Rituals to Help You Manage Stress – Facebook Live Discussion

We know that 2020 has been a stressful year, especially for parents!

Here is the recording of the live session with Marissa Robello and Carolyn Cain walking us through how to manage stress using rituals.

Thanks for watching! For more information about the supportive services we offer, you can contact us at: pace@holtinternational.org or FamilySupport@holtinternational.org

2020 Holt Adoptee Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to Grace Querido, Mei Vader and Grace Rafferty — our three 2020 Adoptee Scholarship winners!

This year, we asked applicants to submit a creative work based on the theme, “A Portrait of Me: An Adoptee.” They each won a $500 scholarship.

Grace Querido

For my piece I decided to paint the different facades of my identity. Growing up in a predominantly white town, it was rare to see other Asian kids let alone Korean kids with white parents. Because of that, I attended a Korean adoptee camp where I met other families that looked like mine, which was a really influential experience. On top of race, my religion made me special because I was usually the only Jew in class. I took my individuality as an opportunity to educate my classmates on adoption, Korea, and Judaism. I included my three different names because they’re the foundation from which I built the rest of my identity. I am fortunate that my parents took us on vacations because I learned I loved to scuba surf, and travel which I hope to continue in the future. The paw prints represent my love for animals and the volunteer work I did at a shelter. My artistic side is shown through my love of Broadway and painting. I was also able to express my athleticism through my high school’s cheerleading team. This painting is the perfect visual representation of who I am. Continue reading “2020 Holt Adoptee Scholarship Winners!”

Thomas is waiting for an adoptive family!

Thomas is an easy-going boy who is waiting for a permanent and loving adoptive family.

At 11 years old, Thomas is active and adventurous. He likes to eat all kinds of food, and especially loves chocolate milk. His caregivers say that he is very helpful and polite. He often volunteers to help out with some of the tasks around the orphanage. He also loves to have fun and one of his favorite games is hide and seek. Continue reading “Thomas is waiting for an adoptive family!”

Autumn needs an adoptive family!

Autumn is a sweet and sunny girl who loves to learn!

Her teachers describe her as smiley and well-behaved. Some of Autumn’s favorite activities include helping at home, family games and playing with her baby dolls. Autumn is very creative and enjoys drawing, crafts and puzzles. She is even learning to play the flute!

Autumn was originally adopted from China in 2014 and she currently resides in the United States. She has been through several transitions in her life and she needs and deserves a stable, loving family — the right family for her. The best fit for Autumn is a family that will make her feel safe and cared for. They should also have access to excellent educational and medical resources.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Autumn? To learn more about Autumn, please email waitingchild@holtinternational.org.

George Needs a Family!

Social and joyful George is waiting for a permanent, loving adoptive family.

At 15 months old, he holds up his head, rolls over and holds objects and toys himself! He is not yet using language and communicates through smiles and facial expressions. He loves to play with his caregivers, who describe him as active, extroverted and always ready with a laugh, especially when he is tickled and teased. He enjoys being around other people and thrives when he is accompanied by someone he loves.

The best fit for George is a caring family that is open to his special needs, including Down syndrome, and that can provide him with the support and resources he will need as he grows up.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for George? To learn more about George, please email waitingchild@holtinternational.org.

 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some adoption-related travel has been delayed. But the need for families is as great as it has ever been. If you are interested in adopting, don’t hesitate to request info or apply today!

Serving Children and Families In Times of Crisis

In recent weeks, Holt International, like all organizations, has felt the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic — both here in the U.S., and in our programs around the world.

But this is not the first crisis that Holt has weathered in our 64 years of serving children and families.

I think of the Vietnam Babylift in 1975, when our staff in Vietnam worked tirelessly to airlift children to safety as Saigon fell to the north. Or the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, when we helped secure emergency visas for children waiting to join their adoptive families in the U.S.

Through it all, we have never wavered in our mission to ensure a stable, loving home for every child. And although we are humbled by the challenges before us, this current crisis is no different. We stand fully committed to the children and families we serve, and will not rest until every child is safe in the arms of their permanent, loving family, here in the U.S or in the country of their birth.

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