After traveling to meet their former foster mothers in Korea, adoptee siblings Emma and Isaiah Perron finally understand what their parents always told them — “You were greatly loved in Korea.” This post written by Lisa Perron — Emma and Isaiah’s mom — originally appeared on catholicfam.org.
The first night our Korean-born son arrived home, he cried for his foster mother. Less than thirty-six hours before, he had woken up in the only home he had ever known, been brought to the Holt International Adoption Services offices, handed to a stranger, and traveled around the world to be placed in our arms. He had never seen us before and had no idea what was happening. After a very stressful first introduction to our dear son, we arrived home late from the airport. Soon the family was all sleeping peacefully in their beds — all except Isaiah and me. Continue reading “That Felt Like a Mother’s Love”
For some reason, the children with HIV stuck with him the most.
Last summer, when David Choi traveled to see Holt’s programs in China, he visited orphanages, special medical foster homes for babies, and group homes for kids with special needs.
But something about the children with HIV in the Nanning Group Home project — children who lost their families and now live together in a three-story apartment, hoping to be adopted — those kids touched his heart the most.
When 4-year-old Journi’s health started to deteriorate, donors made it possible for her to move from her orphanage to Holt’s medical foster home in China. Now that Journi is home — and thriving — her mom has a very special message for our Peace House supporters.
My husband, Brian, and I had been in our third adoption process for several months when we received a spotlight email with several precious little faces — all in desperate need of a family.
HAYDEN AND HER FAMILY is a documentary film that tells the story of the extraordinary Curry family — a family of 14 built through both biological and adoption bonds. The documentary follows Elizabeth and Judd Curry as they nurture their seven biological children and five adopted children from China and Vietnam. With a full house and a number of special needs to attend to, we watch as the Currys navigate the complexities of creating a diverse family, the challenges of integrating new members into the fold, and the rewards of embracing the humanity in all children. The Currys don’t think they’re special, however. As Judd Curry points out, “One of the assumptions is that you have to be special and different and noble to adopt. Well, no, you don’t.” Continue reading “Hayden and Her Family”
When we lived in our old house, there was a road I took daily that I would jokingly say should have been named after me. I said this because of the frequency of my vehicle on this particular road. I used it to take my kids to school, there and back in the morning. Then again, there and back midmorning for the preschool pickup and there and back again at the afternoon pickup for my oldest. Six times a day, my dirty black suburban could be seen on this winding road!! It was exhausting and I started to hate that road with a passion. The road itself was beautiful with its trees and its curves, but it was annoyingly predictable. Continue reading “The Road that Led to My Son – Haiti Adoption Story”
We know there have been a lot of changes in adoption recently.
Country programs are changing their eligibility requirements, the profile of children coming home is changing and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and give up.
One thing that isn’t changing, though, is the need. There are still so many kids who have been deprived of the love and protection that only a permanent family can provide. Each child is waiting for a family, and our mission is to find loving parents for those children.
Could you be the family that a child is waiting for?
If you are just in the beginning stages of adoption and aren’t sure what to do next — or if you are ready to move forward — talk to our adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe! She can give you free information with no strings attached — helping you learn more about adoption or guiding you through the first steps of the process.
Beautiful and kind, Mia makes friends easily — maybe because she is always willing to help out when there’s a need. Right now, Mia has an urgent need of her own. On September 6, she will age out of the adoption process. Mia needs a family to come forward before that happens! Continue reading “Mia Needs a Family!”