The Role of Adoptive Parents in Birth Search

Through the years, I have received a number of calls from adoptive parents asking for advice on how to handle conversations with their child about their birth parents. They ask if they can search on behalf of their… Read More

Presenting “Adoptee to Adoptee”

Over the past couple weeks, Caitlin Howe and Steve Kalb of the post-adoption department have released two brand new videos on YouTube as part of our new ongoing web series called “Adoptee to Adoptee.” This video series produced… Read More

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do

By Megan Herriott | Staff Writer Fifteen years after placing her son for adoption, Gina Ledsma got in contact with Holt earlier this year. When we asked her if she was open to sharing her story, her response was… 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

Birth Parent Fantasies

By Fran Eisenman (published by In order to grapple with the idea of a birth parent, your grade-schooler may be concocting wild fantasies. Over the years, 7-year-old Amy and her mom have had several “birth mother” talks…. Read More

“Lion” – A Movie Review

This movie really hit home. Adapted from the book “A Long Way Home,” Lion is based on a true story that is like and yet unlike any other story of loss, grief and struggling to move forward when… Read More

Birth Parent Perspective Series

For the past several editions of the PAS newsletter, we have heard the birth parent voice from the perspective of the birth parents themselves as well as the social workers who provide them with counseling and support. Today,… Read More

Birth Parent — The Forgotten Voice of Adoption Series Part 5

Stigma and the Unwed Mom By Billie Loewen, Creative Lead Why does the distinction between children who have lost their parents through relinquishment or through family death or abandonment matter? It matters because if we hope to create… Read More

Our Son

My son asked me recently if I ever wrote articles for Holt’s post-adoption services newsletter that weren’t related to citizenship or documentation. When I said that I haven’t, he asked me why not. Good question. I asked him… Read More

How to Create Openness in International Adoption

Recently, the adoption and post-adoption staff at Holt went through a training given by domestic adoption social workers that opened our eyes to the difference between true “openness” in adoption versus contact with a birth family. One of… Read More