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

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

You’re so lucky: Addressing the myth of the lucky Adoptee

I was abandoned in the latter half of 1977 in Jeonju, South Korea. No name, no parting gifts or pictures. Just a 7-month-old baby boy left at a police station. Who knows why I was left? Maybe my… Read More

The Importance of (Birth) Family

It’s 1 AM, May 5th, 1978. A young couple sets forth from their small farm in Iowa to make a 4- hour drive to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. This is the day they’ll finally hold their baby… Read More

Webinar: Learn how to support Adoptees through travel and birth culture

Birth Country, Culture, Family – Learn the Best Ways to Support Adoptees Through Travel and Birth Culture You’re invited to this FREE, Informational Webinar November 7th 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time Travel and birth culture don’t have to be… Read More

When Adoptees Want to Search for Birth Relatives: Resource for Adoptive Parents

I often talk to adoptive parents who have questions about their adult child searching for their birth parents.  Some are in favor and want to know what they can do to help and some have concerns wanting to… Read More

The Other Sides of Birth Search

  When birth search is mentioned in the international adoption world, our minds usually drift to images of an Adoptee scouring through files and records, making pleas with foreign media outlets, or negotiating with foreign authorities in hopes… Read More