Trapped in debt
because of money lenders, Sheela thought she would have to close her food cart
— dismantling her dream and the business that supported her two sons. That is,
until someone gave her a Gift of Hope…
In a vacant lot on a busy street corner in Bengaluru, India
— in the midst of overwhelming traffic, blaring car horns and blistering midday
sun — Sheela smiles. Standing underneath a bright blue tarp, surrounded by pots
and pans and a stack of dirty plates, she is living her dream.
with cerebral palsy and placed in an orphanage at 10 months old, Analyn had a
small world — mostly consisting of the ceiling tiles above her crib in the
Philippines. But then, an unexpected intervention changed everything.
world was small. About four ceiling tiles to be exact. Ceiling tiles that she
stared at for hours and hours every day and every night from her crib at an
orphanage in the Philippines.
Holt’s director of
clinical services — Celeste Snodgrass — shares about adopting her son Max from
Thailand at 9 years old. While an adoption expert by
profession, Celeste affirms that no older-child adoption goes perfectly
smoothly. But it’s the perfect option for many families, and for children who
have been waiting so long.
Six-year-old Claire Peddicord has a heart condition and received heart surgeries both in China and once home with her family in Tennessee. But her parents, Kristin and Casey, have learned that one special need is even greater than her heart condition. It’s one that all waiting children have, and any loving adoptive family can meet.
In a sweet denim dress and a big yellow bow in her hair, 6-year-old Claire Peddicord walks hand-in-hand with her parents, Casey and Kristin, down the path from their Tennessee farmhouse to a nearby hay field. She climbs up on a hay bale and asks her dad to hoist her two little dogs up, too. She wants them to sit with her.
An hour later, she cartwheels across the living room floor as her favorite Toby Mac song plays in the background. Alternating looks of deep concentration and excitement play across her face.
At the end of 2018, we shared with you about three children in our programs who were experiencing the most heartbreaking, hopeless and urgent needs: Linh, a 13-year-old who became pregnant after a violent assault; Shenaz, a little girl in India who was grieving her father’s death and living in extreme poverty; and Jun Jun, a boy in China who desperately needed a surgery for his cleft lip.
Your outpouring of support and care for these three little ones amazed us. You gave generously. And because of you, Linh, Shenaz and Jun Jun’s lives have changed.
Keep reading to see just how powerful a difference you made in these children’s lives!
For children in China with a heart condition, immediate heart surgery is often their only hope. Adoptive mom Andrea shares about her son, Tristan, and how early intervention saved his life.
As the mother of four children born in China with congenital heart disease , I am intimately familiar with the critical need for early medical intervention — often in the form of heart surgery — for children with heart conditions.
My eldest son, Tristan, was the only one of my children to receive heart surgery while still in China, and this saved his life.
During a visit to Eugene last summer, adoptee Allison visited the Holt International office where she was able to learn more about the adoption process. This, paired with her own adoption story, inspired her to create an art piece for the Holt office as a way to say “thank you.”
“If you look on the very top of the globe where there are three people, there’s two that look larger [than] the smaller one in the middle,” Allison says, describing her piece of artwork that now hangs in Holt’s office in Eugene. “I was creating it to represent a family.”
Rebecca Tyler shares the highlights from her family’s 22 years of child sponsorship, and why they have kept sponsoring all these years.
Shortly after bringing our 18-month-old daughter home from Vietnam in 1996, we inquired about adopting a little girl featured in the Holt magazine. As it turned out, she had a family in process but needed another sponsor. We agreed to sponsor her and have been sponsoring ever since.