Call for Research Participants

We receive several requests from academics asking Holt to help recruit participants for studies on international adoption. Once we determine if the study is relevant to our work, will contribute substantially to our field, and has passed IRB approval, we… Read More

Special Needs and Nutrition: Congenital Heart Disease

By SPOON Foundation Children with a variety of special needs, including Congenital Heart Disease (CHD), are increasingly being adopted internationally. Children with CHD are particularly at risk for malnutrition and poor growth. The type and severity of the… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: Cerebral Palsy

By SPOON Foundation  Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are at high risk for feeding difficulties and resulting malnutrition. Feeding difficulties in children with CP can include difficulties with drinking liquids, swallowing, and/or chewing. Causes of Nutrition and Feeding… Read More

Adoption-Competent Therapy vs. Regular Therapy; What is the Difference?

Often, adoptive families are appropriately vigilant about their child’s development. They will seek out therapy when their child’s emotional or behavioral issues get in the way of their child’s typical development or if they become socially disruptive among… Read More

Sleep and Adoption

By Julian Davies, MD This article by Dr. Julian Davies was originally published at by the Center for Adoption Medicine at the University of Washington. Reprinted with permission. "People who say they sleep like a baby usually… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: The Transition Diet

By SPOON Foundation The transition diet is one you develop to help bridge the gap between your child’s native diet and what eventually will become her regular diet at home. Ideally this regular diet will be filled with… Read More

Adoption Nutrition: Hoarding Food

By SPOON Foundation Hoarding food is a common behavior in children who have been deprived of adequate sustenance early in life. It can manifest in many ways, including hiding food around the house, overeating even to the point… Read More

Helping Your Child: Meditation for Our Kids

Most folks think that meditation is something that “new age” adults turn to when they are stressed. Now, however, meditation is commonly used for children as young as 3 or 4 and even younger. The benefits of meditation… Read More

Why Internationally Adopted Children Are At-Risk for Malnutrition

By SPOON Foundation The correct diagnosis of nutritional deficiencies is extremely important to help newly adopted children get off to the best start. In the third installment of “Bite Sized Tips,” a collaboration between SPOON Foundation and Adoption… Read More

Why Internationally Adopted Children Are At-Risk for Malnutrition

By SPOON Foundation All internationally adopted children are at risk for malnutrition.SPOON’s work in several countries has uncovered nutritional deficiencies in 75-91% of children living in orphanages.  Although malnutrition rates for children living in foster care are not… Read More