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.  We embark into a New Year, another holiday season come and gone. Festivities fading with the Christmas tree adorned in, Read More

When adoptee and physical therapist Kayla Covert travels to Ethiopia as part of a medical mission trip, she discovers the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself. We are constantly surrounded by privilege — the comfortable couch where we watch movies, the luxury cars that take us to work, and the gorgeous kitchens, Read More

Juliese Padgett was adopted through Holt in 2008 from Guangzhou, China when she was three. Now, as an 11 year old, she is sharing her first published book — a children’s story that encourages all kids to respect the differences in each other. And, she is donating all the proceeds to Holt to help children who are waiting for, Read More

Wow, what a fantastic National Adoption Month it has been! Thanks for following along and advocating for children with special needs! In the month of November, 172 families requested adoption information, 55 families submitted their adoption application, and 10 children from our waiting child photolisting were matched with permanent, loving families! We’ve also had a much higher, Read More

Adult adoptee Ying Lamb, now 22, shares her advice for children who come home at older ages, and for the families who adopt them.  Living in China, as a 13-year-old orphan about to be adopted, was a difficult feeling. My whole life — the hard times, and the good times — were about to, Read More

Through social media and the movie “Lion,” Holt adoptee Phillip Sais reunites with the woman who escorted him from India to his family in the U.S. when he was just 19 months old.  It was the day after New Years when a mysterious Facebook message appeared on Phillip Sais’ phone. “I was just sitting around doing my, Read More

After years of curiosity, 26-year-old Indian adoptee Shabana Deckinga travels to the country of her birth — bringing unexpected healing, and putting some long-held fears to rest. I set out on the trip back to India 24 years after my adoption. I was 2 and a half years old when I was adopted and, Read More

  Tamar Reisner-Stehman is one of three 2017 Holt Adoptee Scholarship winners! Watch below as Tamar performs the dance she choreographed about her adoption and the unanswered questions she has about her birth mother.

This summer, adoptee Calli Tilson went on the 2017 Holt Family Tour to Korea — her first time returning to Korea since she was adopted in 1999. And while there, she found home in an unexpected place…

While traveling on Holt’s 2012 Adult Adoptee Heritage Tour of Korea, Kim Buckley met the foster family that cared for her before joining her family in the U.S. This piece originally appeared in The Daily Nebraskan, the daily newspaper of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I found out why there is a stereotype of Asians being bad drivers, Read More