UPDATE: The deadline for the “Dear Colleague” letter has passed, but we will continue to provide updates on this legislation. Thank you for being an advocate for children in U.S. foster care, as every child deserves a loving and secure home.
As we work to ensure every child has a loving and secure home, advocacy has remained a cornerstone of Holt’s work. To that end, we regularly support legislation that aims to improve child welfare standards, strengthen the rights of adoptees, and clears the path for more children to join permanent, loving families through adoption in the U.S. and abroad. Together, we can work toward a world where no child is left without a family.
This week, you can join Holt and help advocate for children in U.S. foster care who are waiting for permanent, loving families through adoption.
60 years ago, Bertha Holt championed legislation that helped her and Harry Holt adopt their children from Korea. Since that time, political advocacy has been a cornerstone of Holt’s work. Holt president and CEO Phil Littleton reflects on our development as an organization, and how supporting policies and initiatives that put children first has helped improve child welfare standards and adoptee rights in the United States and around the world. This is the final post in a three-part series. You can read part one here and part two here.
In many ways, Holt International’s roots are planted in political advocacy on behalf of orphaned and abandoned children.
When Harry and Bertha Holt pioneered international adoption in the wake of the Korean War, they first had to enlist the help of the U.S. Congress to legally adopt eight children from Korea — passing what’s become known as the Holt Bill.
In the 60 years since, Holt has had a steady presence drafting, supporting or championing legislation to increase safeguards for children, expand adoption reform and push for greater adoptee rights in the U.S. and abroad. Policy and advocacy is an unwavering commitment of our organization.
Always, we’ve sought to support legislation that puts good policy for children first.
In the 1970s, we sent representatives to help draft the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. In the 1980s, two representatives from Holt participated in the Special Commission to the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, a treaty, which standardized ethical laws and regulations for international adoption. We’ve also advocated on both state and national levels for access to open records as part of adoption reform.