How the “Child-Specific Preparation” tool helped two families anticipate their child’s needs, and ease their transition home.
A 2-year-old girl from Thailand, and a 13-year-old girl from China. Over a thousand miles and a 10-year age difference separated them. But in the last year, both of their lives would change forever in the very same way. Each would leave the life they had known and the country of their birth to join an adoptive family in the United States. And though their caregivers had prepared each girl as much as possible, when the day actually arrived for them to leave — reality sank in. And with it came confusion, fear and sadness. Continue reading “Preparing For The Unexpected — And The Expected!”
In honor of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month — and children with Down syndrome around the world who are waiting for their permanent, loving families — we want to share about Jaxon. This sweet 4-year-old joined his adoptive family eight months ago, and he has enriched their lives more than they ever imagined.
When Amy Kalani first met Jaxon in China, she thought she’d have no trouble finding him a family.
Although now the director of Holt’s Korea adoption program, at the time, Amy worked with Holt’s China program. When she met Jaxon, she was in China visiting orphanages and meeting children so that she could get to know them — and better advocate for them individually upon returning home.
Out of the dozens of children she met, Jaxon stood out to her the most.
Chantelle is a smiley, bright and kind 5-year-old. She enjoys drawing, but she also loves to dance, sing and listen to music! She is one of the children waiting for her permanent, loving family through adoption.
A Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family bring Chantelle home!
Isabelle is full of joy, laughter and kindness! The 13-year-old loves to talk, and she always has a smile on her face. Isabelle will soon age out of eligibility to be adopted and hopes to join a loving family of her own.
UPDATE: We shared Cole’s story in 2018, but he is still waiting for a permanent, loving family! Since that time, Cole’s cognitive, social and language development have significantly improved. At school, Cole enjoys reading, memorizing and asking a lot of questions for better understanding. His teachers share that he has made remarkable progress!
His sense of humor is apparent, and he loves to build relationships and laugh with his peers. More recently, he has enjoyed playing with cars and reading books. He also loves reading and learning about animals!
Cole is increasingly independent and confident with his motorized wheelchair. But even though he can move from place to place, Cole dreams of walking one day. His curiosity is stronger than ever before, and he hopes to explore the world around him by foot.
A Special Blessings grant is available to help the right family bring Cole home!
Two-year-old Dane has a contagious smile! He enjoys playing with toys and being around others at his center – especially his caregiver. Dane needs a permanent family that will give him the love and support he deserves to reach his fullest potential.
At 5 years old, Denise is a sweet and bubbly girl who loves to play games and dance! She also enjoys building with blocks and playing with toys that produce sound. She needs a loving, permanent family that will give her the love and care she deserves.
Two-year-old Rita is a calm, sweet and smiley girl. She loves to play with blocks and go outside – especially with her caretakers! Rita also likes to engage in conversation with them by repeating their words!
So many adoption agencies find loving homes for children from China, it can be hard to know what agency is the best fit for your family! To help you decide, here are five key facts about Holt’s China adoption program:
1. One of the first agencies to find families for children from China, Holt has a longstanding relationship with the Chinese government and we have 25+ staff members in China. Holt is one of two agencies with NGO status in China, which allows our dedicated in-country staff members to follow up directly with the children’s caregivers for updated information. Continue reading “5 things to know about Holt’s China Program!”