Money should never stand between a child and a loving family.

Making It Possible for More Families to Adopt

At Holt, we believe love and the desire and capacity to care for a child, especially one with special needs, is what matters most.

That's why we launched the Families Not Finances campaign. It raises money to help cover the cost of adoption so families of all means can have the ability to open their hearts and homes to some of the world's most vulnerable children.

The Families Not Finances effort will fund grants of varying amounts up to $10,000. The grants are assigned to specific children with special needs on our waiting child photolisting.

The Special Needs Adoption Fund, a long-time Holt offering, is also being funded through the Families Not Finances campaign. These monies are available to families who demonstrate need and the funds are not attached to a specific child.

Funds raised by the Families Not Finances campaign will also help support other children with special needs who may not be on the photolisting but are in Holt's care.

Not ready to adopt? We hope you'll consider donating to this campaign to help a child find a loving family.

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Ask the Adoption Finance Coach

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 5pm PST on Zoom

Here's your chance to hear from Kelly Ellison, an adoptive parent and fund development professional in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years. She has a passion for helping families raise money for their adoptions. From this passion she created the Adoption Finance Coaching System.

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Stories About Special Needs Adoption


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Letting Love Win

When Jade and David Presnell felt called to adopt an older boy with Down syndrome, they learned to overcome their fears — and let love win.

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Older Child Adoption: An Expert Adopts

Holt's director of clinical services — Celeste Snodgrass — shares about adopting her son Max from Thailand at 9 years old.

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Holt International is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN: 23-7257390.