Parting Words For a Place That Will Never Part From Me

As she prepares to move to Indonesia for an exciting new job, Holt Adoptee Programs Lead and adult adoptee Caitlin Howe shares some thoughts on her time at Holt.

Caitlin Howe (bottom left) during a video recording with other adult adoptees on Holt’s post-adoption team.

I remember my first interview at Holt. I actually remember all three of my interviews at Holt, each for a different position in a different department. After I completed my master’s degree in intercultural youth and family development, I knew that Holt was one of the few places in town where I could see myself working because of the international focus. After the first two attempts I knew that I had one more shot left in me before moving on in my job search. Continue reading “Parting Words For a Place That Will Never Part From Me”

Slideshow: Empowered Women & Girls Around the World

This International Women’s Day, March 8,  is a day to celebrate women and girls everywhere — to empower them to rise above gender-based discrimination, lift themselves from poverty and pursue their dreams.

Empowering women and girls is work that Holt donors support every day.

Here are just some of the amazing women and girls whose lives you are changing!


Give an International Women’s Day gift to empower a woman through job skills training, or help send a girl to school for one year! 

Top 5 Myths (and Facts) About International Adoption Today

Read about the top five misconceptions we hear about adopting a child internationally, and get the facts you need to begin your adoption journey empowered and informed! 

Myth: Infants need families through international adoption. 

Fact: Due to shifts in culture and greater efforts on the part of country governments and advocacy organizations, more children are now able to join domestic adoptive families — giving them the opportunity to grow up in the country and culture of their birth. In many countries, the central adoption authority designates the first 6+ months of a relinquished or abandoned child’s life to looking for a family domestically. Only then will they even consider international adoption for a child. We typically do not see internationally adopted children joining families before the age of 3 years old. Holt is primarily seeking families who are open to children ages 4 years and older at the time of arrival with their family in the U.S. Continue reading “Top 5 Myths (and Facts) About International Adoption Today”

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 The Adoption Tax Credit Can Help You Afford to Adopt

With tax season upon us, take a minute to learn about the Adoption Tax Credit and how this benefit can make adoption more affordable.

A form of federal financial assistance, the Adoption Tax Credit lowers your overall tax liability — up to $14,300 per adopted child in 2020! Although currently nonrefundable, any credit in excess of your tax liability may be carried forward for up to five years. In other words, if you don’t have $14,300 in tax liability one year, you can apply the remaining credit to your future taxes.

The credit covers qualified adoption expenses, which include:

  • Reasonable and necessary adoption fees
  • Court costs and attorney fees
  • Travel expenses (including amounts spent for meals and lodging while away from home)
  • Other expenses that are directly related to and for the principal purpose of the legal adoption of an eligible child

View this recently recorded webinar to learn more about how the Adoption Tax Credit can help you adopt! Recently, the National Council for Adoption also released an updated guide to Understanding the Adoption Tax Credit.

To learn about more ways you can fund your adoption, visit our financial assistance page here!

Transracial Adoption — Its Effects on Children and How Parents Can Help

Ways you can help a child of a different race and ethnicity who joined your family through transracial adoption or foster care feel more secure and safe in your home.

Foster care and adoption bring uncertainty to a child’s life. These children face a continuum of unanswered questions, searching for where they came from, who they are and who they will become. When looking at a child in the system from a bird’s eye view, most of their identity has been taken away from them, and everything they ever knew has vanished.

Now try adding race on top of that. Continue reading “Transracial Adoption — Its Effects on Children and How Parents Can Help”

How the Pandemic is Affecting Sponsored Kids in China: a Q&A With Sue Liu

An interview with Sue Liu, country director of Holt China, about how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting children and families in China — and how sponsors and donors are meeting their most urgent needs. 

Children in Holt programs celebrate New Year's Eve with local volunteers.
Children in Holt programs celebrate New Year’s Eve with local volunteers.

How is the pandemic affecting children and families in Holt’s China programs right now?

Because of the epidemic, some families have less direct or disposable income since they cannot go out for work opportunities or have to change their type of work — especially families who worked in restaurants or as laborers before. So they have to do whatever they can find, and their income is lower. Continue reading “How the Pandemic is Affecting Sponsored Kids in China: a Q&A With Sue Liu”