On May 3rd, four Americans will travel with Holt to the Philippines to meet 14 older children who need families. Since 2011, Holt’s Philippines Ambassador program has helped children find loving families in the United States.
Holt started this special adoption program as a way to increase home-finding efforts for older children and sibling groups living in Holt’s care in the Philippines. The ambassadors, chosen by Holt, spend a week bonding with the children then return to the U.S. to help the children find loving families.
This year, Holt is blessed to have a diverse group of volunteers joining us on the ambassador trip.
Susan Voss-Rothmeier, from Portland, Ore., is a licensed clinical social worker, adoptive parent and former Holt employee. About the upcoming trip, Susan says she is “excited to join the ambassador program and looks forward to connecting families to children in need.”
A resident of McMinnville, Ore., Larry Vollmer is a Holt adoptive parent and works as a sales manager for a rubber and supply company in Portland. He is also on the McMinnville school board of directors.
Marsha Castino lived over 20 years in the Philippines and is fluent in multiple Philippine dialects. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education and a bachelor’s in management and organizational leadership. In addition to growing up in the Philippines, Marsha also adopted 3 daughters while living there during the 70s and 80s. She is so thankful to be involved again with this adoption ministry, and to be returning to the Philippines as a part of this ambassador team. Marsha currently lives in Vancouver, WA, where she is a teacher.
Hayley Friedman runs her family’s insurance business in Elk Grove, CA. Mother to 5 children, one adopted from China, Hayley is also a certified massage therapist, a skill she acquired in an effort to help her adoptive child cope with the changes in her life. By the grace of God, I go!” Haley says about the upcoming trip. “I look forward to being the Lord’s hands and feet, serving the [ambassador] group and the children in this program.”
The ambassadors will spend a week getting to know an 11-year-old girl, as well as four sets of sibling groups, all who need extra help joining families in the United States.
In the coming weeks, we hope to share with you more about the ambassadors’ experiences in the Philippines as they get to know these 14 incredible children.