Holt International Children's Services

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Every child has a story. From the moment a child enters our care or the care of our partners overseas, we view that child as an individual — and seek the best solution for their unique needs. When placing a child through adoption, we also seek the family most well equipped to help that child grow and thrive.

For children waiting to come home, we strive to provide the highest level of care. We have a vast network of orphanage partners with whom we work to uphold best practices such as a low staff-child ratio. In many countries, we helped develop foster care to ensure children receive the nurturing attention they need to reach developmental milestones. And because orphaned and abandoned children have specialized feeding and nutritional needs, we started an Orphan Nutrition Initiative to tackle malnutrition head on — especially for children with special needs.

We care deeply about children, and believe strongly in their future. When you adopt through Holt, we also care deeply about you and do everything we can to support you on your journey — fulfilling your hopes and dreams of parenting a child who truly needs a family.

Who We Are

At Holt International, we seek a world where every child has the support and resources to reach their full potential — a world where every child has a loving and secure home.

Since our founding in 1956, we have worked toward our vision through programs that strengthen and preserve families that are at risk of separation; by providing critical care and support to orphaned and vulnerable children; and by leading the global community in finding families for children who need them and providing the pre- and post-adoption support and resources they need to thrive.

Always, we focus on each child’s unique needs — keeping the child’s best interest at the forefront of every decision.

What We Do —

Around the world, we work toward our vision by providing individualized, child-focused services in three main program areas:

Family Strengthening:

We believe that children should grow up in the loving care of their families. That’s why our first priority is always to strengthen and preserve struggling families, whenever possible. Through nutritional, financial, health, education and counseling services, we provide the tools and resources families need to grow stable and self-reliant — enabling them to independently care for their children, and creating a safe, supportive environment for children to grow and thrive.

Orphan and Vulnerable Children Care:

Through our global network of local, on-the-ground experts and in-country partnerships, we ensure that children who have been orphaned or separated from their families receive the highest level of care while we work to reunite them with their families or unite them with a loving adoptive family. We do this through a holistic program of medical, nutritional, educational and psychosocial services tailored to fit their individual needs and carried out whenever possible in a nurturing, family-like environment.

Adoption Services:

When adoption is the best option for a child, our local partners first strive to find a domestic adoptive family — giving the child the opportunity to grow up in the country and culture of their birth. When international adoption is the best route to a stable, loving family, our expert team of social workers and adoption professionals works across the U.S. to find the family best suited to care for each child’s unique needs. As part of our commitment to serving adoptees and families, we provide pre- and post-adoption counseling, education, support and resources to ensure lifelong success for both children and their families


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