Holt International offers a variety of post-adoption programs for adoptees and families, including weeklong adoptee camps and a coaching and education program to help families navigate challenges. Below, adult adoptee Bre Linder shares her reflections on Holt Adoptee Camp while the Choate family shares about Holt’s Post-Adoption Coaching & Education program.
As a new adoptive family, you will likely experience both joys and challenges once your child comes home. And as your child grows up, he or she will probably have some questions — questions surrounding their adoption, race, identity as an adoptee or their birth family. You both may encounter issues that you’re not sure how to handle. But don’t worry, you won’t be alone.
Dawson is an active and easygoing teenager who enjoys playing sports, singing and reading. His friendly and kind personality is apparent to those around him. He just turned 15 years old, but he will become ineligible for adoption by next October. Dawson hopes to have a loving, permanent family of his own, and it’s urgent that we find the right family for him!
Thirteen-year-old Daniella has a big heart, and she loves reading, putting together puzzles and telling stories. Because of her age, she will soon age out of adoption eligibility. It’s urgent that we find a permanent, loving family for her! Continue reading “Daniella Urgently Needs a Family!”
Four-year-old Colt is a sweet and loving little boy. He’s a big fan of smiling, snuggling and playing with others! He’s also known for being a jokester with his caregivers. Colt needs a loving, permanent family who will give him the support and care he needs to thrive. Continue reading “Colt Needs a Family!”
Chantelle is a smiley, bright and kind 5-year-old. She enjoys drawing, but she also loves to dance, sing and listen to music! She is one of the children waiting for her permanent, loving family through adoption.
A Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family bring Chantelle home!
Meet Maurice! He’s a 12-year-old extroverted boy who loves to do anything involving art, dance and science. Even though he enjoys running and jumping around, he’s described as gentle, calm and affectionate. Maurice needs a permanent family who will give him the love and support he needs to thrive.
Isabelle is full of joy, laughter and kindness! The 13-year-old loves to talk, and she always has a smile on her face. Isabelle will soon age out of eligibility to be adopted and hopes to join a loving family of her own.
Edison loves to play games, tell jokes and ride his bike! He always has a smile on his face and he has a creative imagination when he plays. At 7 years old, he’s one of the children waiting for a permanent, loving family.
Watts is a smiley, joyful and playful little boy who loves to run around and be outside. As a 3-year-old, Watts loves to be around other kids — especially at his daycare! He is one of the children waiting for his permanent, loving family through adoption.
When you share your plans to adopt, there’s a good chance that you will hear lots of opinions and advice. And once in the process, you will go through 10 or more hours of training to help prepare you for the unique experience of parenting an adopted child. But when it comes to connecting with your child, some of the best advice you will hear will come from adoptees themselves.
Below, we share 7 pieces of advice from Holt adoptees Hannah, Taylor* and Alex*. Whether you are about to adopt — or are now home with your child — thoughts and insights from adult adoptees can help you build a stronger relationship with your child, and empower you to help your child build a healthy adoptee identity.