Top 10 Myths About Adopting From the Philippines

If you or someone you know has been considering adoption from the Philippines, you may have heard some common misconceptions about the adoption process. Below, we highlight the top 10 myths about adopting a child from the Philippines, and provide some useful insight as you consider this program!

Myth #1: There isn’t much information available about children waiting to be adopted from the Philippines.

Fact: Holt receives very detailed family background, behavioral, developmental and social information about children waiting to be adopted from the Philippines.

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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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Act Now to Help Find Families for Children

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.

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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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Lonnell Urgently Needs a Family!

A family who loves to explore and has a good understanding of older child adoption would be the best for Lonnell.

Lonnell is an outgoing, intelligent and active little boy. At 8 years old, he loves to meet new people and play sports with his friends!

When he was 6 years old, Lonnell received an operation for an inguinal hernia. Since the operation, his health has improved significantly. He can now run, jump and play with other children his age.

Lonnell has a strong curiosity, giving him the excitement to explore and learn more about the world around him. He openly communicates his thoughts and feelings, and he is always polite and positive.

He also excels in the classroom and loves to ask questions. As a problem-solver, Lonnell strives to understand whatever lesson is put in front of him. In 2017, he received an award for being an outstanding student at his school!

A family that loves to explore and has a good understanding of older child adoption would be the best fit for Lonnell.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for Lonnell? Please contact Alycia Fahr-Zarlons at alyciaf@holtinternational.org or view his photolisting profile for more information.