Rowan Needs a Family!

A $7,000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family bring Rowan home!

Rowan gets the joke.

Out of breath, and laughing, he has just demonstrated how easily he can skip on one foot — racing across the dining area in the orphanage where he lives in Southeast Asia. Breathless and thirsty on this humid January morning, he gulps down his cup of water. Still thirsty, he eyes my water and I push it toward him. Once Rowan’s downed his second cup of water, our photographer pushes his glass of water across the table toward Rowan as well.

We all laugh, including Rowan, through gulps of water. Continue reading “Rowan Needs a Family!”

Sam Needs a Family!

Sam Needs a FamilyA Wish with a Time Limit—Sam Waits for a Family

Sam’s best friend was adopted last year. Before his friend left the orphanage for a new life with his family, the boys took photos together, to remember. Sam gives his best wishes to his friend, and he also has some wishes of his own. “He wants to have a home, too,” his caregivers tell us. Sam would like to teach his future family to speak Chinese! Unfortunately, time is running short for his wish to come true — he urgently needs a family to bring him home before he ages out of the adoption process on his 14th birthday in October.

Sam has been living in the orphanage since he was a baby and most of his caregivers have known him since he was little. It’s no mystery to them why Sam is popular with his teachers and the other students at school. “We think he is very thoughtful,” they tell us. “He can control his mood when he meets something unhappy… He barely has conflict with others.”

Sam is an active boy who enjoys sports and running. He is missing a toe on one foot, but has no other medical concerns. His development is thought to be normal for a child his age. He attends middle school, where he studies Chinese, math, English, music, art, PE, geography and history and he earns average grades. Outside of school, he likes reading books and playing games, like Chinese checkers and chess.

Sam will need a family educated about issues related to older child adoption and the effects of institutionalization. A Holt social worker has visited Sam’s orphanage and can share about her experience with interested families! A $3000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family adopt Sam through Holt.

For more information about this special boy, please contact Holt’s China child match coordinator, Jessica Zeeb, and visit his photolisting profile!

10/6/04 | China


Hector Needs a Family!

Hector Needs a FamilyA $3,000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family cover the fees to adopt Hector!

Hector is a sweet 4-year-old who likes playing with the other kids in his orphanage and being outside. He imitates others and has learned how to say “baba” and “mama.”

When he was brought to the orphanage, he was diagnosed with Down syndrome, and his development was slow — but he’s been learning a lot! Now he can walk, jump, go up and down stairs, put on his own shoes and socks, and wash his hands before eating! Some of Hector’s favorite foods are soup and rice!

Hector needs a family that is open to the challenges that come with Down syndrome, and one that can keep up with his developmental growth. A $3,000 Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family cover the fees to adopt Hector!

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Hector? For more information about Hector, please contact Jessica Zeeb and visit his photolisting profile!

DOB: 8/5/13 | China

Dorsey Needs a Family!

Dorsey needs a family!

Just look at Dorsey’s Smile!

Dorsey is an active little guy who likes to move and wiggle! So much so that taking a picture without a little blur is nearly impossible (see above).

His first birthday is coming up on the 16th of February, and while I’m sure his foster family will celebrate it with him, the best birthday present of all would be to get the adoption process started with a family of his own! Continue reading “Dorsey Needs a Family!”

Griffen Needs a Family!

Griffen Needs a Family!
Could you or someone you know be the right family for Griffen?

Griffen is a cute 1-year-old who can only be described as “chill.” He loves to be held and getting cheek massages, and he regularly gets 10 hours of sleep in addition to a few naps throughout the day. He loves his foster mother who has been caring for foster kids like Griffen for 9 years. He is well cared for and in a very positive home environment for growth and development.

Griffen Needs a Family!When he was born, it was noted that Griffen had prenatal exposure to alcohol and tobacco. He also has plagiocephaly — a flat spot on his head — and although his condition won’t cause brain damage or interfere with his development, he has been receiving helmet therapy to reshape his head. As you can see, he can rock the helmet pretty well!

At his last checkup, he was 9 months old and was assessed at 5-9 months developmentally (6 months gross motor, 8-9 months fine motor, 8-9 months language, and 5-6 months personal-social). While he is a little delayed developmentally, his caretakers say he has been reaching milestones and making progress!

Griffen is well loved where he is, and is able to grow and develop, but not to the level that he could if he had a stable and permanent family. To reach his full potential, he needs the personalized attention that only a permanent family can provide!

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Griffen? His family will need to understand his prenatal and medical history and be able to provide any therapies and support that he may need! For more information about Griffen, please visit his photolisting profile and contact our adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe.

02/17/17 | NE Asia