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!


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.

While Holt is best known for their pioneering work in international adoption and child welfare services, Holt also has a long history of helping to find loving, permanent families for children in the U.S. through domestic foster care and infant adoption. Families transferring from LSS will work with Holt’s Illinois/Wisconsin branch office located in Bolingbrook, Illinois, where Holt began providing domestic adoption services in 2014.

“For more than 60 years, Holt International has been helping to build families through adoption. We are very excited to be adding the LSS domestic adoption program to our existing programs and look forward to helping even more children and families,” said Amy Trotter, director of Holt’s Illinois/Wisconsin branch. “We look forward to meeting with the families to assist them on the path toward creating their forever families.”

LSS will continue to provide adoption services in the state of Wisconsin through public adoption. LSS works in partnership with the State of Wisconsin to place children from the foster care system into loving adoptive homes.

“LSS has made a difference in the lives of so many families through adoption. While this is a difficult decision, we are pleased that the program will continue with Holt International, which is internationally known for its adoption programs,” said Héctor Colón, president and CEO of LSS. “Holt International shares our values of compassion and courage. We know the families awaiting adoption will be served well throughout this transition.”

About Holt International

Holt International seeks a world where every child has a loving and secure home. Since our founding in 1956, we have worked toward our vision through programs that strengthen and preserve families that are at risk of separation; by providing critical care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children; and by leading the global community in finding families for children who need them and providing the pre- and post-adoption support and resources they need to thrive. Always, we focus on each child’s unique needs — keeping the child’s best interest at the forefront of every decision. To learn more, visit

About Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, Inc.

Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan strives to build healthy communities filled with people using their God-given gifts to serve. For more than 100 years, this has been our goal. At LSS we value compassion, co-creation, change and courage, instilling these core values in every community and residential program we offer. We believe in the infinite worth of every individual and because of this, we are committed to the growth and empowerment of others. To learn more about how LSS acts compassionately, serves humbly and leads courageously, visit

For more information, please email Sydney Hofer at, or call her at (414)635-7009.

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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Confidence, and a Cow

When her husband became ill, Dinknesh suddenly had to provide for her family on her own. She didn’t know where to begin, and her family quickly fell into poverty. Then sponsors and donors came together to empower Dinknesh, giving her two of the most powerful Gifts of Hope — confidence, and a cow.

Like many women in rural Ethiopia, Dinknesh had a more traditional role in her family before her husband fell sick. She worked incredibly hard to maintain her home and care for her two sons while her husband, a farmer, worked the fields to bring in an income and meet the basic needs of their family.

But when he became ill, he could not work and was bedridden for months.

Suddenly, Dinknesh had to provide for her children on her own.

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The Birthday They Deserve

Every year on June 1, the International Day of the Child, children in Holt’s programs receive a birthday celebration to remember.

More often than not, these children don’t get to celebrate their special day. For families living in poverty, a birthday party for their child is often a luxury they can’t afford. And limited resources make it difficult to give children living in orphanage care the extra special attention they deserve on their birthday.

But Holt sponsors and donors want to make every child’s birthday special and memorable — even if it’s not on their actual birthday.

This year, through the generosity and kindness of sponsors and donors, boys and girls in Holt’s programs around the world will receive birthday gifts, a special meal and a fun-filled day with their community! These celebrations bring such joy to kids who are growing up in poverty with their families, or have no family to celebrate them — giving them the special birthday celebration they deserve.

Check out some of last year’s celebrations below!

On June 1, the International Day of the Child, children in Holt’s programs receive a birthday celebration to remember. Kids in Ethiopia excitedly hold up their birthday cards from their sponsors.
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So Happy & Proud

Trapped in debt because of money lenders, Sheela thought she would have to close her food cart — dismantling her dream and the business that supported her two sons. That is, until someone gave her a Gift of Hope… 

In a vacant lot on a busy street corner in Bengaluru, India — in the midst of overwhelming traffic, blaring car horns and blistering midday sun — Sheela smiles. Standing underneath a bright blue tarp, surrounded by pots and pans and a stack of dirty plates, she is living her dream.

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Their Greatest Strength is Love

When Vieng’s husband got sick and could not work, their family quickly fell into crisis. But they had inherent strengths as a family that held them together. And when a donor sent them a much-needed Gift of Hope, they were able to build on those strengths — empowering them to overcome any crisis they faced, now or in the future.

Hung climbs behind his mom and dangles his arms around her in a big bear hug. She grabs his hands and laughs — smiling up at him. Hung is 4, dressed in a plaid golfer’s cap and puffy coat on this cool, 60-degree morning in Danang, Vietnam. He looks like a miniature version of his mom — with round, dimpled cheeks and warm, dark, shining eyes that shine even brighter when he smiles.

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Six Families Receive New Homes in Cambodia

In Cambodia’s impoverished Prey Veng province, children and families live in conditions that no one should ever live in. 

Every day, these families sleep, study and eat their meals under roofs that leak, inside palm leaf walls – unstable homes that cannot protect them from the rain and wind. But because of Holt’s generous donors, many families in this community now have hope. Working alongside local partner Child and Life Association (CLA), Holt donors recently provided new homes and necessary renovations for six of the most vulnerable families in Pre Veng province. 

Through these new and safe living conditions, these families’ lives have dramatically changed.

VeunSam Oun's Family – Before
Veung Sam Oun's Family – After
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Analyn’s New World

Born with cerebral palsy and placed in an orphanage at 10 months old, Analyn had a small world — mostly consisting of the ceiling tiles above her crib in the Philippines. But then, an unexpected intervention changed everything.

Analyn’s world was small. About four ceiling tiles to be exact. Ceiling tiles that she stared at for hours and hours every day and every night from her crib at an orphanage in the Philippines.

Analyn in her crib.
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We Will Never Forget You

As the oldest child in a single-parent home, Mol Vey felt the need to help support his family. After losing his father at a young age, his mom struggled on one income. But he could only do so much, and often missed school to help his mom. Then sponsors and donors stepped in — providing the tools and resources his family needed to stay together, and grow stable and strong.

Mol Vey with his mother, Leng Sina, and younger brother.

Mol Vey lives with his mother, Leng Sina, and younger brother in Prey Kuy village — a small village located in Cambodia’s rural Prey Veng province.

His father died from diabetes when Mol Vey was just 4 years old, and his family already struggled to survive on minimal income. But when he passed away, their living conditions grew even worse.

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