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You Played Such a Vital Role

Whitney and Barrett Wilson adopted three siblings from Colombia with help from a Holt adoption grant. Read their letter of thanks and the update about their family that they wrote to Holt donors.

Adoptive family in Colombia with three kids

Contributing Donors,

We want to thank you for contributing to our adoption through generous donations to Holt International. As you are aware, there are many barriers to overcome during the adoption process, and the financial burden is one of the more significant of those. However, your generosity has helped to lessen that burden and make it possible to keep our sibling group of three children together and to bring them to their new home.

“Your generosity has helped to lessen that [financial] burden and make it possible to keep our sibling group of three children together and to bring them to their new home.”

We were originally matched with Vale, Santi and Juli in May 2021. In June we officially accepted the match and we were able to begin video calls with our children each week. We traveled to Colombia in September and met our children in person on September 14. The next month consisted of many meetings and appointments to complete the adoption and prepare to travel home, but it was also a sweet time of getting to know our kids and see their home country.

siblings adopted from Colombia
Vale, Santi and Juli at their home in Tennessee.

On October 7 we were able to come back to the United States, and for the past month and a half we have been spending our time bonding and learning to be a family of five. Each day has its challenges, but our children are resilient. They are also so sweet and so much fun! We have been homeschooling, playing outside on our play set, building forts, drawing, and meeting a few friends and family. Our children love watching movies each week, taking their dogs on walks, having dance parties, and reading books. Additionally, our children are receiving the emotional, medical and spiritual support and care they need and deserve.

All of this has only been possible because of the support we have received from family, friends, Holt staff, and donors like you. We are grateful for your willingness to support our family and other families like ours. We hope you are able to continue to support other families and that you receive encouragement knowing that you have played such a vital role in the lives of these children.

Sincerely,

The Wilson Family

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