Help Holt Find Families for Older Children in Beijing!
How You Can Help — Join us in Beijing!
Families often ask how they can help Holt advocate for vulnerable children, and we are thrilled to offer this unique approach. During the first week of November, Marissa Leuallen, Holt’s social work manager for China, will be leading our second ambassador trip to China, and we are hoping to recruit five families to accompany her and advocate for older children in need of families! During the week, you will have the opportunity to spend several days getting to know a small group of children between the ages of 6-12. You will learn their stories and participate in outings and activities with them. And when you return to the United States, you will help advocate for these children, sharing their stories and their need for loving adoptive families. Holt will provide you with materials and ideas to help with your advocacy.
For a prospective adoptive family, it makes an incredible difference to hear from people who have met the children, played with them, know their personalities and have heard their laughter. Sometimes it simply takes another voice to help someone understand how truly special a child is. Our hope is that Holt’s ambassador program to Beijing will give these children the voices they need to find permanent, loving families of their own.
•The Ambassador trip will take place November 1st – 7th (US departure on 10/31)
•A family traveling on this trip could be a couple, a single adult, or a parent with an older teen.
•Families will spend 3-4 days with the children and their caregivers. Activities will be planned for those days and optional sightseeing will be offered on the remaining days.
•Holt will share the travel costs for Ambassador families. Families will need to arrange their own transportation to and from a West Coast airport (likely Portland, Seattle or San Francisco) and contribute $2,500. Holt will make all other travel arrangements (flight, hotels, meals, group outings) and cover most of the travel expenses, including some meals, transportation and activities.
•Marissa Leuallen has been with Holt International for 11 years. Kathie Stocker, also a Holt staff member, will accompany Marissa on the trip.
For more information about joining the Holt ambassador trip to Beijing, contact Marissa at firstname.lastname@example.org