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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Cormac needs a family!

Cormac needs a family!

Cormac is curious.

Just like any other 2-year-old, Cormac is active and very interested in exploring the world and all that’s in it. He likes experiencing new things and will run from one place to the next, stopping only to pick up a rock to check it out.

He is a bit skeptical of cameras, and not very interested in smiling for them, and he seems to be shy with strangers. However, he does love his caregivers and likes to be held and cuddled.

Born prematurely, Cormac had an MRI in October 2017 that showed enlargement of his bilateral ventricles as well as periventricular leukomalacia, which may be due to his premature birth. He is also reported to have microcytic anemia.

In this stage of life, Cormac is learning lots of new things, like how to follow directions, tell jokes and identify different body parts.

This on-the-go toddler needs a family that is ready to help him learn even more things, has a good understanding of his medical needs and is comfortable with his developmental unknowns.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Cormac? For more information, please contact Kristen Henry or visit his photolisting profile!

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DOB: 11/21/15 | SE Asia

 

Benjamin’s Turn

Benjamin needs a family

Benjamin needs a family!

Three and a half years ago, Holt learned about seven children who needed families from a small but exceptional orphanage in China. One by one, six of those children were matched with their adoptive families. One by one, they said their goodbyes and left the orphanage to start new lives with their forever families.

Benjamin has been there for every goodbye. He has watched each of his friends be embraced by the families who chose them.

But Benjamin still waits. Continue reading “Benjamin’s Turn”

Sofia Needs a Family!

Sofia needs a family!

Sofia is absolutely precious.

She’s 7 years old and while her verbal communication skills are limited, you always know what she wants, what she likes and what she doesn’t like. She’s good at expressing her emotions. She really loves to color and draw and she’s always down for an adventure — whether it’s a picnic in the park, a piggyback ride through the zoo or a hand-in-hand walk to see the sights.

But, sadly, Sofia’s chances of joining a family are rapidly dwindling.

She’s now an “older child” — a somewhat arbitrary line that separates kids younger than 5 from kids older than 5 waiting for adoptive families. As the vast majority of adoptive families request to adopt children younger than 5, the older a child is, the smaller the pool of willing families. Sofia also has Down syndrome, and while her condition is well understood, the stigma associated with almost all disabilities means that she will need a very, very special family.

This reality is heartbreaking, because like all kids, Sofia is beautiful, charming and so very deserving of the love and attention of a family of her own.

Sofia needs a family! Continue reading “Sofia Needs a Family!”

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.

Heide Still Needs a Family!

Heide needs a family!

Heide is sweet and playful, and she loves to help those around her. At 11 years old, Heide’s favorite activities are dancing, singing and being outside.

And in January 2018, I visited Heide at her care center while on a trip to SE Asia.

All the buildings were painted a light yellow on the outside, and some other pastel color on the inside. There were palm trees all over, and some old playground equipment in the corner. I kept thinking to myself that it seemed so pleasant! However, the more I thought about it, I also realized that even the nicest orphanage with calming colors and committed caregivers is still no place for a child. Every child deserves to be loved and given the personal attention that only a family can give. Continue reading “Heide Still Needs a Family!”