Child welfare professionals often use the word “permanency” to describe the desired outcome for children in foster care. But what does that really mean?
Permanency refers to the idea that a child has a lifelong place to belong, with a committed caregiver who assumes the legal responsibility of a parent-child relationship. Permanency can be achieved in many ways — reunification with the child’s family, guardianship with a safe adult, or adoption. Once a child lands in a permanent place that is safe and nurturing, the state closes the case and the child is no longer in need of foster care. Continue reading “Permanency: Why It’s Important for Foster Children and How Parents Can Help”
Around the world, the COVID crisis has significantly increased the risk of family separation. But because of Holt sponsors and donors, vulnerable families have what they need to stay together. View a slideshow of families in Cambodia who received COVID microgrants to start small businesses they can sustain throughout the pandemic.
During COVID, Mou and her husband received a microgrant and resources to start a small business selling noodles and cakes. With the income they earn, they can support their four children and keep their family together.
This mom received a freezer to help her start a small business and earn an income to support her family during the pandemic.
This family already had a strong business raising and selling frogs. But when the pandemic hit, they needed additional resources to sustain their business, which sponsors and donors provided through a generous microgrant.
When this mom lost her job due to COVID, Holt Cambodia helped her start a small business selling noodle soup — giving her enough income to support her children.
With the help of a microgrant, this mom bought the supplies she needed to start a sewing and tailoring business.
When this father needed help supporting his children during COVID, Holt sponsors and donors provided a water pump generator and pipe to start a small business he could sustain throughout the pandemic.
Together, Mrs. Yang and Mrs. Kim have fostered over 140 children in Korea. In August 2017, they visited Holt families in Oregon — an experience they, and the adoptees and adoptive families they met, will never forget.
This story originally appeared on the Holt blog in September 2017.
Mrs. Yang sat in a room at Holt’s international headquarters in Oregon — sobbing.
She clutched the glossy photobook to her chest then set it down to cover her face with her hands. The photobook was sent to her by a Holt family, and full of pictures and descriptions about how their son was doing. Her shoulders rose and fell with emotion and a Holt Korea social worker and translator, who was helping me with the interview, put an arm around her.
Holt’s nutrition program director, Emily DeLacey, shares about the current malnutrition crisis in Ethiopia, and how Holt staff and donors are helping to identify, feed and treat children.
While it’s never easy serving the most vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, this is just the nature of going the distance to best serve children and families in need. And this is what Holt staff around the world and generous Holt donors do every day. In rural Ethiopia, this means faithfully serving thousands of single mother-headed households and children who have been orphaned.
But now, during this time of COVID, our challenges in Ethiopia have multiplied…
And our biggest concern for the children is malnutrition.
Children and families in India are in crisis due to a second wave of COVID-19. Jim De, the director of Shishu Sangopan Griha (SSG) — Holt’s partner organization in Delhi — filmed this video to share more about what’s happening and how to help.
Tha Sala Learning Center in southern Thailand is a place for sponsored children and families to grow. This story originally appeared in Holt’s spring 2018 sponsorship magazine.
Before completing any other task, children first move fresh dirt into the plant beds.
A mother and daughter in sponsorship carry a basket of freshly grown mushrooms.
Pineapples — which the children are planting here — are just one of many fruits and vegetables that grow at the learning center. At Tha Sala, children and families also learn to grow mangos, mangosteen, rose apples, sugar cane, rambutans, cashews, corn, cucumbers, green tea leaves, mulberries and more! Families in need take home some of this food, and they sell anything extra at the market — giving children and families in sponsorship the opportunity to learn how to manage a small business.
Fun obstacle course activities dot the property, and each one of them teaches an important life lesson. As they balance on the rope bridge, these sisters learn that sometimes you have to work hard and develop strategies in order to avoid or work through bad situations.
Daris holds onto his sister, Nada, as she balances on a suspended pipe. This exercise stresses the importance of community — how it is easier to walk forward in life when you have help from others.
A boy crawls through the last of nine tires, lined up to form a tunnel. This represents the nine months that a child grows inside a mother’s womb — one of the many reasons to show her appreciation and respect.
Children cheer and root each other on as they wait in line to complete the next obstacle.
Eleven-year-old Madee, pictured here crossing the rope bridge, has attended the learning center since she was in kindergarten. What does she love most? Cooking, growing vegetables and — on extra special days — swimming in the canal at the back of the property!
Walking through the gates of Tha Sala Learning Center is like stepping into a greenhouse with no walls.
When the Horner family first saw Melia’s face on Holt’s waiting child photolisting, they were saddened to learn that this smiling little girl had major congenital heart defects. But instead of giving in to the unknkowns, the Horners decided to overcome their fears, holding on to hope and joy.
Earlier this year, a Holt child sponsor decided to make an extra donation of $500 to her sponsored child and his family in Uganda. In response, she received these photos of her sponsored child standing in front of the new home she helped build for him — along with the following letter from Julius Magezi, Holt’s sponsorship coordinator in Uganda.
Adoptee Krista Gause shares a letter she wrote to her birth mom before she traveled on the summer 2016 Holt Heritage Tour of Korea.
The adoption agency suggested that I write you a letter. And while I know I’m supposed to keep this brief, I just can’t. I have so many things to share with you. Did you ever have a friend who you only saw every now and then but you loved each other so much that time and distance didn’t matter? And that when you finally did see that friend you had a laundry list of things to share with her? That’s exactly how I feel right now. Continue reading “Mom, I Forgive You”