David Archuleta Visits Holt’s Programs

David Archuleta with a sponsored child.David Archuleta travels to the Philippines to meet children and families in sponsorship.

“It blew my mind to see homeless children on the street,” music artist David Archuleta says, still struck a year later. “Kids sleeping in cardboard on the side of the road…”

Though he knew about the difficulties children and families face in urban Manila, Philippines, it shocked him to see this level of poverty first-hand.

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From Holt Adoptee and NPR Reporter, Ashley Westerman

NPR Morning Edition reporter and Holt adoptee Ashley Westerman reported a story about international adoption — its beginnings, issues that have arisen and the current outlook for children who are orphaned or abandoned. In part two, she shares about her own personal reunion with her birth mother. Thank you, Ashley, for covering such a complex issue with clarity and accuracy!

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Adoption and keeping families together has been pivotal to Holt’s work for over 60 years. Whether through strengthening families around the world, domestic adoption within a child’s birth country or international adoption, this work will continue until every child has a permanent, loving family.

Adoption is Changing, but Kids are Still Waiting for Families!

We know there have been a lot of changes in adoption recently. Country programs are changing their eligibility requirements, the profile of children coming home is changing and it is easy to feel overwhelmed and give up.

One thing that isn’t changing, though, is the need. There are still so many kids who have been deprived of the love and protection that only a permanent family can provide. Each child is waiting for a family, and our mission is to find loving parents for those children.

Could you be the family that a child is waiting for?

If you are just in the beginning stages of adoption and aren’t sure what to do next — or if you are ready to move forward — email our adoption team at adopt@holtinternational.org! They can give you free information with no strings attached — helping you learn more about adoption or guiding you through the first steps of the process.

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Hey Moms, Share Your Story to Advocate for Waiting Kids!

“What if we get to be a part of not only the story of our own children finding families — but the story of many, many more children finding families! How exciting would that be?”

This Mother’s Day, advocate for the motherless, share your story and be a resource for families who are considering adoption.

Use #MomsForAdoption to tag your stories on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter — and wherever else you share about the things that matter to you — and let’s see how many kids we can find families for!

Do you know about our Korea and China programs?

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Adopt from Korea!

• Children waiting for families are younger with minor special needs
• The children live in a very good foster home while they wait for an adoptive family
• Excellent medical information is available about the children
• The program is very stable and predictable

Request more information!

 

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Adopt from China!

• Open to single and married applicants
• Families can request a child of a specific gender
• The process takes on average 12-30 months
• Most children have moderate to major special needs or are older

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Interested in learning more about all of our adoption programs? Click here!

 

Divergent Series: Allegiant actress, Holt adoptee advocates for kids in need

Actress Danielle Lyn (Queen Sugar and The Divergent Series: Allegiant) is a Filipina adoptee using her platform to advocate for orphaned children and kids in impoverished communities. Here, she shares her hopes for 2018. 

We embark into a New Year, another holiday season come and gone. Festivities fading with the Christmas tree adorned in lights and memories captured in the ornaments we care for year after year. As we pack away the decorations, there is quiet again, where just days ago the sounds of family and friends filled our homes. Continue reading “Divergent Series: Allegiant actress, Holt adoptee advocates for kids in need”

National Adoption Month 2017

Wow, what a fantastic National Adoption Month it has been! Thanks for following along and advocating for children with special needs!

In the month of November, 172 families requested adoption information, 55 families submitted their adoption application, and 10 children from our waiting child photolisting were matched with permanent, loving families! We’ve also had a much higher than normal number of inquiries, specifically about children with Down syndrome! (And three of the children we matched this month have Down syndrome!) This is a direct result of your advocacy!

National Adoption Month may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop advocating for children with special needs! In case you missed anything, below are links and a summary of all of our National Adoption Month posts — de-mystifying some of the most common or misunderstood special needs, and raising awareness about children who need families.

Read up, share them with your friends, and be an advocate all year long!

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5 Things to Know about Adopting a Child With Cleft Lip and Palate

  1. Kids with cleft lip and palate generally lead healthy lives, and clefts vary in severity. Some children will need less intervention than others.
  2. Many children will require several surgeries, and adoptive families should have access to good medical and orthodontia care.
  3. Cleft lip and palate repairs are not just cosmetic, and children may need ongoing access to ear and nose doctors, speech therapists and orthodontists.
  4. Children may face questions about their cleft lip and palate, speech differences or any visible surgical scars, and parents will need to help prepare their child to respond.
  5. Some waiting children will be able to have a full or partial cleft repair while still in their birth country! Regardless, their family will still need ongoing access to an excellent craniofacial team.

We need you to be an advocate this National Adoption MonthShare this postrequest free adoption information or find other ways to advocate for children who are waiting.