Daniel needs a family! Daniel* is a playful 3-year-old who currently lives with a loving foster family. They describe him as a gentle boy who is especially attached to his foster mother. He is becoming more curious and likes playing with things that have moving parts. In fact, in one of his check-up appointments,, Read More

It’s very hard to advocate for children you can’t see. That’s why Holt’s registration status in China is so critical. Jian stands leaning on a crib in a dimly lit room with high windows, while a half-moon of neatly dressed men and women hang on her every word. All around her, more cribs, each, Read More

Theo likes to break misconceptions. When I was told that the next child I would get to see in the orphanage was a 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and multiple lower limb issues, I automatically had a picture in my head of what this child might be like. The effects of CP can vary, Read More

We are excited to announce the first annual Holt International Scholarship Contest! Three adoptees will each win $500, thanks to the generous contributions of donors. This opportunity is open to any international adoptee who is a 2017 high school graduate planning to attend higher education, or any international adoptee currently enrolled in a university,, Read More

Declan is a healthy little guy with Down syndrome who came into care when he was about one month old. Energetic and outgoing, Declan will seek out others to play with and he is especially good friends with Carter, another waiting child in has care center. The two like to play together.

Now 13 years old, Jordan will soon age out of eligibility for international adoption. One afternoon, back in 2012, in a care center in Southeast Asia, a caregiver was going from room to room, tidying up while the children played nearby. As she finished up in the last room, she walked to the door,, Read More

Your child is sick. Horribly, deathly sick. Is there any worst nightmare for any mom — or any parent — anywhere? As an adoptive mom of four children with complex heart disease, Andrea Olson knows exactly what this feels like. “We loved her, played with her, listened as she called me ‘mama’ for the, Read More

Andrea Olson describes her two sons as among the best decisions she ever made. But she didn’t always love the idea of adopting boys… Even after she learned that it’s a myth that only girls need families. “Did these realizations make me yearn for a little boy?” she wrote in a 2014 blog. “No,”, Read More

On a recent trip to China, Holt social worker Amy Castle fell in love with an 11-year-old named Shane. Her heart broke for him as he witnessed his other friends at the orphanage prepare to meet their adoptive families and she couldn’t help but wonder, “When will it be Shane’s turn?”

Adoption is something we always considered we would do… some day. After several years of trying to have our own biological child, we realized adoption was going to be our next step. Adam and I went to several different adoption orientations. At first, we were planning to adopt a child domestically in the U.S., since, Read More