In Memory Of Molly Holt

It is with profound sadness that we share the heartbreaking news that Molly Holt, daughter of Holt founders Harry and Bertha Holt, passed away early in the morning on May 17 in Korea. She was 83 years old. 

A memorial picture of Molly Holt.

In South Korea, Molly was known by many names, from the Mother Teresa of Korea to the Mother of all Korea’s Orphans. Although she devoted her life to caring and advocating for children and adults with medical, developmental and physical needs in Korea, she leaves a legacy that is felt around the world. Continue reading “In Memory Of Molly Holt”

Growing With Love

Adoptive mom Johanna Utman describes her family’s journey to adopt their daughter, Alanna, from the Philippines, and why it was one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching experiences of their lives.

A mom and daughter walk down the street together.

Adopting is a journey. Parenting is a journey. However, adoption is a special journey of its own.

Growing our family by adoption was one of the most beautiful and heart-wrenching experiences of our lives. Adopting from the Philippines, specifically, was even more significant because I knew I shared a rich heritage with my child — a child who I hadn’t even met yet. Continue reading “Growing With Love”

Every Day of Her Life

Vuong used to sit on her porch every day — watching other kids go to school. Then a donor made it possible for her to attend Kianh Foundation, a school for children with special needs in Vietnam.

Vuong sits among her classmates at the Kianh Foundation Center.
Vuong sits among her classmates at the Kianh Foundation Center.

“I can’t do it!”

Parents often hear this phrase from their frustrated, exhausted children who are convinced they’ve been defeated by whatever challenge they are facing.  Sounding out their first word.  Catching a baseball.  Trying to figure out a math problem.  The obstacles children face are endless, and sometimes the confidence they have in their perceived inability overpowers their resolve.  They know they can’t do it.  But their parents — their cheerleaders — know better. Continue reading “Every Day of Her Life”

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to Transfer Private Domestic Adoption Program to Holt International

Holt International Children’s Services and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) announced today that LSS will transfer its private domestic adoption program to Holt International.

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 16, 2019) – Holt International Children’s Services and Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS) announced today that LSS will transfer its private domestic adoption program to Holt International. The transition of the program will be complete by June 3, 2019.

Approximately 60 families awaiting adoption will have the option to transfer their cases to Holt International. Holt has been expanding its presence in Wisconsin and has recently established a license in the state. To ensure a smooth transition, some members of the LSS adoption team will join the Holt team. Continue reading “Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan to Transfer Private Domestic Adoption Program to Holt International”

George Dennehy Headlining at Holt

Musician George Dennehy will headline Holt’s upcoming dinner & auction in Eugene on June 6, 2019, Portland on September 28, 2019 and Seattle on November 16, 2019. Born without arms to a family living in poverty in Romania, George barely survived his life in an orphanage before a family came forward to adopt him. Today, George tours the country advocating for children growing up orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable — to show how sponsorship can save the lives of children like him.

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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 alyciaf@holtinternational.org or view her photolisting profile for more information.

Angelina Needs a Family!

Angelina, a waiting child in SE Asia, needs a family!

Angelina is a smiley and playful 1-year-old! She loves to laugh with others, and she is very affectionate.

Angelina has Down syndrome as well as previous medical history with her heart. In May 2018, she had heart surgery for an atrial septal defect. Overall, Angelina is progressing well in her development.

She loves being around others, and she always enjoys having someone to play with. Angelina’s favorite toys are the ones that produce sound, and her favorite game is peek-a-boo!

A loving, permanent family with access to excellent medical resources would be the best fit for Angelina. They should also be ready to fill their home with a lot of laughter!

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Angelina? Please contact Kristen Henry at kristenh@holtinternational.org or visit her photolisting profile.

Top 10 Myths About Adopting From the Philippines

If you or someone you know has been considering adoption from the Philippines, you may have heard some common misconceptions about the adoption process. Below, we highlight the top 10 myths about adopting a child from the Philippines, and provide some useful insight as you consider this program!

Myth #1: There isn’t much information available about children waiting to be adopted from the Philippines.

Fact: Holt receives very detailed family background, behavioral, developmental and social information about children waiting to be adopted from the Philippines.

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In Every Moment, You’re There

A few years ago, Mary Luz thought she might have to make the heartbreaking decision to leave her children in someone else’s care. But then she discovered a Holt donor-supported program in her community. And now, in every moment, she’s there.

At home, in a special place, Mary Luz keeps a collection of cards. Each card has a message inside, written in crayon or colored pen.

“Mama, I want to tell you that you’re the best, and in every moment and place, you’re there,” reads one message written by her daughter, Camilla. “You’re my right hand. You’re my light. You’re my joy, my sadness, my company, my everything. With Love, Camilla.”

Inside another hand-cut in the shape of a heart, the message reads, “On this day, I want to tell you that I love you. And I love you with a lot of love.” This card came from both her children, 5-year-old David and 9-year-old Camilla.

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