Holt’s Special Needs Adoption Fund
Nathan came into Holt’s care with a cephalohematoma, a collection of blood under the scalp usually caused by trauma during birth. He also had developmental delays and partial seizures. When children with special needs are brought into the care of Holt International, it takes a special kind of love and commitment to make sure these children are provided for…it takes a tremendous amount of faith, as well. The loving caretakers need faith to believe that the children will survive and grow. And the children need faith that a permanent family who will love and care for them unconditionally is out there…waiting just for them.
Back in the United States, Andy and Angela Betts longed to hold one of these precious Waiting Children in their arms forever and, relying on their faith, they brought Nathan into their home and hearts.
“From the day we signed our application, we wanted to adopt a child with special needs,” says Angela. “For me, I felt like God was pushing us in that direction and God knew exactly what he was doing when he brought Nathan into our lives.
“Nathan has been home for a year and has grown so much. He has gone from not being able to sit up at 11 months, to walking and running around the house. Nathan has attached to us and formed a bond with each member of his family.”
Holt’s commitment, to do what’s best for every child, means putting extra effort into finding families for children with special needs. We reduce adoption fees for every child with special needs, and Holt’s Special Needs Adoption Fund helps families who need additional assistance to complete their adoptions. As a result, hundreds of children who might otherwise have no hope at all now have loving families.
Today Nathan is surrounded by parents and four siblings who love him unconditionally. The Betts family had faith that Nathan was meant to be a part of their family. And they had faith in people who give so generously to Holt and to funds like the Special Needs Adoption Fund. “You will never regret giving this wonderful gift,” says Angela. “The SNAF grant helped make us a family.”