Cerebral Palsy in International Adoption: a Q&A With Dr. Julia Bledsoe

An interview with Dr. Julia Beldsoe about cerebral palsy (CP) , a common special need among children waiting for adoptive families. Dr. Bledsoe founded the University of Washington Center for Adoption Medicine and has worked in the field of international adoption for over 20 years. 

Dr. Julia Bledsoe

What is cerebral palsy and what causes it?

Cerebral palsy is a condition that affects the movement of the muscles and it’s caused by damage to the brain that happens to the baby either during pregnancy or during delivery. Most forms are what we call “congenital,” meaning you’re born with it from an injury that happened at some point in the pregnancy. Some of it is called “acquired,” meaning it happened during a difficult birth process and the baby suffered brain damage because of that. … There are some kids who have very mild CP and some kids who have very serious complications of CP. … Each kid who has CP is like a snowflake. They’re all a little bit different. Continue reading “Cerebral Palsy in International Adoption: a Q&A With Dr. Julia Bledsoe”

Four Things to Consider When Sharing Your Family’s Adoption Story

After 15 years of blogging about her adoptive family of 12 — and recently sharing their story with the world in the documentary “Hayden and Her Family”— Elizabeth Curry has learned a few things about what, how, when and when not to share about her children and their lives growing up in a multiracial, international adoptive family. Here are Elizabeth’s four key pieces of advice to consider when sharing about your family and your family’s adoption story.

This story is part two in a series. Click here to read part one, “How Our Family Became the Subject of a Documentary.” Continue reading “Four Things to Consider When Sharing Your Family’s Adoption Story”

How Our Family Became the Subject of a Documentary

The Currys are raising 12 children, five of whom are adopted.

When a documentary filmmaker approached Elizabeth and Jud Curry about filming their lives as a multiracial, international adoptive family of 12, they hesitated. But then their 9-year-old daughter, recently adopted from China, asked a question that so surprised them, they decided to say yes — welcoming viewers inside their lives and home.

This story is part one in a series. Click here to read part two, “Four Things to Consider When Sharing Your Family’s Adoption Story.”

Continue reading “How Our Family Became the Subject of a Documentary”

George Needs a Family!

Social and joyful George is waiting for a permanent, loving adoptive family.

At 15 months old, he holds up his head, rolls over and holds objects and toys himself! He is not yet using language and communicates through smiles and facial expressions. He loves to play with his caregivers, who describe him as active, extroverted and always ready with a laugh, especially when he is tickled and teased. He enjoys being around other people and thrives when he is accompanied by someone he loves.

The best fit for George is a caring family that is open to his special needs, including Down syndrome, and that can provide him with the support and resources he will need as he grows up.

Could you or someone you know be the right family for George? To learn more about George, please email waitingchild@holtinternational.org.


Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some adoption-related travel has been delayed. But the need for families is as great as it has ever been. If you are interested in adopting, don’t hesitate to request info or apply today!