To Search or Not to Search – It’s Not My Choice

Growing up, I was (and still am) the kid who had to shake all of the presents under the tree. I just couldn’t wait for Christmas day. I was too excited to wait a week or two, and… Read More

Introducing Holt’s New Director of Clinical Services

Celeste Snodgrass, LCSW-PIP Celeste has worked with children and families for over 20 years. She received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Nebraska Omaha, completed Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) training with Karyn Purvis and… Read More

Identity, Adoption and DNA Testing

DNA testing and charting your ancestry has recently become quite popular. You may have seen commercials for sites such as or 23andMe. Many people are curious about their heritage, background and what famous person they may be… Read More

When Love Isn’t Enough

Parenting is hard. Anyone who says otherwise is fooling themselves. It can be the most rewarding job you will ever have, and yet the most difficult. This is especially true for adoptive parents. I received a call the… Read More

Camp Season is Here!

(click here!) Hey Holt Campers! We are gearing up for another great camp season and we are so excited to see new and returning faces! Holt Adoptee Camp is such a special place for adoptees — not only… Read More


We are pleased to announce that we have recently updated our resource list for adoptive parents. It is a comprehensive list of specific books and websites on various adoption issues. Please take some time to check it out…. Read More

Family Campout in Oregon

South Beach State Park, Newport, OR August 4-10, 2018 The campout is open to all families touched by adoption. The campout started over 30 years ago with a group of Holt adoptive families camping together and it eventually… Read More

Helping to Heal

An older child without a family has many life experiences we can’t even dream of. In Mongolia, Holt is working to provide children with indoor toilets and warm showers. In China, children with HIV are treated like “lepers”… Read More

The Adoption Lens of “This is Us”

The NBC hit show “This is Us” has already been nominated for numerous Emmy awards in its pilot season. The characters are realistically flawed and the intergenerational flashbacks help weave the storylines together. But for those of us… Read More

Embarrassing Racism: The Burden of Being Alone

It was a typical Thursday evening. The fall season was clearly upon us as blustery winds and Pacific Northwest rains declared that summer was in the books. I sat with my wife, Shannon, as we watched our daughter… Read More