Special Needs

Two quotes – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

“I AM DIFFERENT NOT LESS” – Dr Temple Grandin Another week we dust ourselves down and go again. Although the route is still shrouded in mist and we face countless dead ends – we must keep going. If not for me but for our son. A session with a new health professional. Always a good sign when she does not ask me what I want, she asks our son. The health professional is going to contact school to see what…

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Top 10 Family & Adoption Videos of 2019 – Foster Parents Article

As we look back at the stories we shared in 2019, these 10 videos left the biggest impression on our followers — and on us. Which one is your favorite? Do you have a video or a story that you think would be good for us to share? Send it danielh@holtinternational.org!   This is only a snippet of a Foster Parents Article written by Daniel Hespen Read Full Parenting Article

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A Dispatch From The 2019 Korea Gift Team – Foster Parents Article

While traveling on this year’s Korea Gift Team trip with Holt, adoptive mom and donor Seri Boettcher kept a travelogue to tell her friends and family about the programs she visited and the children, families and individuals she met.  Holt staff member Amanda Baca holds a child in care during the 2019 Korea Gift Team trip.Holt Morning Garden Shelter We travelled back to Seoul yesterday afternoon after a VERY moving morning in Daejeon (where we spent the night) at the…

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Would You Adopt a Special Needs Child in Foster Care? – Foster Parents Article

We are The Burdick Family. We have fostered 12 years and have adopted six children who would otherwise have gone into foster care or could not reunify, making us a family of twelve. Our kids ages are 27, 25, 23, 21, 15, 14, 12, 5, 3, and 3. Our fostering journey began 15 years ago. After starting foster care classes and learning just how hard it can be — “we could never fit as foster parents!” We dropped out of…

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The Golden Ticket – A Dad trying to cope with the loss of his Partner and becoming a single parent. – Single Dad, Parents Article

It’s amazing what you come across on a daily basis. You get good discoveries that just make you go ‘wow’. The ones you can look at for ages and get a sense of wonder. Then you get other discoveries which make you go ‘wow’ for entirely different reasons. Today I came across a headline in one of our so called better newspaper – The Times. ************************ Children have been losing out because millions of pounds earmarked for their education has…

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What’s So Special About Peace House – Foster Parents Article

Before Emerson could go home to her adoptive family, she needed to have heart surgery in China. While recovering, she stayed at Holt’s donor-funded medical foster home in Beijing, where the love and care she received made such a difference — her mom can still see it, every day. When asked, adoptive mother Rachel Pace admits she doesn’t know a lot about the Peace House in China. Her 2-year-old daughter, Emerson, stayed at Holt’s medical foster home for only a…

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This Is For Every Child With A Special Need – Foster Parents Article

Like many of you, we watched Kodi Lee’s performance on America’s Got Talent last week through tears and celebration. But his performance meant something beyond deep and meaningful for every child with a special need, and their parents. You can do anything!   You are not discredited or disqualified because you have a disability, or a special need! You are equal to all human beings! These were some of the thoughts that raced through my mind, as tears streamed down…

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How Do You Know When It’s Time For Residential Treatment? – Foster Parents Article

It’s a question our team receives quite often from parents all over the world: “How do I know when it’s time to consider residential treatment for my child?” Our answer has changed over the years… I’ll admit it openly. If you would have asked me this question just 6 or 7 years ago I would have told you a very different answer than I would today. No doubt would I have said something to the effect of, “You’re exhausted, you…

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Pick Your Battles – Save Your Sanity! – Single Mum, Parents Article

This weeks podcast is about picking your battles! What do you mean ‘pick your battles’? As parents we have so many different things that we have to worry about and deal with on a daily basis. Making sure that these little humans grow up safe and secure and turn into hopefully productive members of society! But let’s be honest – they can REALLY test our patience and our sanity! Who among us hasn’t ended up in a battle royale with…

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Brain Injury – My Son’s Story & New Changes – Single Mum, Parents Article

Heather is a single mother living in beautiful Colorado. She has 3 wonderful children; twin 17 year old boys and a 11 year old daughter. She has lived in Colorado for the better part of her life and is a stay at home work at home mother. She started her own business over 9 years ago and is happily, albeit precariously, balancing work and personal lives. She spent over 8 years struggling financially and emotionally as a single…

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