Connected Parenting During COVID-19

A message to adoptive families from Holt’s clinical services team. 

During these times, we are being bombarded by recommendations geared towards keeping up with our children’s academic needs. Such recommendations, while important, often leave out the essential task of prioritizing connection and self-care.

Our children need connected/supportive parenting now more than ever, and providing this approach should be our top priority.

Why is this important?

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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. 

Why International Adoption is Still Needed

Until we live in a world where every child can grow up safe and loved  in a permanent, loving family, Holt will continue to provide and advocate for ethical, child-centered international adoption. 

Late last month, our fellow U.S. adoption agency Bethany Christian Services announced their decision not to renew their international adoption accreditation when it expires at the end of March 2021. In a blog post, their vice president of global programs, Kristi Gleason, shared how they prayerfully came to this decision after nearly 40 years of helping children come home to families through international adoption.

“The future of adoption is working with local governments, churches, and social services professionals around the world to recruit and support local families for children and to develop and improve effective, safe in-country child welfare systems,” Gleason wrote. Continue reading “Why International Adoption is Still Needed”

Bodin Needs a Family!

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Bodin?

When asked how they would describe Bodin, his caregivers said he has a sunny personality! Bodin has some special needs, but he is a fighter who never gives up. He has not had the opportunity to attend school as much as other children in the orphanage, but when he attended special education classes in 2018, he was loved by both his classmates and his teachers. Continue reading “Bodin Needs a Family!”

Dayton Needs a Family!

Could you be the right family for Dayton?

A few months ago, caregivers in Colombia sat down with 7-year-old Dayton to record a video Q&A with him. And just like Dayton, his answers were cute, confident and funny.

“Hello,” he said, confidently and punctuated. “I am Dayton. And I am 7 years old. And I have a good idea.”

“What’s your good idea?” his caregiver asked him.

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