Adopting with Hearts and Eyes Wide Open
All Adoption Stories
Understanding Your Wants and Your Needs before Adopting
My name is Angie Lewis and I was able to attend the November ambassador trip to Beijing, China with Holt International. I am the mother of five children ranging from 6 to 20 years old. Our youngest is adopted from China and was 4 years old when we brought her home. Our family has been blessed beyond what words can say by our sweet Nicole!
After adopting Nicole, we felt our role in adoption was so much more than just bringing her home. When Holt announced this Beijing ambassador trip, I knew it was the next step I needed to take in helping orphans.
I am pleased to introduce and advocate for the first of the two sweet children I met in Beijing.
Elise is a darling little 4-year-old who loves music and blowing kisses. This precious little girl has a smile that will melt your heart. She reminds me so much of our daughter adopted from China. On the first day of meeting Elise, she was very shy. But by the second day I was greeted with that heart-melting smile. Elise lives in a foster care home within her orphanage.
After a week of watching her interact with her caregivers, I could tell how much she is loved. On one of the days, we were blessed to take a special visit to the zoo with some of the children. During this time, I was able to watch Elise walk, dance and climb stairs. Even though she walks with her left foot turned slightly in, she is able to get around very well.
As we were walking around the zoo, I could hear her singing to herself or with her caregiver. Every time she heard music, she began to dance, clap or move her head.
Elise has received an irregular brain MRI, which means that her adoptive family will have to be comfortable with some unknowns in her development. She is receiving speech and physical therapy at the orphanage.
The first day I met Elise, her caregivers were quick to tell me how smart they believe her to be. Throughout the week, the caregivers took any opportunity they could to show off Elise and all that she could do.
I was touch by this adorable girl as I interacted with her. Her heart-melting smile and loving kisses bring so much joy to everyone she meets.
If you want to learn more about Elise and the eligibility requirements for adopting her, contact Jessica Zeeb
Holt’s Child-Centered Approach We believe that every child needs and deserves a permanent, loving family. What is best for every orphaned and abandoned child is, however, as unique as every child. When considering a child’s future, Holt always keeps the child’s best interest at the forefront of every decision. Holt International pioneered the modern era of int...Learn more, see kids, or contact agency 250 Country Club Rd Oregon
"I wasn’t given the same opportunity to grow up where I was born"
On his personal blog about adoption, fatherhood, and lessons learned, WACAP CEO Greg Eubanks shares about the relationship he and his youngest son have been working to recreate. With his son’s permission, he offers a few thoughts, with hindsight and from
Learning about Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)
A mother recounts meeting her daughter's Korean foster mom 11 years after her adoption.
Inhale slowly, then exhale and allow your mind to follow your path to its ultimate end
"There was no real reason for me to cry, but my body just acted in the moment, and the next thing I knew, I was crying,”
Avoiding the Pitfalls