Could you or someone you know be the right family for Griffen?
Griffen is a cute 1-year-old who can only be described as “chill.” He loves to be held and getting cheek massages, and he regularly gets 10 hours of sleep in addition to a few naps throughout the day. He loves his foster mother who has been caring for foster kids like Griffen for 9 years. He is well cared for and in a very positive home environment for growth and development.
When he was born, it was noted that Griffen had prenatal exposure to alcohol and tobacco. He also has plagiocephaly — a flat spot on his head — and although his condition won’t cause brain damage or interfere with his development, he has been receiving helmet therapy to reshape his head. As you can see, he can rock the helmet pretty well!
At his last checkup, he was 9 months old and was assessed at 5-9 months developmentally (6 months gross motor, 8-9 months fine motor, 8-9 months language, and 5-6 months personal-social). While he is a little delayed developmentally, his caretakers say he has been reaching milestones and making progress!
Griffen is well loved where he is, and is able to grow and develop, but not to the level that he could if he had a stable and permanent family. To reach his full potential, he needs the personalized attention that only a permanent family can provide!
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Griffen? His family will need to understand his prenatal and medical history and be able to provide any therapies and support that he may need! For more information about Griffen, please visit his photolisting profile and contact our adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe.
We are heartbroken to share that Dr. David Kim, a man of God who devoted his entire life to passionately caring for orphaned children, passed away today at age 86. Please keep praying and sharing your memories of him. You are bringing comfort to his family and to everyone who loved him. David Kim gave thousands and thousands of children a second chance at life, and he inspired everyone around him to do more, care more and work harder to protect the most vulnerable children in the world. His brightness, compassion and commitment will never be forgotten.
A celebration of David’s life will take place at the Faith Center in Eugene, Oregon, on February 24, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested to please make donations to Holt International. Your gift will be used to help children with urgent needs that might otherwise go unmet, especially children with special needs as that was a cause close to David’s heart. If you would like to share memories or photos of David Kim, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sara urgently needs a family to bring her home before she ages out of the adoption process on her 14th birthday in June. She has osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). She is unable to walk unsupported and uses a wheelchair to get around. Sara has been living with a foster family since 2007, and she has a close relationship with her foster parents. She can’t attend school in her area because of her special needs, but she is receiving therapy and education at a special center. Her language development and literacy level are on target, and she is thought to have a high IQ and a strong ability to learn. Sara is an enthusiastic artist, she especially likes music and painting. Please click on the video link to listen to her sing (audio only). She has an open, determined and kindhearted personality. She especially likes playing with other children and gets along well with others. Continue reading “Sara Needs a Family!”
2017 was full of stories of inspiration, strength, compassion, generosity, love and family. Over the past year on the Holt blog, adoptees shared their hearts and life experiences — some even traveled to their birth country and processed their adoption in a whole new way. Holt sponsors and donors empowered children and families around the world to help them stay together. Some of our biggest stories of the year came from Mongolia, when generous Holt donors traveled across the world to meet children living in “a place no child should ever be.” Children from around the world united with their permanent, loving adoptive families — and adoptive families went on a journey, both literally and metaphorically, to bring their beloved children home.
While it’s impossible to sum up the entire year, here are your most viewed, most favorite adoptee, sponsorship and adoptive family stories of 2017! If you didn’t read or watch them the first time — or you want to be inspired all over again — be sure to take a look!
An 8-year-old with kind, curious eyes and straight black hair, Rachel is every bit as sweet as her photo. And after five years, she is still waiting for her permanent, loving family.
Rachael entered into care when she was 3-and-a-half years old. She is hearing-impaired and communicates mostly through sign language. She attends a special public school for hearing-impaired children.
Rachael lives in a smaller orphanage where she has a close relationship with her caregiver, is on track developmentally and is described as a “happy girl.” She gets along well with everyone in her orphanage and often helps the caregivers take care of the younger children.
Rachael will thrive in a family that already knows or is willing to learn sign language and one that will provide her with the specialized education and resources she needs.
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Rachael? To learn more about her, please contact Jessica Zeeb at email@example.com.
Sarah DeGarmo has 12 brothers and sisters, 11 of whom joined her family through adoption. Here, Sarah shares about her journey to find God’s 30-before-30 bucket list for her life, and how she and her husband, Leighton, began their own adoption journey to their third child.
My husband and I are currently in the process of adopting from the Philippines. While we may have just started our adoption journey, the seed of adoption was planted for me over 20 years ago when my parents returned home from the Philippines with my brother Isaac. After him followed Kim, Lancer, Josh, Gerard, Arturo, Ericko, Melvin, Cathy, Chris and Jena. I have one biological brother, Austin, making our family 13 children strong.
Back when there were only four of us kids, our family took a road trip to the Grand Canyon. I was 12 or 13 at the time and somehow Dad had convinced Austin and I that we should hike from the rim of the Grand Canyon down to the river and then back up to the rim in a day.
Actress Danielle Lyn (Queen Sugar and The Divergent Series: Allegiant) is a Filipina adoptee using her platform to advocate for orphaned children and kids in impoverished communities. Here, she shares her hopes for 2018.