In fact, this silhouette that we use to represent her is nothing close to reality. Unlike this bland and formless photo, she is bright eyed with a grin from cheek to cheek, and if you could see her, you would be able to tell that she is so full of joy! Instead of pigtails, she wears her hair in a short pixie cut, and loves brightly colored dresses. We wish you could see Aubrey and understand what we are talking about, but the adoption authority in her country doesn’t allow us to share her photo on social media. However, if you request information, you can see the photos we have on file for Aubrey and get a glimpse of her personality! Continue reading “Aubrey Needs a Family!”
Through family reunification and sponsorship, children living in orphanages or in the slums of New Delhi receive the love, support and resources they need to thrive.
Paavai’s parents died when she was 2 years old, and for the past 10 years she and her two brothers have lived with their elderly grandmother. Her grandmother has a tea stall, which is their only source of income, and she worries what will happen to her grandchildren when she passes away someday.
Eleven-year-old Vaishali lives in an orphanage. Her mother passed away and her father is incarcerated. Vaishali would live with her grandparents, but between her grandfather’s leg injury that left him unable to work and her grandmother’s meager salary, they don’t make enough to support her.
Ever since Aadita’s father passed away from tuberculosis, her mother has had to work two jobs — one at her tea stall and the other as a door-to-door housemaid — in order to support Aadita and her four other children. Aadita’s mother cares deeply for her daughter and hopes she will not have to be a housemaid someday, too.
These three girls all live in New Delhi. And for one reason or another, they are vulnerable — vulnerable to growing up without a stable family, vulnerable to dropping out of school and vulnerable to extended poverty.
At the beginning of November, to kick off National Adoption Month, we shared a collage of all the children on our waiting child photolisting — just a small glimpse of the hundreds of children who we are seeking families for at any given time. We hoped it would kindle a passion in our supporters to help advocate for children who need loving families of their own. And it did!
You shared our waiting child stories. You reposted our advocacy blogs. You helped us tell the story behind each and every photo that we featured on social media during National Adoption Month.
The photo above represents the number of children from our photolisting that we have — thanks in part to your advocacy — matched with families so far in 2016. The black and white blocks represent the children who now are, or soon will be, part of a loving and secure family. The ones in color represent the children who we still need your help advocating for.
In total this year, Holt has matched 86 children from the photolisting — and another 200+ directly with a family! This is something to celebrate!
But we seek a world where every child has a loving and secure home. And until that day comes, we intend to keep working hard to advocate for the children left behind — and we ask you to join us.
One of the best ways that you can support our advocacy efforts is through sharing the stories we post about waiting children. That can be anything from pressing “like” or “share” on Facebook to leading an informational meeting in your community. Creativity is encouraged and we look forward to hearing what you come up with!
Thank you again for your heart and compassion for children who need families. Allied with you, we can achieve anything!
We are now seeking families for children in India! We are accepting applications for:
Children 4 and older, especially boys, with many children older than 8 with and without special needs waiting for families
Children with moderate to major special needs
We are seeking Non-Resident Indian (NRI) families open to adopting children of all profiles, including infants and older children (4-8+) with and without special needs (NRIs must have current Indian citizenship)
The children of migrant families are some of the most vulnerable in India, and they are often excluded from schools and at risk of exploitation, trafficking and abuse. Recognizing the needs of this growing population, Holt’s partner in the region completely refocuses their efforts, using education as a transformative tool.
Avni pulls her husband and son’s stiff, sun-dried pants and shirts off the frame of wooden scaffolding built outside her home. She climbs the seven unfinished concrete stairs, and drifts through the wide, cement hole where a double door and massive picture windows will someday lead into the lobby of a six-story apartment building. But, at that point, her family won’t live here anymore. It will be time for them to move on in search of another job, and another home.
Avni is 26 years old, and the mother of three children — an 11-year-old daughter and two sons, Basha, 9, and Mapasha, 6. She is strikingly beautiful, and has a kind, shy smile that peeks through the whole time she speaks, the little ring in her nose glistening. Her feet are bare under her purple sari, except for a thin, gold toe ring, which married women commonly wear in India as a token of luck in marriage.
Avni and her family migrated from their rural village to Bangalore, India six years ago for work, hopeful that they could find better jobs and make a better life for themselves and their children.
Welcome to the first week of National Adoption Month! — Celebrating Adoption!
In case you missed it, here is a reminder of this month’s National Adoption Month plans:
Week 1: Celebrating Adoption!
Week 2: Affording Your Adoption – gain helpful tips and resources
Week 3: Post-Adoption Services – explore Holt’s expanding range of services
Week 4: Re-cap and Reflection
Your participation is essential to the success of this campaign. We share the information. You help take our message viral!
In honor of our first week, we bring to you a special adoption video.
Beth Anne and Chris Schwamberger brought their son, Holden, home from India last year. They knew adopting a boy with lower limb paralysis would be challenging, but their love, and Holden’s perseverance and heart, made them a strong family of three!
The Schwamberger family’s story gives us reason to CELEBRATE!
An excerpt from Beth Anne Schwamberger’s blog:
Holden is smart. Guys, he is seriously so smart. He has an adorable sense of humor, and he will talk your ear off once he gets to know you. He is creative — always coming up with a new way to play a game, or a new way to get himself around in this world. He is joyful. I have seen so many things roll off of this child’s shoulders without him even giving it a thought. (Yes, we’re still working on joyful sharing, but this is kind of the first time he’s ever had anything to share…) He is kind and compassionate. When he sees someone cry, whether in real life or a TV cartoon, he makes a sad face and says, “it’s ok.” He loves to give messy yogurt-face kisses and belt out, “You are so beautiful……to meeeeeeeeeee!” He is determined. When he falls off his scooter or hurts himself playing, he is right back up 90% of the time, saying “try again” through tears.
Honestly, I could go on and on.
The message here is: I know parents who would give anything for a child who could talk to them.
I know parents who would give anything for a child who could live.
We are blessed, and Holden is blessed.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
the Lord bestows favor and honor;
no good thing does he withhold
from those whose walk is blameless.
12 Lord Almighty,
blessed is the one who trusts in you.
~ Psalm 84
We are far from having a blameless walk, yet still, we are blessed.
Let me make one thing clear, in talking about Holden’s disability: the sorrow I feel is not for me.
I don’t feel sadness in Chris and I not having a “typical child”. We chose Holden. Out of all the children in the world, we wanted him. We wanted him more than we wanted a biological child, and we still do. He was our first choice. Period. We think he is exquisite and perfect.
Did you know that many boys with varying degrees of special needs are waiting for families right now! They all deserve a closer look. Visit our waiting child photolisting today! Or join one of our webinars. On November 25th, Holt’s China team will conduct a webinar featuring 50 children, mostly boys, who are waiting for families. Join the webinar and meet them!
Thirteen years after they adopted their daughter Amanda from India, the Roullier family travel back to her birth country.
by Penny and Bill Roullier
Our international adoption journey started 15 years ago when we learned about a tragedy in an orphanage in the Philippines. Several children had died in a devastating fire. Our hearts were stirred, and we decided to look into adoption. Holt International, at the time, was the only agency providing international adoption services in our state. We filled out the preliminary paperwork, and Holt recommended we adopt a girl from India. We had two biological sons, Zachary, 4, and Quincy, 2.
After another round of paperwork and a home study, we waited to hear from Holt with a referral for a little girl. Shortly thereafter, the Holt magazine arrived. We eagerly flipped to the section featuring children waiting for families. Our eyes stopped on a beautiful little girl in India named Mukta who was a year old. Immediately, we called Holt. And we qualified for her! In addition to her medical and developmental records, Holt sent us pictures of the beautiful little girl who would become our daughter.
After reviewing the records with our social worker, she recommended we proceed with the adoption. She was impressed with the detailed evaluations and reports kept by Mukta’s caregivers and felt they had provided us with more information about Mukta than most families adopting in the USA have about prospective children.
One of Holt’s legacy partners in India inaugurates a new childcare facility in Aurangabad.
For over 30 years, Holt has partnered with local leaders and childcare specialists to help care for orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children in India. When Holt staff arrived in India in 1979, one of their first efforts was to help establish a residential childcare facility in Pune, Maharashtra, a state in West India. Here, our new partner agency – Bharatiya Samaj Seva Kendra (BSSK) – began providing care for homeless children. Through the years, Holt has found loving families for many children once in care at BSSK, while the staff at BSSK has continued to grow and diversify their services for children and families in need.
Today, BSSK remains a significant part of our history and legacy, and we are so proud of their accomplishments in caring for homeless children.
Earlier this month, BSSK celebrated one of their most recent accomplishments – building a new facility for homeless children in Aurangabad, a city near BSSK’s headquarters in Pune. For several years, BSSK has supported a branch in Aurangabad, but over time conditions of the care facility began to deteriorate. It was also too small for the 25-35 children who typically reside there.
“At BSSK, we believe that the children who come into our care should have a spacious, well-ventilated and comfortable home,” says Roxana Kalyanvala, executive director of BSSK. Thus, she says, they built a new home.
In 2006, Roxana and her staff began looking for a piece of land in Aurangabad for the new childcare facility. They approached the local government to help keep the land purchase at a reasonable cost, and raised funds for any remaining expenses. Finally, they secured a low-cost piece of land through a local industrial development corporation.