponsor. Would you consider sponsoring him or a child like him?

Week 5:


These bright and hopeful girls share a message of gratitude to their Holt International child sponsors. They are receiving an education in India thanks to those dedicated sponsors. Listen to their thank you message and sponsor a child today:


These girls from India share a message of gratitude to their child sponsors. Listen to their message and sponsor!

You Can Help Protect a Child’s Life

world-immunization_topThis is a phrase children often hear in doctor’s offices — their little legs dangling over a paper-covered table, or while their mom holds them with reassurance it will be over before they know it. 

A vaccine shot only hurts for a second, but its positive effect is felt for a lifetime. 


Thworld-immunization_1is week is World Immunization Week, a time to recognize and celebrate how vaccines have prevented thousands of children from suffering or dying from diseases like polio, meningitis and yellow fever. But the fight is not over. Today, many children around the world still do not receive the immunizations that could save their lives. 

world-immunization_2In fact, Ethiopia, India, Uganda and the Philippines — countries where Holt works — have some of the highest rates of unvaccinated children. And when children first enter into Holt’s care centers or family strengthening programs, they are in need of this lifesaving service. 

But for just $25, you can help. 


When you give the gift of lifesaving vaccines, you protect a child’s life. 

Share about World Immunization Week on social media and encourage your friends to give the gift of health to a child in need.

This Mother’s Day, honor the women who made your house a home

Repair a house. Build hope.
In honor of the women who made your house a home.

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But for a family living in extreme poverty, a house can be a place of despair.email2-GOH-MD-2016_03
Leaky roofs make children vulnerable to disease. Inadequate walls leave families shivering in the cold. For struggling families, the cost to make even the most basic repairs is often out of reach. Some families in Holt’s programs save for five-to-ten years just to afford the tin for a new roof.

This Mother’s Day, give a family in need the gift of home repairs or a email2-GOH-MD-2016_06new roof, in honor of your mom, wife or sister. This is a heartfelt way to remind the women you love how instrumental they were in making your house a home. We’ll send your recipient a free, beautiful card by May 8, letting them know what life-changing gift you gave in their honor!

The family who receives a new roof or critical home repairs will be overjoyed by your kindness and generosity.email2-GOH-MD-2016_09
With a safe, healthy place to live, families grow stronger, more stable and happier, too. And strong, healthy families raise happy, healthy kids!


Help A Child We Serve Feel Extra Special on June 1st!


In the United States, children traditionally eat birthday cake. In India, children wear special birthday clothes. In Vietnam, birthdays are celebrated on New Years. While in the Philippines, birthdays are celebrated with piñatas and sweets.

But for an orphaned or vulnerable child living in a care center or impoverished household, it matters not how or when a birthday is celebrated. What matters is that the child feels acknowledged and special. Many families in our programs can’t afford to celebrate their children’s birthdays, and many orphaned children don’t even know when their birthday is.

But on June 1st — the International Day of the Child — we strive to ensure that all of the children in our programs around the world feel extra special by hosting birthday parties in their honor!

A $25 gift will cover party expenses for your sponsored child. And every $25 you give above and beyond that will help to cover the cost of parties, gifts, a special meal and more for a child who doesn’t have a sponsor!

Here’s what our staff in Vietnam had to say about last year’s birthday festivities: “At the party, children enjoyed their toys and had the chance to experience new and interesting things with friends at the playground. They loved the delicious meal of special food that they would not normally have.”

Donations helped make this party possible! And this year, we hope that we will be able to give the children in our programs the most special birthday party ever!


With your help, we know we can!

Holt Celebrates 60 Years

This year, as Holt celebrates our 60th anniversary of serving children and families, Holt President and CEO Phil Littleton reflects on the many ways that Holt has grown and changed in the six decades since the first children came home through international adoption.

In a series of three blog posts, Phil explores Holt’s gradual shift from serving children primarily through adoption to serving tens of thousands more children every year through family Phil Family Strengthening Blogstrengthening and preservation programs; how Holt’s pre- and post-adoption services for adoptees, birth parents and adoptive families have grown to become one of the cornerstones of our organization; and how our commitment to supporting policies and initiatives that put children first has helped improve child welfare standards and adoptee rights in the United States and around the world. Click below to read all three posts.

Uplifting Children, Strengthening Families
Today, Holt serves tens of thousands more children every year through family strengthening and preservation programs than any other program — enabling children to grow and thrive in the loving care of their birth families. READ MORE.

The Growth of Post-Adoption Services
Holt’s post-adoption services department continues to assist more and more adoptees and parents every year — serving more than 3,680 adoptees, birth parents and families in 2015 alone. READ MORE.

Political Advocacy Remains Cornerstone
In the 60 years since Harry and Bertha Holt championed legislation that helped them adopt eight children from Korea, political advocacy has remained a cornerstone of Holt’s work. READ MORE.




Holt at 60: Political Advocacy Remains Cornerstone

60 years ago, Bertha Holt championed legislation that helped her and Harry Holt adopt their children from Korea. Since that time, political advocacy has been a cornerstone of Holt’s work. Holt president and CEO Phil Littleton reflects on our development as an organization, and how supporting policies and initiatives that put children first has helped improve child welfare standards and adoptee rights in the United States and around the world. This is the final post in a three-part series. You can read part one here and part two here.

In many ways, Holt International’s roots are planted in political advocacy on behalf of orphaned and abandoned children.

When Harry and Bertha Holt pioneered international adoption in the wake of the Korean War, they first had to enlist the help of the U.S. Congress to legally adopt eight children from Korea — passing what’s become known as the Holt Bill.

In the 60 years since, Holt has had a steady presence drafting, supporting or championing legislation to increase safeguards for children, expand adoption reform and push for greater adoptee rights in the U.S. and abroad. Policy and advocacy is an unwavering commitment of our organization.

Always, we’ve sought to support legislation that puts good policy for children first.

In the 1970s, we sent representatives to help draft the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the 1980s, two representatives from Holt participated in the Special Commission to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, a treaty, which standardized ethical laws and regulations for international adoption. We’ve also advocated on both state and national levels for access to open records as part of adoption reform.

Continue reading “Holt at 60: Political Advocacy Remains Cornerstone”

First Family Comes Home From Vietnam


Vietnam 03-2016 61It comes with great excitement that we announce that the first child to be adopted through our special pilot adoption program in Vietnam has come home with her family in the U.S. Jessica Palmer, Holt’s director of adoption services for Southeast Asia, was with the Nguyen family when they met their 19-month-old daughter in Binh Duong. It was such an honor to be able to witness first-hand this milestone in Holt’s adoption program in Vietnam,” Jessica says. “It was also my first trip to the country, so getting to meet all the Holt staff, seeing the country for the first time, and getting to witness such an amazing moment of a family being formed was truly an unforgettable experience.” Continue reading “First Family Comes Home From Vietnam”

To the Birth Mother of My Son

On her son’s 23rd birthday, Holt adoptive mom Lu Adair writes a letter to her son’s birth mom — sharing about the kind, sensitive and talented young man he has become.

To the birth mother of my son,

Twenty-three years ago you brought a beautiful baby boy into the world. For reasons only you understand, you were unable to care for him. That’s okay; I’m the last person who would judge you. Over the years, others have asked why you could not care for him. It’s really none of their business. I think it shows how much they do not understand about life.

I want you to know that he is loved and has been raised to the best of the ability of my husband and I. We tell him that his beautiful skin color, hair, and eyes, are your gift to him. My mother is Latina, so I have similar coloring, although he is a bit darker. I remind him that many people pay a lot to have hair and skin color like his.


Continue reading “To the Birth Mother of My Son”

She Carries Your Love Always

Holt adoptive mom Libby Wendland writes a heartfelt letter to her daughter’s foster mom in Thailand, who cared for her in the six years she waited to join a family through adoption. This letter originally appeared on Libby’s blog,

My husband and I just adopted our beautiful 6-year-old daughter internationally. She was placed in foster care at 3 weeks old until the approval of her adoption. Nothing I could ever give or say could repay her foster parents for the love they gave my daughter while she waited for six years for her forever home. My words will always fall short, but I pray all foster moms\dads know the importance of their job and role in a child’s life. This post is dedicated to two of the world’s best people (Por Kian & Mae Eiat) and to all the foster moms and dads in our world. Your work does not go unnoticed and your love will live through these children for all eternity. All my love and gratitude!

To My Daughter’s Foster Mom,

EdenI know you will probably never read these words nor will they ever touch your ears to know my heart, but I want to tell you that the day we met I will never forget or be the same. You showed me the broken hallelujah of loving someone with all your heart even if that love was meant only for a moment. You loving my daughter may have just been a season, but she will carry that love for eternity.

When she trusts me, I know it was because of your trusting hand that held her during those years of waiting and hard transitions.

When she loves me, I know it was because she was first loved by you.

Continue reading “She Carries Your Love Always”

Never Give Up

After Holt adoptee Emily Thornton’s search for her birth mother came to an inconclusive end in 2014, she thought that was it. Then she learned about a search tool that has brought some success to other adoptees — restoring her hope, and inspiring her to launch a second search.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetOver a year has passed since my initial, inconclusive search for my birth mother. Although my life is plenty full — a new home, full time work and a near part-time hobby (photography) — not a day goes by that I don’t think about who she is. Whether it is a fleeting drop of disappointment or an entire night wrapped in my husband’s arms grieving, I press on — trying not to let it eat away at my heart. I miss her without even knowing her name. Deeply and inexplicably, I miss her.

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