Holt does more than adoption?! A misconception we often hear is that Holt International is only an adoption agency. This probably stems from our long history in international adoption, but in truth, Holt serves far more children through programs that help them stay with their families. At Holt, we in fact consider international adoption, Read More

We are excited to share that little Liu — now Penelope Lian — is home with her family in New Jersey! Earlier this year, sweet Penelope was living at Peace House, Holt’s very special, donor-supported medical foster home in Beijing. Because Penelope was born premature and experiencing global delays, Peace House offered a more nurturing alternative, 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

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

Through family reunification and sponsorship, children living in orphanages or in the slums of New Delhi receive the love, support and resources they need to thrive.   Paavai’s parents died when she was 2 years old, and for the past 10 years she and her two brothers have lived with their elderly grandmother. Her, 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

Around the world, most children come into care not because their families don’t love them, but because they can’t care for them. And far too often, they reason they can’t care for them is because their children have special medical or developmental needs. But through the innovative programs of one longstanding partner in Mongolia, Holt supporters are working to, Read More

The story of a boy named Spencer and all the people who came together to help him become the active, independent, outgoing kid he always had the potential to be. I met Spencer Morrow seven years ago at an orphanage in northeastern China. It was my first trip for Holt as the senior writer, Read More

In Cambodia, there are many threats to family stability, and when parents or grandparents fall into hardship, they are forced to make difficult decisions about how to ensure their child or grandchild’s basic needs are met. In desperation, many parents will take the last resort — relinquishing their child to orphanage care. But through, Read More

I am so proud of all we’ve accomplished this year. Together, in partnership with you, Holt has impacted the lives of nearly 100,000 children all around the world. But so many children are still growing up without the love and stability of a family, and the resources they need to thrive. Our work is, Read More