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


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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Free TBRI ® On-Demand Trainings Through May!

Hi Holt Families!

We hope you are settling into your new responsibilities … like educating children from home, changes at work, keeping tabs on best ways to stay safe and healthy. Let’s be real here – this is A LOT to handle! Stress is high and children are on high alert. For those of you who have adopted recently, you’re still working through the process of attachment, grief, integration and healing. A global health crisis is not making any of it easier. Continue reading “Free TBRI ® On-Demand Trainings Through May!”

An Easter Message from Phil Littleton

Hi there Holt Families and Friends,

I hope you are well, and keeping the faith, that things will get better. I’m Phil Littleton, president of Holt International.

As we head into this Easter weekend, I imagine your plans look a lot different than past years. No Easter church gatherings in-person, no community egg hunts for the kids, and no meals with extended family and friends…

At a time when so many of us typically gather together in a spirit of hope and renewal, and celebrate the risen Christ – many of us are now feeling a sense of fear and uncertainty.

Please know – that you are in our prayers in these uncertain times.

Also in our thoughts and prayers — now more than ever — are the children and families, and orphans, that we serve together with you around the world. Because they, too, are feeling and experiencing all of these things.

But for many of them, this crisis has an exponentially greater effect.

Children and families who were safe and stable a month ago are now in desperate need because of this pandemic:

  • In India, mothers are calling our partners in tears because they have no food for their children.
  • In Mongolia, children who used to spend their days safely learning at school are now back, spending their days in a garbage dump, rummaging for food or recyclables to sell.
  • In Haiti, parents are out of work and have no way of feeding their children.
  • And in many countries, adopted children are waiting longer in orphanages because their families can’t travel to bring them home.
  • Our orphanage partners are now scrambling to purchase enough medical supplies to protect the children in their care, and our staff in country are doing everything they can to deliver food to hungry families. But they desperately need our help.

So this Good Friday and Easter weekend, will you join me in lifting these children and families, and our staff and partners, up in prayer? Because of Easter, because of Jesus, we can be people of hope during this time of fear and uncertainty.

If you can, will you also please consider give a gift — as generous as you can — to help meet the urgent and unforeseen needs that children and families are now facing?

It’s easy to feel powerless in times of crisis. But when we come together in faith, we have the power to help children and families in gravest need around the world. Thank you for continuing to care about and help children in these uncertain times. Thank you for continuing to extend hope.

From me and all of us at Holt, I wish you and your loved ones a joyful, hopeful Easter.

Derek Needs an Adoptive Family!

Derek needs an adoptive family!

Derek is a sweet and shy boy who prefers to be with his caregivers to meeting new people. He loves eating steamed buns and is described as having a “great appetite.”

Derek has hearing impairment in both ears, and hasn’t had access to therapy or learned sign language, so he has difficulty communicating his needs. He also has some other medical needs and a seafood allergy.

Once comfortable, Derek loves to play with toys and sit in the rocking chair. This precious boy needs a family that can provide the love and resources he needs to thrive!

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Derek? For more information and to see more photos and videos, please visit his photolisting profile or email us at

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!

News from our Orphanage Partners in China

Over the last week, over 700 donors came together to provide urgently needed medical and cleaning supplies to protect the 600 children in care at our partner orphanage in Wuhan, as well as seven other orphanages in China’s Hubei province — the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.

We just received photos and videos from our partner orphanages, showing how these supplies have gone to use to protect children from this deadly virus! All children in care at all of our partner orphanages in China are reportedly healthy and safe.


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Indian Adoptees Reunited After 30 Years

Thrity-one years ago today, Christina, Rekha and Deborah, along with two other Indian Adoptees, arrived in the United States.  They were escorted from India by the Poindexter family who took on an adventure of a lifetime. Since that day in December 1988, 30 years ago would go by before the women would be able to reunite in person with each other and then with the family that forever changed their lives. As we sat down with these young women we learned so much about their resiliency, heart and determination to find pieces of their past in each other. They were together from the beginning and the connections that formed as babies in India has blossomed into a friendship that is remarkable and deep.

Happy Adoption Day Christina, Rekha and Deborah! Your story is so important and we are proud to be able to share it with the world.