Following a vigorous application process, Holt International is excited to announce that we’ve received special consultative status to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) at the United Nations (UN), credentials that will allow us to both influence and advocate for improved social welfare practices, orphan care and treatment of orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children, Read More

As a baby, sick from the effects of polio, Derek Parker was found at the gates of Holt’s Ilsan Center in Korea. The whole trajectory of his life changed when Molly Holt knelt down, picked him up and brought him inside… “There’s a child at the gate — come look.” This is the beginning, Read More

Jaylenn is waiting outside of his group home on a beautiful sunny day while the cherry blossom trees are still in bloom. He is eager to have visitors and greets the four of us with a huge smile and quickly ushers us into his home. Excited to see visitors, Jaylenn spins around a few, Read More

Knox Beard writes what he loves about — and what he’s learned from — his little brother, Tobin, who has autism. This post originally appeared on Anna-Marie and Brian Beard’s blog, pursuingtob.com.  Our eight-year-old, Knox, is an “old soul.” There is just a knowing that he has… like he can feel people and situations. He’s, Read More

Most of the children here don’t know they are HIV+. It’s too risky. Their teachers don’t know. Their neighbors definitely don’t know because if they did, they would have to move again. They’ve moved eight times in ten years, all 28 children. If their teachers knew, they would be isolated and discriminated against or, Read More

When a team of Holt donors travels to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to build homes for four of the most vulnerable families in the poorest district of the city, something so unexpected happens — so stunning and so moving — they decide on the spot to build one more. Amin-Erdene kneels down to zip up her, Read More

Bethany understands her need for a family very well. This joyful 13-year-old lost both of her parents when she was 4 years old, and moved in with her grandma, who she then lost when she was 9 years old. Now as Bethany approaches 14 years old, and is getting closer to the age at, Read More

Across China, many children with Down syndrome are waiting for loving adoptive families. Recently, our orphanage partners asked for help to find families for 16 children with Down syndrome, ages 10 months to 3 years old — each precious, each in need of a family to bring them home. There are Special Blessings grants, Read More

If we don’t find a family for Joey soon, he may be moved to an orphanage instead of staying with his foster family. Joey is a cute and giggly guy who likes to play and laugh with his foster family. The personal care and one-on-one attention he receives from his foster family is a, Read More

If we don’t find a family for Winston soon, he may be moved to an orphanage instead of staying with his foster family. Special Blessings Grant available for families who qualify!