Preventing Child
Keeping Families

Preventing Child Abandonment, Keeping Families Together.

In 2016, child sponsors and donors helped more than 19,000 children and families stay together through Holt's family strengthening programs.

Around the world, thousands of children are growing up without the care and support of a family. Not because they don’t have one. And not because their families don’t love them. The reasons children are abandoned or relinquished vary from family to family and place to place. Poverty. Illness. War. Political instability. The enduring stigma of unwed motherhood. The list goes on.

But we believe that neither poverty nor illness nor stigma are just reasons for children to grow up apart from their families.

That's why our first priority is always to strengthen and preserve struggling families. Holt donors, people like you, provide the tools and resources. Families provide the drive and hard work. Together, we build a solid foundation for families to become stable and self-reliant, and for their children to grow and thrive.

Here is where Holt's family strengthening programs are happening around the world!

Holistic, Individually Tailored Support

Depending on the needs of the child and family, Holt's programs for vulnerable children and families may include a combination of the following services, trainings and assistance. Always, our goal is to help families grow stable and self-sufficient — able to thrive on their own.

What Kinds of Families Are In Family Strengthening Programs?

Holt is committed to serving the most vulnerable children and families in the most underserved regions of the world — places where poverty, illness, migration, underdevelopment and other factors put children at great risk of losing their families. Some children have already lost one or both parents, and many of the children in our programs live with grandparents or other relatives. While we strive to holistically support every child and family — meeting their basic health, nutrition, educational and psychosocial needs — we also meet each family where they are and develop a service plan uniquely tailored to their circumstances. Ultimately, our goal is to empower families with the tools and resources they need to grow stable and self-sufficient.

2016 Program Reach

Because of the kind and compassionate support of donors, thousands of children and families received lifesaving and life-changing interventions in 2016. But there are many more children and families who need an opportunity or a helping hand to achieve their dreams.

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children received medical care at the Mother and Child Hospital in Shinshicho, Ethiopia

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children received assistance to stay in school, including school fees, supplies, uniforms and classroom support

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children and families benefited from community development initiatives, like libraries, after-school programs and more

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single moms or female-headed households received support to keep their families strong, stable and together

Stories of Resilience. Stories of Generosity.

Change a Child's Life

You can make a lasting difference in a child's life — keeping them in school and helping their family to grow strong, stable and self-reliant. Without kind and generous people like you, children in Holt's programs wouldn't receive the support they need to thrive.

Donate to Holt's Family Strengthening Fund

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