Monkey in the Middle

Monkey in the Middle

The sun is beating down on us, and if it weren’t for the straw hat they gave me I would probably be a puddle. Of course, the kids aren’t content just sitting in the shade drinking from a fresh coconut, so what are we doing? Running around playing soccer and trying to avoid the sharp metal hiding in the grass. I’m the “monkey,” so I am in the middle trying to intercept the ball as they kick it around the circle laughing. I tell myself I am going easy on them, but like I said, it is quite hot and they are much more used to the heat than I am.

As we play, my mind leaves the game and starts to realize the significance of this moment. These aren’t just any kids in SE Asia. They have no idea who I am, but I recognize these kids the moment I see them. Continue reading “Monkey in the Middle”

Sam Needs a Family!

Sam Needs a FamilyA Wish with a Time Limit—Sam Waits for a Family

Sam’s best friend was adopted last year. Before his friend left the orphanage for a new life with his family, the boys took photos together, to remember. Sam gives his best wishes to his friend, and he also has some wishes of his own. “He wants to have a home, too,” his caregivers tell us. Sam would like to teach his future family to speak Chinese! Unfortunately, time is running short for his wish to come true — he urgently needs a family to bring him home before he ages out of the adoption process on his 14th birthday in October.

Sam has been living in the orphanage since he was a baby and most of his caregivers have known him since he was little. It’s no mystery to them why Sam is popular with his teachers and the other students at school. “We think he is very thoughtful,” they tell us. “He can control his mood when he meets something unhappy… He barely has conflict with others.”

Sam is an active boy who enjoys sports and running. He is missing a toe on one foot, but has no other medical concerns. His development is thought to be normal for a child his age. He attends middle school, where he studies Chinese, math, English, music, art, PE, geography and history and he earns average grades. Outside of school, he likes reading books and playing games, like Chinese checkers and chess.

Sam will need a family educated about issues related to older child adoption and the effects of institutionalization. A Holt social worker has visited Sam’s orphanage and can share about her experience with interested families! A $3000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family adopt Sam through Holt.

For more information about this special boy, please contact Holt’s China child match coordinator, Jessica Zeeb, and visit his photolisting profile!

10/6/04 | China

 

Hector Needs a Family!

Hector Needs a FamilyA $3,000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family cover the fees to adopt Hector!

Hector is a sweet 4-year-old who likes playing with the other kids in his orphanage and being outside. He imitates others and has learned how to say “baba” and “mama.”

When he was brought to the orphanage, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and his development was slow — but he’s been learning a lot! Now he can walk, jump, go up and down stairs, put on his own shoes and socks, and wash his hands before eating! Some of Hector’s favorite foods are soup and rice!

Hector needs a family that is open to the challenges that come with Down syndrome, and one that can keep up with his developmental growth. A $3,000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family cover the fees to adopt Hector!

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Hector? For more information about Hector, please contact Jessica Zeeb and visit his photolisting profile!

DOB: 8/5/13 | China