Last year, you did big things for kids with special needs

Header-Art-600x300Last year, Holt supporters accomplished amazing things through the Molly Holt Fund — a fund to help children with special needs access the specific resources they need to thrive, whether in their family or while they wait to join an adoptive family.

In Vietnam, you helped children with special needs attend a daycare uniquely equipped to meet their needs while enabling their parents to seek and maintain stable work. At the Ilsan Center in Korea, you provided specialized therapies and equipment for children and adults with severe disabilities. At the Peace House in China, you provided nurturing care for children awaiting surgery or medical treatment.

And, that’s just the beginning. Read stories about the impact of last year’s Molly Holt Fund campaign, or learn more about the important special need we are raising money and awareness for this year:


This year, with your support of the Molly Holt Fund, Holt will serve even more children with special needs in the countries where we work. From Ethiopia and Uganda, to India, Mongolia and across Southeast Asia, we continue to partner with local organizations and governments to ensure every child can reach their full potential — regardless of the circumstances to which they were born.


We urgently need families for children in the Philippines

philippines-apw--Header-600x575Have you considered adopting from the Philippines?

This program is small, stable and predictable — and in urgent need of families for children. This program is a great fit for:

Younger couples, married for at least three years, ages 27-45, with less than three children.
Families strong in their Christian or Catholic faith. A 5-year church attendance letter is required.
Families who are open to a child of either gender.
Single applicants open to a child age 6+.
Families open to children ages 2-5 with minor special needs.
Families open to older children, siblings or children with more profound special needs.

Does this sound like your family? If so, we’re excited to hear from you!

Email Holt’s adoption counselor, Emily Lund, at You can reach her by phone at 541-687-2202.

Click here to request a free packet of information about adoption.

Click here to apply now!

Or learn more about Holt’s Philippines adoption program by exploring online. CLICK HERE.

India’s Doctor of the Year Cares for Holt Kids

A pediatrician who cares for children at a Holt partner agency in India receives a doctor of the year award. 

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Last month, at an award ceremony in Dehli, India, Dr. Jayant Navarange, a highly regarded pediatrician, was honored as “Doctor of the Year” by the Indian Medical Association for his medical expertise and distinguished service to children. Since 1980, Dr. Navarange has served as an honorary pediatrician at Bharatiya Semaj Seva Kendra (BSSK), Holt’s legacy partner in Pune, where his work is very admired. “Dr. Navarange is extremely deserving of this award,” Dean Hale, Holt’s director of adoption services for India and the Philippines, says. “He is a very caring, very learned and very accomplished person.”

Dean says that it’s Dr. Navarange’s calming bedside manner and willingness to go above and beyond for children that sets him apart. “He never just accepts a diagnosis,” Dean says. “He always digs deeper.” Dean, who has worked with Holt’s India program for over three decades, recalls a time when Dr. Navarange examined a boy who had been diagnosed with severe seizures. After careful investigation, Dr. Navarange concluded that the child actually suffered from a condition that mimics seizures. The doctor took the child off of his medication immediately and placed him on a more appropriate medical track. “Dr. Navarange is extremely thorough,” Dean says. “ He has great clinical skills, good common sense and he really cares.” Continue reading “India’s Doctor of the Year Cares for Holt Kids”

Sponsors in China Become Friends, Mentors and Change-Makers

When a group of professionals from Beijing began sponsoring children in their own country, they soon learned that their impact could go far beyond a monthly gift. What ensued was a genuine relationship with their sponsored children and the possibility of changing China’s culture of philanthropy. 

On a cold winter day in a rural community in northwestern China, an unlikely group of people gather together. Ten of them are deemed among China’s most successful professionals from Beijing — businessmen and women, bankers, university scholars and government officials. The rest of the group, numbering about 30, are made up of 12-to-16-year-olds — most of whom have grown up in critical poverty.

They pull their chairs into uneven circles and sit facing each other — the young students listening intently to what the professionals have to say. And the professionals just as eagerly listen to the teenagers. Although they have never met before, the group bonds quickly over a mutual care and interest in each other’s lives. This connection transcends their differing backgrounds, ages and ways of life.

This group is made up of Holt-sponsored children and their sponsors —meeting for the first time.


Here, two exciting and groundbreaking things are taking place. For the first time, Chinese sponsors living in China are sponsoring children in their own country. And as these sponsors and sponsored children meet and talk, they begin to build a deep, lasting, in-person relationship. Unlikely events, both. But perhaps even more unlikely is how it all came about.

Continue reading “Sponsors in China Become Friends, Mentors and Change-Makers”

A Clear Path to Success

With the generous gift of an anonymous Holt supporter, a 6-year-old girl in Ethiopia receives treatment and glasses for a debilitating eye condition.

Birhanesh and her father.

Birhanesh walks along a dusty, broken sidewalk in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Holding her father’s hand, she frolics down the uneven ground — bringing up gravel that dirties her pretty white flats. She wears a pink, pleated skirt and a forest green zip-up jacket. Her eyes, already teary and red, fill with dust as she strains to see on this bright day in November, one of the driest months in Ethiopia. Standing at almost 7-feet-tall, Birhanesh’s father holds his daughter’s hand tightly as the heavy Addis traffic rushes around them. The father and daughter are almost 200 miles away from the place they call home, a traditional mud hut in the Wallana district of southern Ethiopia. Accompanying them on this long-awaited journey is Miruk Alemu, then Holt Ethiopia’s child sponsorship coordinator. They have arrived in Ethiopia’s capital for a very special reason. Today, 6-year-old Birhanesh will, after years of discomfort, visit an eye specialist for the first time — hopeful that he can finally give her some relief. Continue reading “A Clear Path to Success”

Celebrating All The Dads

There’s no one in the world quite like a dad. They make the perfect best friend and protector. They morph into a full-sized snuggle machine or a jungle gym, mood depending. They’re always up for an adventure, whether it’s to the top of a mountain or just to a favorite old spot. They’re full of wisdom, but they’re not above a little roughhousing or playing in the dirt. This Father’s Day, we salute all the dads — biological, adoptive, foster and beyond. We see you out there, doing your dad thing, and frankly, it’s pretty heartwarming. Thank you for your unwavering commitment to children. You make the world a brighter, happier place for children.

Here are just a few of our favorite photos of dads. Visit Holt International on Facebook on June 19 to view more images, share your favorite dad memories and add your own photos to our gallery!2798img_5295  Continue reading “Celebrating All The Dads”

Holt Opens a Library for Children in Impoverished District of Mongolia

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A child in traditional Mongolian dress holds a donated book that was carried over from the U.S.
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. – Albert Einstein

In my travels for Holt’s child nutrition program (CNP), I occasionally have the happy coincidence of being able to visit other, non-CNP-related Holt programs. Recently, when conducting a formal needs assessment for CNP with one of our partners in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, I was lucky enough to participate in the grand opening of Holt’s newest and truly inspirational family strengthening program in the same city.

Holt’s new after-school program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia is located in the social welfare office of the poorest district in the city, Songino Khairkhan district. This district is often informally called the “Ger district,” as many families live in traditional ger dwellings instead of permanent housing throughout the area. Despite the long, brutally cold winters here, few families in the Ger district can afford a brick and mortar home. Continue reading “Holt Opens a Library for Children in Impoverished District of Mongolia”

13 Days and Counting!

email6-Headeremail6-13-Ddays-TextToday, children around the world — including your sponsored child — are counting down the days to June 1, when Holt will team up with sponsors like you to throw a HUGE birthday party for children in our programs and partnering care centers around the world.We can’t wait to see their faces when they open their first birthday present…And with 13 days still to go, you can help us make it amazing! Every gift of $25 will help us provide a party, special treats and a gift for one child — your sponsored child, and other children who don’t have sponsors. 

Thank you for your heart and compassion for children. You are helping to bring joy and hope to their lives.

Holt’s Korea Program Can Now Place Children in All 50 States!

may-adoption-pathway-KoreaSixty years ago, Harry and Bertha Holt petitioned Congress to pass a bill allowing them to adopt eight children from Korea. Since that time, Holt has continued our founders’ legacy in Korea — finding thousands of loving, permanent families for children who truly need them. But just recently, something huge occurred in our partnership with Korea. This development will allow us to unite even more children with the loving adoptive families they deserve…

We are now authorized to place children from Korea with families in all 50 states!

Before, families living in 20 states were ineligible to adopt through Holt from Korea simply because of where they lived. But now, eligible families can adopt from Korea no matter where they live in the U.S.!* For many children, the effect of this is potentially life-changing. This means that each child waiting for a family in Korea now has nearly double the chance of being matched with a family!

There are several children who have been waiting an especially long time for a family — children like Henry, Myles and Danny. But we hope and pray that with the new expansion of family eligibility, we will soon find families for them.


Henry is a delightful, energetic 3-year-old who loves to run, jump, balance on one foot, build towers and play with puzzles. He was born premature and has some cognitive and language delays, but has made huge progress in gross motor development. He plays well with others and is an absolute joy to be around. Henry needs a family that is open to developmental unknowns and can provide him with the therapy he needs as he develops. 


Myles is a sweet and lovely one-year-old baby boy who is looking for his permanent, loving family. He is on track developmentally and he can pull himself up to stand, crawl all around, say “momma” [food],”umma” [mom] and “appa” [dad], wave bye-bye and play peek-a-boo. Myles is full of smiles and loves when his foster family holds and plays with him. He is currently being treated for congenital adrenal hyperplagia and plagiocephaly, and is under follow-up care for an abnormal thyroid function. Myles is ready to join a family that understands his medical needs and should be prepared to provide any treatment or therapy he may need as he grows up.


Danny is a cute and happy one-year-old who loves to eat and is learning to stand on his own. Relinquished by his birth mother who was unable to care for him, Danny just celebrated his first birthday surrounded by his loving foster mother and father and two older foster siblings — all who dote on Danny and care for him with great joy. Danny has been diagnosed with congenital heart disease and a minor chromosomal abnormality that will need further observation. Danny is in need of a loving family that is comfortable with minor chromosomal abnormalities and medical unknowns, and who can provide any therapies or medical resources he might need as he grows up.

If you’d like to learn more about Henry, Miles, Danny or other children who are waiting for families, please don’t hesitate to contact Kristen Henry, Holt’s waiting child coordinator, at or by phone at 541-687-2202 x241. 

We hope this helps you as you explore adoption and learn about the many children who are waiting for a permanent, loving family.


Verla LeBaron, LMSW
Director of Adoption Services, Korea

*The Korean government requires that all homestudies and post-placement reports be completed by a Hague-accredited partner agency.