Using the Case Study Method in PhD Research

When a group of anthropologists established guidelines to standardize scientific writing the format of writing came into being in 1929. APA structure addresses heading size, syntax, how exactly to present more and research. If you are in faculty, and perhaps perhaps senior high school, and should write a scientific report, it is likely that that you will have to use format. APA – style is also used for scientific studies investigation stories, theoretical and methodological articles and studies. Guidelines Decide on a serif typeface such as Times New Roman for text as well as a sans-serif font like Arial for numbers. Continue reading “Using the Case Study Method in PhD Research”

Summer Reunion

Is there any better way to celebrate summer than by gathering with old friends for an action-packed weekend of activities, laughter and fun?

Holt’s branch assistant for our Midwest office, Laura Sykora, adopted two children from Ethiopia, and last month she gathered with six other families for a weekend-long camping trip and we couldn’t help but share their adorable photos!

Laura says, “We have a group of families that all adopted their children from the same orphanage in Ethiopia that stays in contact with each other.  One of the adoptive parents got the ball rolling to do a gathering in Missouri (a central location for most families) to get kids together again and spend a long weekend camping and meeting up. We spent time swimming, roasting hot dogs and smores, went to a  baseball game and on the last day all of the families enjoyed an Ethiopian lunch together.  The kids were really happy to see their friends again and it was really good for parents to reunite and talk about experiences they have had with their families adjustments and how the kids are doing. All of the families were amazed with how well the kids did together and that we plan to make this a yearly occurrence.”

Children in China Need Families!

The group of travelers with the new Journey of Hope project tour gather for a welcome photo.

Earlier this month, the Chinese government invited Holt to participate in a new Journey of Hope project, which has expanded for the first time to the Guangxi province. Journey of Hope is a special adoption home-finding program in China that aims to find families for children who have been looked over, typically due to their age or special needs. Continue reading “Children in China Need Families!”

This Sweet Sibling Group of Three Needs a Family!

Mae, Jake and Noah — Date of Birth:  11/00, 06/02, 11/04

*In accordance with child safety laws in the Philippines, we can only show pictures of Mae, Jake and Noah with other children.  For more information about this sibling group, contact Jessica Palmer at

This beautiful sibling group of three is waiting for a family who is ready to open their hearts to them. They are polite, sweet and healthy older children. 13-year-old Mae is described as dependable and caring.  She faithfully attends her classes and finishes her homework on time. She loves taking photos. Mae is also a caring older sister to her two younger brothers, Jake and Noah. She reportedly is on target developmentally and relates well with her peers in the care center. In the future, she wants to be a teacher or a nun so that she can help others. Jake is 11 and a half. He is a nurturing older brother who is shy and athletic and makes friends easily. He recently started attending the private school where his two siblings attend. His favorite subjects are social studies and crafts. Noah, 9,  is very athletic and performs well in school. He excels at math. This sibling group’s birthmother died in 2006. They experienced a traumatic time with their birth father until he was imprisoned and they began living with an older sibling, who relinquished them in 2011. The birth family hopes that these children will be successful in life once with their new family. An experienced adoptive family who can help these children heal from past traumas is needed. Their adoptive family should also have a good understanding of older child and sibling group adoption and prepare any children currently in the home well for the transition.

Single or married applicants accepted. * See country criteria for complete requirements, often flexible for waiting children


 Below is a blog written by Holt adoptive parent Elizabeth Occiphinti about Mae, Jake and Noah. Elizabeth traveled to the Philippines late last year on Holt’s third annual Philippines Ambassador trip. While there, Elizabeth and the group bonded with 13 children, then returned to the U.S. to help the children find their forever families.  

by Elizabeth Occiphinti

With the storm bearing down on the Philippines, my only solace is to continue to tell my impressions of the 13 wonderful children I met while visiting the programs there, in hopes that together we can find them forever families!

Siblings Mae, Jake, and Noah are absolutely lovely children. The oldest, Mae, is a beautiful girl. She was ill for the beginning of my trip, so I had little opportunity to observe her. She toured facilities with the other half of the team and joined us for a party at the end of our time together. I observed her during that time to be gentle-spirited. She loves photography and taking pictures. She is caring, quiet and lovely.

I also spent time with Mae’s brothers, Jake and Noah, over the course of the week. They were incredibly athletic and personable. I spent over an hour retrieving a ball they would toss to me in the pool – I am sure they thought it was quite funny to throw it over my head and watch me swim to grab it! Both boys are engaging, personable and handsome. I can still hear Jake calling after his brother; every time we would gather ourselves up to leave or head for a meal, Jake would call Noah and look out for him. Both boys are very polite. The older was brave enough to tackle a 5-story zip-line. Inquisitive, engaging and able to speak English, this sibling group would make a terrific addition to a family.

For more information on Mae, Jake and Noah, contact Jessica Palmer at 


No Fairytale Ending

Courtney Young, an adoptee and member of Holt’s fundraising team, met her birth mother during her first trip to Korea with Holt. Here, she discusses family, culture and the complexities of adoption.

Courtney Young (center) with her biological aunt (far left), grandfather, mother and another aunt.

My niece’s recent obsession is playing princess. She’s 4, inspired by a recent trip to Disney World and the movie “Frozen,” and she reenacts the climatic fairytale over and over again. We all indulge her and it’s probably the sweetest thing I’ve ever seen.

When I was 4, I would pretend to live in fairytales too. It was more along the lines of “Anastasia” — a little girl relinquished by her birth parents who later discovers that she belonged to a royal family. One day, if I ever reunited with my birth parents, I thought they too would be some kind of royalty or something. Of course, in my head I knew that wasn’t true, but the imagination has to start somewhere, and I had a pretty solid base for my fantasy.

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