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.”
When I was told that the next child I would get to see in the orphanage was a 6-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and multiple lower limb issues, I automatically had a picture in my head of what this child might be like. The effects of CP can vary widely, but it’s one of those medical needs where it’s hard not to imagine the worst. Add to that his congenital leg deformities, and I found myself bracing for a tough meeting. Then Theo was brought in, and over the course of the next few minutes I was reminded how easy it is to limit someone based on a label. Read More
Kids and birthdays go together. Need proof? Just watch the video above, where we ask kids why birthdays are the best day of the year.
Birthdays are a great day to remind children how special they are, how much we love them and that they are making the world a better place, simply by being themselves.
But children living in an impoverished place or facing a difficult hardship, like the child you sponsor, may rarely have a chance to hear that they are valuable, precious and worthy of celebration.
They eat special treats, play fun games, spend time with their families and friends and open a present just for them.
But, it’s only because of kind and compassionate sponsors that this special day is possible. Read More
We are excited to announce the first annual Holt International Scholarship Contest!
Three adoptees will each win $500, thanks to the generous contributions of donors.
This opportunity is open to any international adoptee who is a 2017 high school graduate planning to attend higher education, or any international adoptee currently enrolled in a university, trade school, technical training program or other eligible educational pursuit.
To apply, please send your contact information to Holt International, along with an artistic expression that answers the question:
“How does or how has adoption shaped your identity?” Read More
One afternoon, back in 2012, in a care center in Southeast Asia, a caregiver was going from room to room, tidying up while the children played nearby. As she finished up in the last room, she walked to the door, put her hand on the knob and turned it. The door wouldn’t budge. She tried again. It still wouldn’t open. She pulled on it. Pushed on it, but, still, no luck. She was trapped. She took a deep breath and tried not to panic.
She knew what to do. Read More