Dear Readers

A message to our readers from Holt’s managing editor.

Cover GOH 2013 MagI’m excited to share with you the fall 2013 issue of Holt International Magazine! In this issue, we feature a story about our recent work in Ethiopia. In three vignettes, staff writer Billie Loewen explores the different ways Holt is working to improve the health and wellbeing of families and children in the southern region of Shinshicho — from supporting a new school for deaf children, to partnering with the community to build a hospital focused on maternal-child health. These projects bolster our efforts to help vulnerable children remain in the loving care of their birth families, and we are so excited to see the lasting impact they will have on this beautiful community.

This month, we are also celebrating another important part of our work. November is National Adoption Month! While in recent years we have broadened the scope of our work to focus on family strengthening and other child welfare programs, international adoption remains a significant part of what we do. We still seek a world where every child has a loving and secure home. And we still seek families for children who truly need them — children like Kettie Lou Britton, whose face graces the cover of this magazine. Kettie just came home to her family from Ethiopia this past July. Her story is featured on page 8.

This National Adoption Month, join us in advocating for children who need families! Start by reading about Shaun, Scott, Anderson and Andy in the waiting child section of this magazine. Boys, especially older boys, continue to need extra help finding loving families, and you can help by sharing their stories.

During this year’s awareness campaign, we will be sharing lots of wonderful family and adoptee stories on the Holt blog and social media pages. We will also post stories about children waiting for families, and helpful information about everything from affording adoption to post-adoption services for families and adoptees. As an adoptive parent, you can encourage others to consider adoption by sharing your own story. Or if you’re considering adoption — what a wonderful month to begin your journey! Follow us online at www.holtinternational.org/blog for more ideas and inspiration on how you can help advocate for orphaned and abandoned children this National Adoption Month.

Adoption Rocks!

Robin Munro | Managing Editor

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