Could you be the right family for Tamika? Tamika is in 4th grade and loves to learn. Her teachers praise her for her work ethic and high marks on her assignments. Some day, she hopes to be a teacher so that she can help others learn!

Are you or someone you know the right family for Kit? Holt International recently announced a $3,000 Special Blessings Grant to help with Kit’s adoption! Two years ago, my daughter Joy and I joined a Holt Ambassador trip to China. Our group of mostly adults met over 40 children with special needs who were waiting for a, Read More

Most children with Down syndrome grow up to live long, happy lives — and many will hold jobs, live alone, marry and enjoy all the same things in life as any other person. Children with Down syndrome tend to thrive in loving homes that help them access inclusive education, ongoing medical care, early intervention, Read More

Coco is a sweet 3-year-old who was born with Down syndrome. When she was just six months old, she came into care at an orphanage in China. Her time in care has helped her grow strong and healthy, and she has a very good appetite! She is a very active child and loves being, Read More

Kids with cleft lip and palate generally lead healthy lives, and clefts vary in severity. Some children will need less intervention than others. Many children will require several surgeries, and adoptive families should have access to good medical and orthodontia care. Cleft lip and palate repairs are not just cosmetic, and children may need, Read More

Like many children waiting for families in China, Shane was born with a cleft lip and palate. But it wasn’t long before his clefts were surgically repaired, and now, all he has to show for it are two small scars above his lip. When it comes to living life like any other kid, Shane, Read More

If you’re considering adopting a child with cleft lip and/or palate, you probably have questions: What is a cleft? Can clefts be repaired? What are the medical procedures? And what does a repaired cleft look like? Many of the parents of the children below had the very same questions at the beginning of their, Read More

Joseph emanates joy; I mean, look at his smile! Joseph was born with a deformity of his left foot and ankle that prevented him from walking or getting around on his own. But after corrective surgery and receiving physical therapy, he can now walk without help from anyone — using a walker to get, Read More

This year for National Adoption Month, we are shining a spotlight on special needs. All month long, we will share videos and stories that demystify some of the most common — or most misunderstood — special needs, from cleft lip & palate to HIV to children who are older in age when they come, Read More

Amy Castle, Holt’s administrative social worker for the China program, recently visited a new orphanage partner for Holt in China. Very few children at this orphanage have joined families through international adoption, and many of them are older and some have manageable special needs. Below, Amy shares about her experience meeting these children, including, Read More