What It Means to Adopt a Child with Down Syndrome

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How a Holt Adoption Grant Helped Save Shelby’s Life

Every day 2-year-old Shelby Jane spent in an orphanage in China, she grew weaker. She needed to join her adoptive family — and fast — but finances stood in the way. That’s when a Holt donor stepped in to help.

Two-year-old Shelby Jane had a hole in her tiny heart, a blood condition called thalassemia and chronic cases of pneumonia and bronchitis that caused her to be hospitalized just about every month of her 24-month life. She could not speak, could not crawl and could not chew food. Every day she spent in an orphanage in China, she grew weaker.

Her adoptive parents, Michelle and Adam Campbell, needed to bring her home — and fast.

“We knew we needed to go get her because she wasn’t getting the care she needed. Waiting,” Michelle says, “wasn’t an option.”

Shelby at her orphanage in China before coming home to her family.
Shelby at her orphanage in China before joining her family. While living in the orphanage, Shelby spent part of every month in the hospital due to pneumonia or bronchitis.

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How to Finance Your Adoption

Holt believes finances should never stop a child from having a loving family, and many resources are available to help prospective families offset the cost of adoption. In our Q&A with Kelly Ellison, the creator of “Your Adoption Finance Coach,” she recommends thinking of financing an adoption as “a third, a third, and a third.” One-third of your adoption expenses will likely come from savings or personal income, one-third a loan or possibly a family gift, and the last third will come from grants and fundraising. On our website, we provide an outline of financial assistance and a list of resources organized by type to help you consider all of your options. Here is some useful information to help you get started:

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Beyond Blessed

As Westley and Elizabeth Ekiss eagerly await traveling to China to unite with their son, they are thankful for the generous Holt donors who provided them with a Special Needs Adoption Fund (SNAF) grant.

Here’s the letter they wrote to these donors, expressing their thanks. 

Dear Contributing Donors,

We are beyond blessed by this generous grant that is helping us bring our son home. Without donors like you, we would have a much harder time financing the expenses of international adoption. There aren’t enough words to express our gratitude in receiving this amazing gift.

The Ekiss family cant wait until they can travel to China to meet their son in person!

We and our two daughters are anxiously awaiting for the day when we can go to China and bring our son home. What a joyous day that will be when all five of us are together for the first time. We’ve been praying about adoption for so long, and seeing God work through all of the obstacles, all of the pandemic issues and all of the  financial issues, is just truly amazing.

Again, we cannot thank you enough for your kindness and generosity.

Sincerely,

Westley and Elizabeth Ekiss

Through the Families Not Finances campaign, you can help fund a SNAF grant or other adoption grant to help unite children with special needs with their permanent, loving families! 

Immense Gratitude and Appreciation

After six months home with their son, Jacqueline and Tracy Probst write an update and thank you letter to the people who helped fund their Holt Special Needs Adoption Fund (SNAF) grant — and helped make Spencer a part of their family. 

As we think about the fact that we are nearing in on six months since Spencer was officially part of our family, we can’t help but feel immense gratitude and appreciation for all of the different ways that our journey was supported. We want to thank Holt and the SNAF program, specifically, for the financial assistance you provided us. It allowed the international adoption process, which seemed at first to be financially out of our reach, to become a reality. Continue reading “Immense Gratitude and Appreciation”

FAQs About Holt’s Families Not Finances Campaign

Answers to the most frequently asked questions about Holt’s new adoption fundraising and family recruitment campaign to help waiting children with special needs join families. 

What is the Families Not Finances (FNF) campaign?

At Holt, we believe money should never stand between a child and a loving family. That’s why we launched the Families Not Finances campaign — to help cover the cost of adoption for families who have the desire and capacity to care for a waiting child with special needs, but may lack the financial means to cover all the fees and expenses required to adopt. Continue reading “FAQs About Holt’s Families Not Finances Campaign”

For Families, Not Finances

Announcing Holt’s new adoption fundraising and family recruitment campaign to help waiting children with special needs join the loving, permanent families they deserve!

In an ideal world, money would never stand between a child and a loving family.

But far too often, that’s what it comes down to for families who would love to adopt but can’t.

As prospective parents, you may meet every eligibility requirement. You may have a stable home environment and the resources to meet a child’s physical and emotional needs. You understand the complexity of international adoption — or you’re willing to learn. You might be the ideal family — or single mom or dad — for a child with a particular medical or developmental need. You are flexible, adaptable, nurturing, patient and willing to go above and beyond to advocate for a child and ensure they have everything they need to thrive. Most of all, you have ample love to offer a child waiting for a family.

But the one thing you don’t have is $30,000+ to cover all the fees and expenses required — and necessary — to ensure an ethical adoption process. Meanwhile, the child you would adopt if only you had the money continues to wait in an orphanage or foster home.   Continue reading “For Families, Not Finances”

How to Fund Your Adoption: a Q&A With The Adoption Finance Coach

An interview with Kelly Ellison, creator of “Your Adoption Finance Coach,” whose team of coaches works with families across the U.S. to help create a comprehensive financial plan that matches their adoption plan. The service is free for families in the Holt adoption process, and families that use the Your Adoption Finance Coach system typically raise between $5,000 and $15,000 for their adoptions.

This Q&A is an edited version of the original interview.

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