At a special library and after-school program in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, children growing up in poverty discover a love of reading — and so much more. Read the poems that several children wrote in gratitude to sponsors and donors for their beloved library, full of dreams.  Smiling shyly, 12-year-old Davaa brings her library book over, Read More

Because of your kindness and generosity, children growing up in a garbage dump in Mongolia have warm meals, nice new school supplies and are able to study just like other kids. Watch as the founder of the Red Stone School shares about this special sanctuary for children, and how you are helping them to, Read More

Mattrell’s Moves Do you know that moment when your favorite song comes on and you can’t help but move to the music? So does Mattrell! When music is on, you can find him busting some sweet dance moves and smiling from ear to ear.

This year, 65 children from our waiting child photolisting were matched with families! These 65 waiting children don’t have to wait anymore! Each of these children has some degree of special needs. Some are older, some have Down syndrome, some have HIV. But each and every one now has a family and that is, 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

When adoptive mom Cindy Lamb visits with students at the Yesus Mena Deaf School in Ethiopia, her fluency in sign language helps her communicate. But it’s another language that creates the most soulful connection.  This past October, my husband, Steve, and I had the rare privilege of participating in the perfect intersection of a, Read More

What do chicks, fish, a food cart and a garden all have in common? For one family in Thailand, it’s anything but luck.  “She’s a smart woman,” says Jintana Nontapouraya, the executive director of Holt’s longtime partner organization in Thailand. “Just unlucky.” Rada’s life was going well. She had graduated from technical school and, Read More

Little Levi Levi was born 14 weeks early, weighing just 2.87 pounds. But in spite of his difficult start he is moving forward like a champ! He was diagnosed with left ventricle dilatation and right closed-type schizencephaly, which causes the right side of his body to be weaker than his left. However, with the, 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

Brielle wants a family of her own. Brielle understands loss. When Brielle was only 11 years old, both of her parents passed away, leaving her with no choice but to live in an orphanage. Now she is 12 years old and constantly misses the personal love and care that only a permanent family can, Read More