You Have Always Been There

Did you know that November is National Adoption Month?While most sponsored children live with their birth families, a very small percentage of sponsored children are waiting to join a family through adoption. And for a child living without a secure family or permanent home, sponsors step in during one of the most vulnerable times in their life. You provide love for a child, making sure they are well fed and cared for while they wait to join a family through adoption. For adoptive families like the Nairs, the knowledge that someone loved their child before they were there is a comfort and an inspiration. Here is an excerpt from the letter they wrote to their child’s sponsor after they learned of their support:

Dear Holt Sponsor,I cannot describe the gratitude that our family feels for the support that you have provided over the past 2.5 years in our daughter’s life. With that, I wanted to take the opportunity to reach out to you and give you a personal and heartfelt thank you along with some updates on her. …

FINALLY, October 21st we were able to meet Nattanich in real life. She was super spunky, and even her social worker warned us that she was definitely in the midst of her terrible-twos! She wasn’t though. She was an angel. Still is.The saddest part of the whole journey was leaving her foster family. They were amazing people, and the support that you provided assisted them in providing a wonderful and loving home for our daughter. …

We have found out some fun things about her, which probably were NEVER covered in any report. She is terrified of dogs, scary movies like “Frozen” and hates pasta. Her first English word was Balloon. She LOVES spicy food, coloring, and her big brother. She is potty-trained at 2! She loves taking showers — baths, not so much. She loves swimming and I immediately enrolled her into swimming classes when she got home. She is a little fish! She is also one of the happiest little girls that I have ever met. She is all smiles and is as warm and loving as a child could possibly be. We have lots of family and she is always excited to go see her Grandmas and Grandpas and Aunties.We had a wonderful bonding experience in Thailand and returned back to the U.S. on November 1. Upon arrival, we changed her name to Eden Nattanich Nair. I went back to work in January and she has had a really easy time transitioning to her new life. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful little girl in our lives. …Thank you again and please don’t stop sponsoring other children,Lindsay Nair (and the rest of the Nair Family)

The impact you have on the lives of sponsored children and their families is incredible. This National Adoption Month, I would like to thank you for always being there for children in need around the world. Whether you help a child remain in the loving care of their birth family or care for a child while they’re waiting to join an adoptive family, you are truly a blessing, and your kindness and compassion will be remembered by children and their families for years to come.

For the children,

Phil Littleton | Holt International President & CEO

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