As she prepares to move to Indonesia for an exciting new job, Holt Adoptee Programs Lead and adult adoptee Caitlin Howe shares some thoughts on her time at Holt.
I remember my first interview at Holt. I actually remember all three of my interviews at Holt, each for a different position in a different department. After I completed my master’s degree in intercultural youth and family development, I knew that Holt was one of the few places in town where I could see myself working because of the international focus. After the first two attempts I knew that I had one more shot left in me before moving on in my job search. Continue reading “Parting Words For a Place That Will Never Part From Me”
Read about the top five misconceptions we hear about adopting a child internationally, and get the facts you need to begin your adoption journey empowered and informed!
Myth: Infants need families through international adoption.
Fact: Due to shifts in culture and greater efforts on the part of country governments and advocacy organizations, more children are now able to join domestic adoptive families — giving them the opportunity to grow up in the country and culture of their birth. In many countries, the central adoption authority designates the first 6+ months of a relinquished or abandoned child’s life to looking for a family domestically. Only then will they even consider international adoption for a child. We typically do not see internationally adopted children joining families before the age of 3 years old. Holt is primarily seeking families who are open to children ages 4 years and older at the time of arrival with their family in the U.S. Continue reading “Top 5 Myths (and Facts) About International Adoption Today”
When Robert and Kathryn Gray learned that their son received support from several Holt sponsors before he joined their family, they felt compelled to reach out and say thank you. They wrote a letter, and included several photos of their son now home with his mother, father and younger brother.
Chattrapat is now usually called Robert, but we still often use his Thai nickname as well. He is in a head start program at his daycare and he is a fast learner. He is very inquisitive and loves to play with cars, planes and blocks. He also likes to read books and has memorized the beginnings of several of his favorites.Continue reading “Before Us, You Were There”
At Holt, we believe money should never stand between a child and a loving family. That’s why we launched the Families Not Finances campaign — to help cover the cost of adoption for families who have the desire and capacity to care for a waiting child with special needs, but may lack the financial means to cover all the fees and expenses required to adopt. Continue reading “FAQs About Holt’s Families Not Finances Campaign”
Announcing Holt’s new adoption fundraising and family recruitment campaign to help waiting children with special needs join the loving, permanent families they deserve!
In an ideal world, money would never stand between a child and a loving family.
But far too often, that’s what it comes down to for families who would love to adopt but can’t.
As prospective parents, you may meet every eligibility requirement. You may have a stable home environment and the resources to meet a child’s physical and emotional needs. You understand the complexity of international adoption — or you’re willing to learn. You might be the ideal family — or single mom or dad — for a child with a particular medical or developmental need. You are flexible, adaptable, nurturing, patient and willing to go above and beyond to advocate for a child and ensure they have everything they need to thrive. Most of all, you have ample love to offer a child waiting for a family.
But the one thing you don’t have is $30,000+ to cover all the fees and expenses required — and necessary — to ensure an ethical adoption process. Meanwhile, the child you would adopt if only you had the money continues to wait in an orphanage or foster home. Continue reading “For Families, Not Finances”
With tax season upon us, take a minute to learn about the Adoption Tax Credit and how this benefit can make adoption more affordable.
A form of federal financial assistance, the Adoption Tax Credit lowers your overall tax liability — up to $14,300 per adopted child in 2020! Although currently nonrefundable, any credit in excess of your tax liability may be carried forward for up to five years. In other words, if you don’t have $14,300 in tax liability one year, you can apply the remaining credit to your future taxes.
The credit covers qualified adoption expenses, which include:
Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
Court costs and attorney fees
Travel expenses (including amounts spent for meals and lodging while away from home)
Other expenses that are directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child
An interview with Sue Liu, country director of Holt China, about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting children and families in China — and how sponsors and donors are meeting their most urgent needs.
How is the pandemic affecting children and families in Holt’s China programs right now?
When we ask sisters Mew and Nan if they’ve kept any of the letters they’ve received from their sponsors over the years, their mom already has them on hand. She gives a small stack of letters to each of her girls.
“No, that one’s mine!” Nan says to her sister, excitedly exchanging her stack of letters with Mew’s.
Mick, their social worker, laughs. “They know exactly which one is their sponsor!” she says.
Among the letters are birthday and Christmas cards, as well as well wishes for back-to-school season. The girls proceed to show us their stuffed animals and ride a small tricycle that they keep near the back door of their kitchen — toys they received because of the support of their sponsors.
In addition to providing these fun things, their sponsors are the ones who make it possible for Mew and Nan to go to school.
This is an excerpt from a longer story that appeared in Holt’s fall 2017 sponsorship magazine. Read it here!
Adoptive mom Elizabeth Curry describes her family’s journey to adopt Hayden, an older girl with special needs.
We were done adding children to our family; our plate was very full. Our twins, who were our eighth and ninth children, were just two, and a couple of our other children required some fairly intense parenting as well. Besides being done adding children, we didn’t qualify for most programs due to our over-capacity status. I wasn’t even tempted to look at waiting child lists because there was no point. Did I mention we were done? Which is why I was a bit surprised to find myself scrolling through a long list of children who needed families. Continue reading “Hayden’s Adoption Story”
A command radio and radar repairman for the U.S. Air Force, Clare Graham was just 20 years old when he found himself stationed near Seoul during the last year of the Korean War. On his rare days off, Clare and his buddies would sometimes drive the 30 miles into Seoul to find ice cream — a nearly unheard-of treat in Korea in 1954. But one day in April, he decided to stay close to base. He headed out for a walk, and it became a walk he’d never forget. Continue reading “A Sponsor Story That Began in Korea, 1954”