Parting Words For a Place That Will Never Part From Me

As she prepares to move to Indonesia for an exciting new job, Holt Adoptee Programs Lead and adult adoptee Caitlin Howe shares some thoughts on her time at Holt.

Caitlin Howe (bottom left) during a video recording with other adult adoptees on Holt’s post-adoption team.

I remember my first interview at Holt. I actually remember all three of my interviews at Holt, each for a different position in a different department. After I completed my master’s degree in intercultural youth and family development, I knew that Holt was one of the few places in town where I could see myself working because of the international focus. After the first two attempts I knew that I had one more shot left in me before moving on in my job search. Continue reading “Parting Words For a Place That Will Never Part From Me”

Slideshow: Empowered Women & Girls Around the World

This International Women’s Day, March 8,  is a day to celebrate women and girls everywhere — to empower them to rise above gender-based discrimination, lift themselves from poverty and pursue their dreams.

Empowering women and girls is work that Holt donors support every day.

Here are just some of the amazing women and girls whose lives you are changing!


Give an International Women’s Day gift to empower a woman through job skills training, or help send a girl to school for one year! 

Top 5 Myths (and Facts) About International Adoption Today

Read about the top five misconceptions we hear about adopting a child internationally, and get the facts you need to begin your adoption journey empowered and informed! 

Myth: Infants need families through international adoption. 

Fact: Due to shifts in culture and greater efforts on the part of country governments and advocacy organizations, more children are now able to join domestic adoptive families — giving them the opportunity to grow up in the country and culture of their birth. In many countries, the central adoption authority designates the first 6+ months of a relinquished or abandoned child’s life to looking for a family domestically. Only then will they even consider international adoption for a child. We typically do not see internationally adopted children joining families before the age of 3 years old. Holt is primarily seeking families who are open to children ages 4 years and older at the time of arrival with their family in the U.S. Continue reading “Top 5 Myths (and Facts) About International Adoption Today”

Before Us, You Were There

When Robert and Kathryn Gray learned that their son received support from several Holt sponsors before he joined their family, they felt compelled to reach out and say thank you. They wrote a letter, and included several photos of their son now home with his mother, father and younger brother. 

This story originally appeared in Holt’s spring 2016 sponsorship magazine.

Chattrapat (center), now Robert, with his parents and brother in a photo sent to the sponsors who supported him before he joined his family.
Chattrapat (center), now Robert, with his parents and brother in a photo sent to the sponsors who supported him before he joined his family.

Dear Sponsor,

Chattrapat is now usually called Robert, but we still often use his Thai nickname as well. He is in a head start program at his daycare and he is a fast learner. He is very inquisitive and loves to play with cars, planes and blocks. He also likes to read books and has memorized the beginnings of several of his favorites. Continue reading “Before Us, You Were There”

The Importance of Preserving Your Adopted Child’s Historical Documents

Holt’s records administrator, Sunday Silver, shares why Holt keeps a secure file for every child we have ever placed through adoption, including how they came into care, any medical or birth parent information, etc., and why it’s so important adoptive parents preserve these documents, too. 

One of the hardest jobs we have in the post-adoption department at Holt is to inform an Adoptee that a birth search is not possible.

By the time Adoptees come to us about initiating a search, they have given it a lot of thought.  They are searching for connection — an answer to questions about their identity, where they come from and who they look like.  Some come to us knowing that the chance of locating a birth parent is not very high, and yet, they remain hopeful. Others come with a deep yearning to fill a hole inside them that can only be filled by reconnecting with the parents that gave them life. Continue reading “The Importance of Preserving Your Adopted Child’s Historical Documents”

FAQs About Holt’s Families Not Finances Campaign

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Holt’s new adoption fundraising and family recruitment campaign to help waiting children with special needs join families. 

What is the Families Not Finances (FNF) campaign?

At Holt, we believe money should never stand between a child and a loving family. That’s why we launched the Families Not Finances campaign — to help cover the cost of adoption for families who have the desire and capacity to care for a waiting child with special needs, but may lack the financial means to cover all the fees and expenses required to adopt. Continue reading “FAQs About Holt’s Families Not Finances Campaign”

For Families, Not Finances

Announcing Holt’s new adoption fundraising and family recruitment campaign to help waiting children with special needs join the loving, permanent families they deserve!

In an ideal world, money would never stand between a child and a loving family.

But far too often, that’s what it comes down to for families who would love to adopt but can’t.

As prospective parents, you may meet every eligibility requirement. You may have a stable home environment and the resources to meet a child’s physical and emotional needs. You understand the complexity of international adoption — or you’re willing to learn. You might be the ideal family — or single mom or dad — for a child with a particular medical or developmental need. You are flexible, adaptable, nurturing, patient and willing to go above and beyond to advocate for a child and ensure they have everything they need to thrive. Most of all, you have ample love to offer a child waiting for a family.

But the one thing you don’t have is $30,000+ to cover all the fees and expenses required — and necessary — to ensure an ethical adoption process. Meanwhile, the child you would adopt if only you had the money continues to wait in an orphanage or foster home.   Continue reading “For Families, Not Finances”

How The Adoption Tax Credit Can Help You Afford to Adopt

With tax season upon us, take a minute to learn about the Adoption Tax Credit and how this benefit can make adoption more affordable.

A form of federal financial assistance, the Adoption Tax Credit lowers your overall tax liability — up to $14,300 per adopted child in 2020! Although currently nonrefundable, any credit in excess of your tax liability may be carried forward for up to five years. In other words, if you don’t have $14,300 in tax liability one year, you can apply the remaining credit to your future taxes.

The credit covers qualified adoption expenses, which include:

  • Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
  • Court costs and attorney fees
  • Travel expenses (including amounts spent for meals and lodging while away from home)
  • Other expenses that are directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child

View this recently recorded webinar to learn more about how the Adoption Tax Credit can help you adopt! Recently, the National Council for Adoption also released an updated guide to Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit.

To learn about more ways you can fund your adoption, visit our financial assistance page here!