Holt President and CEO Phil Littleton shares the first in a series of posts reflecting on our evolution as an organization in the six decades since the first children came home through international adoption. In this post, Phil explores Holt’s shift in recent years from serving children primarily through adoption to serving tens of thousands more children every year through family strengthening and preservation programs — enabling children to grow and thrive in the loving care of their birth families.
Looking back, I feel so proud of Holt’s journey as an organization. In 1956, our founders pioneered the modern practice of international adoption — overcoming legal and cultural barriers to unite orphaned children born overseas with loving adoptive families in the U.S. They believed that every child deserves to grow up in a home of his or her own. And by adopting children born of a different race and nationality, they redefined the notion of family.
Today, we still share the vision of our founders. We still believe that love transcends barriers of race, religion and nationality. And we still seek a world where every child has a stable, loving home. But as Holt has grown over the years, we have also progressed as an organization — developing a core philosophy around which we have built robust, child-focused programs that meet the needs of over 83,000 children annually in 13 countries across the globe.
About 85 percent of the children we serve are not on track for adoption. In fact, every year, Holt serves tens of thousands more children through family strengthening and preservation programs than we do through adoption. We believe, first and foremost, that whenever possible children should grow up in the loving care of their birth families. Through the years, this fundamental belief has led our organization to become a global leader in family preservation — providing the tools and resources that empower families to grow stable, self-reliant and equipped to independently care for their children. Continue reading “Reflecting On Holt at 60”