Milo needs a family

Milo is artistic, sweet and kind, and he has waited many years for a family to call his own. Next spring, Milo will age out of eligibility for adoption from China! Please share his story to help find his family now!

Two weeks ago, Holt’s director of China programs Beth Smith traveled to Nanjing Municipal Welfare Institute to meet children who need additional advocacy to find permanent, loving families. One young man stood out immediately. Although he has lived with a foster family in China since he was 5, this now 13-year-old boy recently moved to a government-run orphanage so he could attend a school more tailored to his needs. Milo has an outer ear deformity and near total hearing loss, so during his meeting with Beth he read her lips and spoke quietly in response to her questions. After the meeting, Beth saw Milo crying with his foster mother, who had come for a visit. Soon, Milo’s foster mother was in front of Beth with her foster son by her side. The foster mother explained to Beth that Milo was crying because he didn’t feel like he had done a good job presenting himself to Beth. Of course, talking with Beth isn’t a test, but Beth was touched by Milo’s sensitive response and wanted to help him feel better. Beth asked Milo what he wanted to do, and she was shocked when he said he wanted to sketch a picture for her — of her. Beth sat down, and watched as Milo completed a sketched portrait of her.

“I left our meeting feeling very strongly that there is a family out there for Milo,” Beth says.

Beth is back in the United States, but her memories of Milo bring a smile to her face. Milo needs a family — a permanent, loving family who can foster his artistic talents and provide the medical care he needs to help his hearing loss. But Milo doesn’t have much time! He will age out of eligibility for adoption from China next spring, so we need to share his story and help find his family now.


DOB: 3.31.2001, China

Milo is a sweet and gentle teenager who has been waiting many years for a family to call his own. Authorities found Milo abandoned near a factory when he was just a few months old, and he lived in an orphanage until he was 5 years old. In 2006, Milo joined a loving foster family — complete with a foster mother, father and three younger siblings. He thrived in his foster family, and was very caring toward his foster siblings. Milo hasn’t learned sign language, and because his hearing loss and outer ear deformity aren’t life threatening, he hasn’t met with a doctor to explore whether hearing aids or surgery might help him hear better in the future. While he does have a heavy speech delay, Milo communicates well by reading lips.

Creative, with a natural knack for understanding how things work, Milo likes art and mechanics. He likes to take apart and reassemble toys and electronics — he even fixed the television in his foster home a few times. Conscientious and sensitive, Milo is quiet and a little introverted, but friendly and kind. He has lots of friends at his school, and he does well in his studies. He takes time to care for others, especially younger children. Milo also likes running, badminton and table tennis.

Now, Milo needs a family of his own — and soon.

Milo’s ideal family will understand his medical and therapeutic needs, and have access to the resources he will need to thrive. To adopt Milo, applicants must be 30-54 years old and meet an income requirement of $30,000 plus $10,000 per additional family member, with $80,000 net worth. More than four children in the home may be accepted. *See country criteria for complete requirements. Families with eligibility concerns may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

For more information about Milo, contact Marissa Leuallen at or


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