As 16-year-old Van Dai prepares to meet his adoptive family, and his adoptive family prepares to meet him, they share what they’re nervous about, what they’re excited about, and why they are so eager to finally meet one another. ­­­­Van Dai is 16 years old. He likes math, soccer and computer games, and is naturally good at, Read More

Holt vice president Jian Chen has made many visits to the Red Thread Group Home in China. But each visit breaks her heart a little — especially because of one beautiful girl who has a desperate hope. Paige longs for a family. “I don’t know how to face her each time I visit,” Jian, Read More

Mattrell’s Moves Do you know that moment when your favorite song comes on and you can’t help but move to the music? So does Mattrell! When music is on, you can find him busting some sweet dance moves and smiling from ear to ear.

Brielle wants a family of her own. Brielle understands loss. When Brielle was only 11 years old, both of her parents passed away, leaving her with no choice but to live in an orphanage. Now she is 12 years old and constantly misses the personal love and care that only a permanent family can, Read More

Adoptive dad Keith Guess shares about his family’s experience with older child adoption, how it differs from adopting babies, and how Spencer and Leo — two teen brothers from Vietnam — have adjusted to their new home, and their new life, in the U.S. Susan and I were not thinking about adoption when she saw, Read More

Could you be the right family for Tamika? Tamika is in 4th grade and loves to learn. Her teachers praise her for her work ethic and high marks on her assignments. Some day, she hopes to be a teacher so that she can help others learn!

Adult adoptee Ying Lamb, now 22, shares her advice for children who come home at older ages, and for the families who adopt them.  Living in China, as a 13-year-old orphan about to be adopted, was a difficult feeling. My whole life — the hard times, and the good times — were about to, Read More

Are you or someone you know the right family for Kit? Holt International recently announced a $3,000 Special Blessings Grant to help with Kit’s adoption! Two years ago, my daughter Joy and I joined a Holt Ambassador trip to China. Our group of mostly adults met over 40 children with special needs who were waiting for a, Read More

Like many children waiting for families in China, Shane was born with a cleft lip and palate. But it wasn’t long before his clefts were surgically repaired, and now, all he has to show for it are two small scars above his lip. When it comes to living life like any other kid, Shane, Read More

Joseph emanates joy; I mean, look at his smile! Joseph was born with a deformity of his left foot and ankle that prevented him from walking or getting around on his own. But after corrective surgery and receiving physical therapy, he can now walk without help from anyone — using a walker to get, Read More