Rudy Needs a Family!

Rudy is a curious, sweet and strong boy who loves to explore the world around him. He needs a permanent family that will give him the love and care he deserves.

Due to a condition called retinoblastoma, he is blind in both of his eyes. At 3 years old, Rudy has already received two surgeries to help with his condition. He also wears an ocular prosthesis when he goes to sleep.

Even without sight, Rudy loves to play outside, spend time with others and play with toys! His favorite toys produce music or sound. Rudy also moves around freely in his environment.

The best fit for Rudy is a loving family that is committed to helping him thrive. His family should also have access to excellent medical and educational resources.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Rudy? Please contact Alycia Fahr-Zarlons at or view his photolisting profile for more information.

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Children in China Need Families Now!

The beautiful children in the photos below have been matched with loving adoptive families!  But many children are still waiting.


Did you know that children just like the ones below still need families through Holt’s China program?  They are in China right now, waiting. And we currently don’t have enough families to match them with!  In fact, our list of families has dropped to under 40!  If you have taken the first steps in your adoption journey, or even if you are still only considering adoption, you could be matched with a child soon through Holt’s China program.  

Children currently in need of families are both boys and girls with a wide range of medical conditions, ages 2-13 on arrival.  More than half of all placements for 2019 so far have included children matched between ages 1-4! The reality, however, is that many children ages 5-13 also wait for families.

Examples of conditions that may be considered moderate/manageable include: prematurity, developmental delays (speech, motor), ear atresia, anal atresia, albinism, syphilis (treated), cleft lip and palate, orthopedic/limb malformations, and heart conditions like ASD, VSD and PFO.

Examples of more involved conditions or those requiring ongoing care after arrival include: epilepsy or history of seizures, thalassemia,  vision or hearing loss, cognitive delays, incontinence, CT abnormalities, or heart conditions such as tetralogy of fallot (TOF), PDA and dextrocardia. Central nervous system conditions like cerebral palsy and spina bifida would also fall into this category.

Families who are willing to accept either gender, a wide range of medical conditions and a wider age range will be matched sooner.  (We no longer accept applicants who are only open to females, 0-2, with minor/correctable conditions.)

We don’t have enough families for the children who are waiting right now!  So if you have ever considered adopting through Holt’s China program, the time is now!

This sweet 1-and-a-half year old has been diagnosed with PDA, a heart condition. It took a year and a half for his family to be matched with him.


This sweet 2-year-old was born premature. Her family was matched with her in 21 months.
This 2-year-old sweetheart has Thalassemia. She was matched with a family in 9 months.
This 1-year-old cutie has been diagnosed with albinism. Individuals with albinism are born without the usual amount of skin pigment, which often creates very pale skin, hair and eyes. She was matched with her family in 1 month.
This sweet 3-year-old’s cleft lip and palate was corrected after a successful surgery in China. She was matched with her family in 18 months.
This sweet 1-year old girl was matched in 6 months, and has been diagnosed with congenital adrenal cortical hyperplasia.

This sweet 1-year-old boy was matched in less than a month, and has been diagnosed with cleft lip/palate, anal atresia (post operative) and a congenital heart condition.

This sweet little girl has been diagnosed with developmental delays. Her family waited 5 months to be matched with her.
This sweet 2-year-old has post-operative congenital heart disease. He was matched with his family in 2 months.
This 3-and-a-half year old cutie pie has developmental delays. It took 1 month for his family to be matched with him.

Look at the photos above once more.  These children have their families, but there are so many more children waiting in China right now who don’t.  In the past two decades, adoptions through China have seen many changes — including more domestic adoptions, changes in child profile and orphanage closures — but what has remained constant is Holt’s dedication to walking side by side with families every step of the way until they have their beautiful child in their arms.

As one of the largest and oldest international adoption agencies, we have the expertise and resources, and an amazing and experienced staff — both here and in China — to make sure that the journey to the child who is waiting for you is as smooth as possible.  We will never pressure you into accepting a child whose special needs are more than you can manage, and we will work tirelessly to make sure that you are comfortable and happy throughout the entire process.

Children in China need loving homes, and we need loving families for them!  

Please reach out to our China program today to learn more about the children in China who are waiting for families right now!


Mina Needs a Family!

Mina is a creative, talkative and playful 9-year-old. She loves to paint and listen to music, but she also enjoys telling stories!

When she first came into care, Mina was timid and shy. But it wasn’t long until she started feeling comfortable and interacting with her peers. New people tend to make her feel cautious, but once she gets to know someone, she loves to be around them. She can also easily express herself and her feelings.

At school, Mina is one of the top students in her class! She is quick learner, and she always loves to help her peers whenever she can.

Mina has ear deformities, as well as other delays. But Mina’s fine motor skills have developed quickly during her time in care .

The best fit for Mina is a loving, permanent family that has a good understanding of older child adoption, as well as the resources, care and love she’ll need.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Mina? Please contact Alycia Fahr-Zarlons at or view her photolisting profile for more information.

What Love and a Family Can Do

Just over two years ago, Liz Larson traveled to China to meet and bring home 2-and-a-half-year-old Ellia. A child and family counselor, Liz felt confident and well-equipped, although a bit anxious, to begin the journey of bonding and healing with her daughter.

Today, Ellia is thriving in her mom’s care. In just two years, Ellia has grown from a shy and quiet 2-year-old to an energetic, outgoing, silly 4-year-old who is secure and so loved. Liz says adopting as a single parent is “the hardest thing she has ever done on purpose,” but also the greatest gift.

Liz encourages all hopeful parents — whether married or single — to consider adoption.

Lonnell Urgently Needs a Family!

A family who loves to explore and has a good understanding of older child adoption would be the best for Lonnell.

Lonnell is an outgoing, intelligent and active little boy. At 8 years old, he loves to meet new people and play sports with his friends!

When he was 6 years old, Lonnell received an operation for an inguinal hernia. Since the operation, his health has improved significantly. He can now run, jump and play with other children his age.

Lonnell has a strong curiosity, giving him the excitement to explore and learn more about the world around him. He openly communicates his thoughts and feelings, and he is always polite and positive.

He also excels in the classroom and loves to ask questions. As a problem-solver, Lonnell strives to understand whatever lesson is put in front of him. In 2017, he received an award for being an outstanding student at his school!

A family that loves to explore and has a good understanding of older child adoption would be the best fit for Lonnell.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Lonnell? Please contact Alycia Fahr-Zarlons at or view his photolisting profile for more information.

2018 Urgent Need Update: You Changed Their Lives

At the end of 2018, we shared with you about three children in our programs who were experiencing the most heartbreaking, hopeless and urgent needs: Linh, a 13-year-old who became pregnant after a violent assault; Shenaz, a little girl in India who was grieving her father’s death and living in extreme poverty; and Jun Jun, a boy in China who desperately needed a surgery for his cleft lip.

Your outpouring of support and care for these three little ones amazed us. You gave generously. And because of you, Linh, Shenaz and Jun Jun’s lives have changed.

Keep reading to see just how powerful a difference you made in these children’s lives!

Linh.Linh | A Mother at 13, She Needed Help

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From Ashes to Beauty

Given the strength to overcome her own struggles, child sponsor Karis Feezell strives to help others overcome theirs. 

Hello, my name is Karis Feezell. I am a determined, strong and compassionate 19-year-old artist who has struggled with physical issues all my life. I have cerebral palsy, Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, and birth defects in my hands and feet. When I was born, the umbilical cord was wrapped around my neck, resulting in lack of oxygen for eight minutes until I was revived. During this incident, my cerebellum was injured, causing constant, shaky tremors. The tremors make it a struggle to control my hands, particularly opening them.

That I have these issues, and can still draw and paint, is proof to me that God is still working miracles today. Continue reading “From Ashes to Beauty”