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!”

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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Seeing My Daughter Again for the First Time

When Greg Rausch attended a Winter Jam 2014 concert in Cincinnati, he was surprised to see photos of his daughter with members of the Christian band NewSong on wall-length banners plastered around the arena. The photos were taken when NewSong visited his daughter’s care center in India, before she came home to the Rausch family. Below, Greg shares what it was like to see photos of his daughter from before they were a family.

Greg stands in front of the Holt banner with his son at a Winter Jam concert in Ohio. Greg’s daughter, a Holt adoptee from India, is featured on the banner with NewSong band member Matt Butler, which came as a surprise to Greg.


“That kind of looks like your daughter, Mr. Rausch.”

“What?” I asked, perplexed by this random and seemingly nonsensical statement from Daniel, a boy in our youth group. “Where?”

“Up there,” Daniel said while pointing back over my shoulder at something up in the air. Continue reading “Seeing My Daughter Again for the First Time”

Beyond Blessed

Adoptive parents Chad and Becky Hinze share their experience adopting 12-year-old Paolo Miguel just days after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philipinnes, and bringing him home to join their family. Paulo joined his family through the Philippines Ambassador Program.

How many people can say that flying into the Philippines just five hours before the most horrific storm in history hit — and living in an orphanage for the five days after — was the absolute best experience of their lives?

We can!

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A Year of Changes and Milestones

For the first 6 months of her life, Holt adoptee Molly Bicksler lived with a foster family in China. After reaching an important milestone — high school graduation — Molly felt inspired to write a letter to her former foster parents, sharing her exciting news.

I was adopted in 1995 from Nanning, China. Before my parents picked me up, I was in a loving foster home. From the pictures I’ve seen, it looks like my foster mom loved and cared for me a lot. Every Christmas, my family has sent her a card with a picture and an update on how I am doing. This year, I thought I would write a more personal letter because it has been a year of changes and milestones.

Dear Qin Xiu Zhen and Huang Yong Ming,

A day does not go by that I am not thankful for the love you showed me when I was a baby. I have a wall in my room with items from China, which constantly reminds me of where I come from. Living in America will never change my roots, and I will always keep a part of my heritage alive.

I hope one day that I can return to China and thank you. I think about all the other children in orphanages who don’t get the chance to have that one-on-one care. I am very grateful for having the privilege to have been cared for in a foster home before being adopted into a family.

Molly as a baby with her foster family in China.

I live with my mom and dad, along with two cats. I am actively involved with our church and its youth group. I enjoy reading and learning more about the world around us. I am like any other teenager, addicted to technology and all that it has to offer.

I have graduated high school and now am in college. I am pursuing a degree in nursing. In high school I was a well-rounded student who I hope you would be proud of. I sang in the chorus, participated in orchestra and chamber orchestra (I played the violin), and helped the community through Key Club. I got inducted into the National Honor Society my junior year. I even had the privilege to be an officer of several activities. I also received many acknowledgments and awards.

College is a very different experience that I am enjoying. I attend a smaller college; I don’t really care for the larger campuses. I still live at home but I do have a place to stay that is nearer to the college. Next semester I will start clinical. I can’t wait to meet the patients.

Have a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year! It’s the year of the horse!

Wǒ ài nǐ,

Yuan Bao Xi


Honoring Children and Families Who Give

Three stories of families who worked together with their children to raise funds for vulnerable children and families in Holt’s programs overseas.

From a Little Idea…

by Abby Gouldsbarry, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania

A.K.Dive has grown to be something I never expected it to be back in 2007, when I first came up with the idea.  The whole game plan wasn’t the same back then, though.  It was something totally different.

But before I tell you how it came to be, first I need to tell you what it is. A.K.Dive is a fundraising event with food, face painting, games, music and fellowship, and all the proceeds go towards adoptions or adoption organizations.  It’s a really fun evening, and every year, friends, family and church members ask about it and look forward to it.

I was 7 when I thought of A.K.Dive — and at that age, when I had an idea, I took it to the top.  So when I saw the idea to open up a lemonade stand, it eventually turned into opening a restaurant…in our home.  Remember, I was 7 at the time. 🙂

The Gouldsbarry family.

My mom and dad thought we were playing, but we weren’t.  My little kid brain was fixed on selling breakfast, lunch and dinner at a little diner that we (my friends and I, along with my lil’ sis) had named “A.K.Dive.”  A for my name, Abby, K for my good friend’s name, Katie, and the capital D in Dive for my lil’ sis, Danelle.  My dad came up with the whole Dive thing.

Anyway, one day my mom understood that we actually weren’t playing, and explained that we could not open a real restaurant in our house.  My friends, sister and I were heartbroken, but then my mom had an ingenious idea.  Instead of opening a restaurant, we would have a little diner at our house (more of a picnic), with friends and family, and us kids would head up the whole thing (with a lot of help, believe me!).  It was a dream come true for us, and the night was a blast!  We decided to raise money for an organization that helps to fund adoptions and orphans. People would come for food and fellowship and donate whatever they wanted.

Because of A.K.Dive, my family was turned toward the realization of the plight of orphans.  Our hearts stirred and our eyes were opened as the Lord called us to adopt a child.  We decided to go through this process with Holt, and it was an amazing journey.  Mom and Dad traveled to China to bring home our new brother in January of 2011.  When A.K.Dive came around that summer, it was without question that we wanted to raise money for Holt, and we chose the special needs fund, since my brother Hudson most likely was supported through that fund.   We had a wonderful time that night, and raised over $3,500!  Faces were painted, and many laughs were heard.  Nothing beats a good night with lots of fellowship!

Over the course of the past six years, we have raised around $10,000 for adoption-related organizations/families (including Holt families).  A.K.Dive has blessed my life in many ways.  Besides giving me the brother I had for years been praying for, it has given me a love for orphans, a love for helping others in need, and has shown me what a little idea can turn into.


Abby (age 13)

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Some New Ways to Help Children in Holt’s Care

Host a gala in your area or join us on eBay! 

Holt International hosts annual gala dinner auctions in New Jersey, Nebraska and Oregon but would like to expand these events to other parts of the country.  To do this, we need your help!

If you are interested in learning more about hosting a gala in your area, please contact Shonna Wells at: or: 541-687-2202, ext. 153.

So that you can play an important role in Holt’s gala auctions wherever you live, Holt has established an eBay store. You and your friends and family can donate and/or purchase items from our exclusive store. Proceeds from eBay sales will support children and families in Holt’s overseas programs.

eBay store:

We are currently accepting donations!

Suggested items for Holt’s eBay store include:

• Collectibles

• Sports memorabilia

• Special events tickets (sports games, concerts, etc.)

• Antiques

• Original art

• Designer clothes and accessories

• Unique ethnic items

• Jewelry

• Use of your vacation homes/timeshares

• Frequent flyer miles

If you have items you would like to consider donating, please contact:

Shonna Wells at: 541-687-2202 or:

*Holt retains the right to decline donated items if they are not appropriate for the Ebay store.

How to donate:

Unless special arrangements are made, all items will be sent to:

Holt International

1195 City View

Eugene, OR 97402

Attn: eBay Store – Shonna Wells