What a Difference a Year Makes

adoption change in a yearThe first year home for a child and his or her adoptive family holds a lot of change, joy, difficulty, patience and love. But one year can make all the difference.

For a child living in an orphanage or foster home overseas, joining an adoptive family often means finally receiving the medical care they need to grow healthy and strong. It means going to occupational or physical therapy to begin to catch up developmentally. It means receiving the love, attention and nurturing care that they went without for so long.

All children have the potential to grow by leaps and bounds with each passing year. But for a child who was just adopted, this growth can be even more profound.

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Pandemic-Proof Care for Children

Ping urgently needed surgery. But due to COVID-19, he couldn’t travel from his orphanage to receive care in Beijing. That’s when Holt China staff, generous donors and local doctors stepped up to help — working remotely to ensure he receive the medical care he needed!

Three-year-old Ping lives in an orphanage in China and is a favorite among his caregivers and friends. He loves to give big hugs and greetings to everyone he meets. He is an amazing little boy.

Like many kids living in orphanages in China, Ping also has special needs. He was born with deformities in both of his wrists and hands. Two of his fingers were misplaced and he couldn’t move them, and his wrists bent all the way towards his thumbs.

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Ping in October when he first arrived at the Peace House.

Despite his limitations, he adapted and did his best.

“Even though he has special needs on his hands,” his orphanage caregivers share, “he tried his best to grab and eat fruits and dumplings.”

But Ping deserved to have the best care, and best future, possible. And doctors recommended that he receive surgery to help correct his hands and wrists.

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Tatum Needs a Family!

Tatum is 8 years old, lives in Colombia and loves to run and play. He is an expressive child who enjoys activities where he can use his imagination such as painting, coloring and building with modeling clay. He also enjoys running, jumping, climbing and playing soccer!

Watch this video to see him do a really cool move on the monkey bars!

Tatum is respectful of adult figures and follows the rules set at school and in his care home. He is shy at times, but works to use his words to share his feelings. His favorite color is blue and he dislikes tuna fish. He is working hard to catch up in school and learns best through stimulation and sensory exercises. Tatum needs a family who has access to excellent educational and therapeutic resources.

The best family for Tatum is one that can provide firm and loving parenting but also promote his love for active and spontaneous play.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Tatum? We’d love to tell you more about him! Email us at waitingchild@holtinternational.org.

Can a Sewing Machine Actually Help?

sewing machine in CambodiaWhen Narin’s dad lost his job because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Gift of Hope of a sewing machine saved their family.   

Narin’s family was empowered, independent and thriving.

At the beginning of 2020, they were doing well. They had food to eat, a stable income, the children were going to school, and 16-year-old Narin finally had the medical care he needed — all thanks to the generosity of Holt donors.

But then the coronavirus pandemic began. And their family plunged once again into crisis.

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Update: How You’re Helping Children & Families During COVID-19

From giving emergency food, water and medical supplies to supporting tele-counseling and more, you are doing amazing things to help children and families during this global health crisis. Here are the latest updates from the field.

Over the past few months, we’ve received lots of questions from you about how the coronavirus crisis is affecting children and families you help around the world.

In many ways, their lives may look similar to yours right now: children are home from school, parents are out of work or trying to find ways to work from home, they’re staying home — or wearing a mask when they have to go out in public. Parents and Holt staff in the field are teaching and reminding kids to “Wash your hands!” and “Don’t touch your face!”

But for children without families and families in poverty — the children and families you support — the effects of this coronavirus pandemic could have been devastating.

We’ve shared a lot about these needs, and you can read more about them here.

While the crisis is still ongoing and children and families will continue to face needs in the weeks and months to come, right now we want to share some good news…

Because of you, to date, our staff tell us that not one child in our programs has gotten sick from the coronavirus. Children who were hungry now have food. Families in crisis are getting the help they need! 

Here are just some of the amazing updates on children and families you’ve helped since this crisis began:

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URGENT: Amedee Needs a Family!

More than anything, Amedee wants to be adopted into a loving, permanent family. And she deserves the chance to have a family — a family that will love her and give her the emotional support she needs to thrive.

But she knows that in November, when she turns 16, she’ll become ineligible for international adoption and lose her chance! We need help finding the right family for Amedee.

Amedee is so cheerful and happy that you’d never guess that she’s had a difficult childhood. Her  teachers and caregivers in Colombia say she is kind and enjoys having conversations and playing games with her friends. She loves meeting new people and is a leader among her friends and peers.

A good student who enjoys a variety of extracurricular activities, Amedee love sports, spending time with animals and takings photos. According to her caregivers, Amedee’s favorite activities are reading and connecting with people around her.

The best adoptive family for Amedee will have a good understanding of older child adoption, have parented older teenagers, have strong and healthy conflict resolution skills, and have access to excellent educational and therapeutic resources.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Amedee? Email waitingchild@holtinternational.org to learn more about her!

Meg Needs a Family

Meg is an energetic, happy, darling 6-year-old girl who is waiting for a family of her own.

She came into care in China when she was just 9 months old and has been waiting ever since. As you can see in her video, she loves to run around, play and laugh. Her caregivers also describe her as strong willed, smiley, extroverted and talkative.

Meg has some developmental and cognitive delays as well as deformities in the fingers on both of her hands. But with the resources, care and love that she can only find in a family, Meg would thrive.

Right now, Meg attends a specialized school where she has learned to count up to ten. But her favorite thing to do at school is dance with her classmates!

Meg needs a family prepared to meet her physical and developmental needs. She needs a family that will play and dance with her and give her all the love she deserves. Could you or someone you know be the right family for Meg?

For more information about her, email our adoption specialists at waitingchild@holtinternational.org.