Fostering Resilience During COVID-19

Greg Eubanks, Holt’s VP for U.S. foster care and adoption, shares how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting foster families and children this National Foster Care Awareness Month — and why we urgently need new families to say ‘yes’ to fostering. 

None of us imagined it would feel ‘normal’ to carry out our work in isolation, particularly when that work is so focused on human interaction and relationships. In Holt’s foster care program, we work every day with vulnerable children as our focus. These particular children live in our state, our county, and our neighborhood. Continue reading “Fostering Resilience During COVID-19”

Care You Can See, Every Day

Before Emerson could go home to her adoptive family, she needed to have heart surgery in China. While recovering, she stayed at Holt’s donor-funded medical foster home in Beijing, where the love and care she received made such a difference — her mom can still see it, every day.

When asked, adoptive mother Rachel Pace admits she doesn’t know a lot about the Peace House in China. Her 2-year-old daughter, Emerson, stayed at Holt’s medical foster home for only a short time. But circumstances surrounding Emerson’s adoption made the journey a bit of a “whirlwind.” Rachel had to learn a lot, in not a lot of time.

“Our adoption happened so quickly,” she says.  “And I didn’t feel like I was really able to learn a lot about the Peace House and the care they provide.” Continue reading “Care You Can See, Every Day”

Act Now to Help Find Families for Children

UPDATE: The deadline for the “Dear Colleague” letter has passed, but we will continue to provide updates on this legislation.  Thank you for being an advocate for children in U.S. foster care, as every child deserves a loving and secure home.

As we work to ensure every child has a loving and secure home, advocacy has remained a cornerstone of Holt’s work. To that end, we regularly support legislation that aims to improve child welfare standards, strengthen the rights of adoptees, and clears the path for more children to join permanent, loving families through adoption in the U.S. and abroad. Together, we can work toward a world where no child is left without a family.

This week, you can join Holt and help advocate for children in U.S. foster care who are waiting for permanent, loving families through adoption.

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Redbox Steps Up to Help Children in Foster Care Come Home

Watch Instant Family on DVD and help Redbox & WACAP

Last fall, the movie Instant Family was released in theaters. Inspired by the writer/director’s own experience as a parent who adopted a sibling group from foster care, the story was a surprisingly honest and unflinching look at the foster care system, both hilarious and heartbreaking.

As we move closer to the April 1st merger of WACAP (World Association of Children and Parents) into the Holt family, we grow increasingly excited about our expanding role in offering solutions for children in foster care, both in Oregon and Washington. We are joining forces to continue our shared mission and quickly finding new ways to share our mission with broader audiences.

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Instant Family: A Review From Foster Siblings

Instant Family.

 

As “Instant Family” hit the big screen, there’s been a lot of buzz in the adoption community — is this an accurate view of adopting from foster care? What do adoptees, kids in foster care, adoptive parents, adoption social workers and birth parents think about it? There are many roles to take into account, and we’ve enjoyed the conversation about it! Caitlin Howe, our adoptee programs coordinator, along with her brother — formerly in the foster care system — both watched the movie and wanted to share their thoughts. Continue reading “Instant Family: A Review From Foster Siblings”