From the President

A message from Holt’s president and CEO.

Every year, as I read through the Holt International adoption magazine, I experience many different emotions. I feel uplifted by the stories of loving adoptive families who are now home, and whose children are thriving in their care. I feel determined to find loving families for the featured waiting children. I feel enlightened by the insights of adoptees and families. And without fail, I always feel inspired and amazed by the impressive achievements of our graduating class of Holt adoptees.

Holt received a record-breaking number of submissions this year from adoptees who recently graduated from high school, college or graduate school. From states across the U.S., and born in countries as diverse as Mongolia, Romania and Thailand, the Class of 2017 Holt adoptee graduates is a particularly impressive group. I hope you feel as inspired reading about their achievements — and their plans to take on the world — as I do.

This year, I also felt especially heartened by something I discovered in the article on page 6, in which Holt adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe, answers families’ top five most frequently asked questions. I paused when I came to question #4:

“Who are the kids in greatest need of adoption?”

As a child-centered organization, Holt always puts the needs of the child first. We only seek adoptive families for children who truly need them. And more and more — as children waiting for families are increasingly older or have special needs — Holt seeks families who can and will step up to love and care for these precious children. In other words, we need families who will adopt children in greatest need of adoption, and it heartens me greatly to see that among the first questions families ask Caitlin is which children need them most.

As you begin your journey to a child who needs you, I hope you also feel inspired, uplifted and enlightened by the stories in this magazine. As this year’s graduates leave their families to go pursue their dreams, a new generation of Holt families and future Holt graduates is forming — a generation we hope you will be a part of.

Phil Littleton | Adoptive Father of 3 | President & CEO

“Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me.”
— Mark 9:37

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