Holt does more than adoption?! A misconception we often hear is that Holt International is only an adoption agency. This probably stems from our long history in international adoption, but in truth, Holt serves far more children through programs that help them stay with their families. At Holt, we in fact consider international adoption, Read More

When a team of Holt donors travels to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to build homes for four of the most vulnerable families in the poorest district of the city, something so unexpected happens — so stunning and so moving — they decide on the spot to build one more. Amin-Erdene kneels down to zip up her, Read More

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.




On the cover of this year’s Gifts of Hope catalog, 10-year-old Gloria holds a goat her single mother received to help her build the strength and self-reliance she needs to independently support her four daughters. Gloria and her family live in rural Uganda, where graduation rates for boys still exceed that of girls, where girls, Read More

Education is the single most effective weapon against poverty. When children are educated, they are empowered to transform not just their own lives — but to break the cycle of poverty in their families and communities. But around the world, children face tremendous obstacles to their education and the sad truth is that millions, Read More

In the Philippines, children and adults with even common disabilities, like blindness, face stigma so great that it affects every aspect of their life, including their ability to find jobs, educational opportunities or even safe, adequate housing. Some families, like single father Romy and his two Holt-sponsored children, live in isolation from their broader communities — out, Read More

In the most impoverished communities of Manila, Philippines, Holt’s on-the-ground partner is working with at-risk families to build and strengthen small businesses. Because when parents can independently provide for their children, we know that families succeed and children thrive. Teacher Chris raises his hand to quiet his classroom of 15 children. The 4 and, Read More

When Holt adoptive mom Angie Ledbetter decided to sign up new sponsors for children as a volunteer at Winter Jam, she knew it would be a wonderful way to honor Judy Young — her family’s adoption social worker and Holt’s Arkansas/Kansas/Missouri branch director who recently passed away. She never expected the beautiful confirmation of, Read More

The most effective way to end child abandonment and reduce the global number of orphans is prevention.




We love — and I mean, whole-heartedly celebrate — when Holt supporters join together to find a family for a child who has waited far too long to feel the loving, nurturing attention of doting parents and siblings. When an orphaned or abandoned child gets a second chance at a family, that’s a truly amazing and, Read More