1. 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.
  2. Children with Down syndrome tend to thrive in loving homes that help them access inclusive education, ongoing medical care, early intervention therapies and a community of accepting, positive friends and role models.
  3. Some health conditions associated with Down syndrome include heart issues, sleep apnea and increased risk of seizures. In the U.S., life expectancy has increased dramatically for people with Down syndrome to about 60.
  4. Some children with Down syndrome will become fully independent adults and some will need lifelong support. Most children experience mild to moderate learning or cognitive delays. All kids are unique, and will have different strengths, talents and characteristics.
  5. Nearly every city in the United States has parent support groups, community organizations and specialized services specifically for children and adults with Down syndrome and their families.

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Since coming home to her family last year, Devki Horine — who has cerebral palsy — has  amazed them with all she can do.  

Don’t tell me why you can’t. Let’s find a way you can.

Terry and Drew Horine say this is a mantra of sorts for their family. Since they brought their daughter, Devki — who has cerebral palsy — home from India last year, they have been amazed by all that she can do.

“When she first came home, getting up and down the stairs took her ten minutes, now it’s ten seconds,” Drew says — adding with, a chuckle, “She flies up and down them now – which scares me to death!”

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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 outside; in fact, when she can’t be outside, she likes to climb up on a chair to look out the window out of curiosity. Coco also likes to make art and her favorite method is with lots of colorful paint.

Coco is learning lots of new things and can follow instructions. She also learns through imitating those around her. That also comes out in her playful side and if you make funny faces at her, she will imitate those, too!

Coco is a fun-loving child who needs a family of her own to go exploring with, to be silly with, and to belong with.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Coco?

There is a $3000 Special Blessings Grant* available toward the cost of Coco’s adoption through Holt.

Request info about Coco today!

DOB: 01/20/2014 | China


  1. Kids with cleft lip and palate generally lead healthy lives, and clefts vary in severity. Some children will need less intervention than others.
  2. Many children will require several surgeries, and adoptive families should have access to good medical and orthodontia care.
  3. Cleft lip and palate repairs are not just cosmetic, and children may need ongoing access to ear and nose doctors, speech therapists and orthodontists.
  4. Children may face questions about their cleft lip and palate, speech differences or any visible surgical scars, and parents will need to help prepare their child to respond.
  5. Some waiting children will be able to have a full or partial cleft repair while still in their birth country! Regardless, their family will still need ongoing access to an excellent craniofacial team.

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Adoptive mom and physician assistant Kristen Gehring shares about her daughter Cora, what she’s learned about cleft lip and palate since Cora came home from China, and all the ways in which this “wonder of a child” completes her now family of five. 

Our family of four was at the Oregon coast on vacation with our extended family, playing in the water and lying in the sand, when we got the phone call from Holt that we had been matched with an 18-month old little girl from China.  Her Chinese name was Tongshan, which means “red coral.”  We named her Cora, all of us brainstorming together — a family of redheads.  We were immediately excited for our new family member and we readily signed our matching form, having well researched and studied the medical need of our daughter. Read More