On this blog, we share stories and updates about our work around the world. With reporting from Holt staff in the U.S. and overseas as well as contributions from adoptive parents, adoptees, sponsors and supporters, we strive to represent the heart, life and experiences of our extended “Holt Family.”
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!”
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.
DOB: 01/20/2014 | China
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