As the Illinois branch of 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.
With a commitment to serving every individual with dignity and compassion, we provide support and resources for women facing unplanned pregnancy, facilitate domestic newborn and international adoption for families in Illinois, and offer lifelong post-adoption services for all who are touched by adoption.
Always, we focus on each child’s unique needs — keeping the child’s best interest at the forefront of every decision.
Unplanned Pregnancy Support
For women facing unplanned pregnancy, we offer options counseling, referrals, adoption planning, parenting support and a listening ear. We empower women to make a plan that is best for her and her baby.
Domestic & International Adoption
Our domestic infant program matches and facilitates adoptions between families in Illinois and birth parents in our program. Through Holt International, we also have international adoption programs in eight countries.
Post-Adoption Support & Therapy
We offer post-adoption support, workshops, groups and therapy for birth parents, adoptive parents and families, and adoptees of all ages. We are dedicated to providing the tools and support to help all families thrive.
The caring, professional staff at Holt-Sunny Ridge stands committed to serving birth parents, children and families throughout their lives — providing the education, support and resources needed for lifelong success. Throughout your adoption process, you may have questions and concerns, or may just need to talk to someone who understands. Our compassionate and experienced staff will be here for you every step of the way.
Holt-Sunny Ridge joined with Holt International in 2014, but we have a long history of serving children in Illinois — with roots planted as early as 1926.
A man named Reverend John Klingberg had already created a home for children in Connecticut, but he also had plans to open one in Chicago. With this idea, he sent his daughter, Mabel, to Chicago. Mabel was able to find a house and on October 17, 1926, the Klingberg Children’s Home of Chicago was born. In 1953, the home moved to a 36-acre farm in Wheaton, Illinois named “Sunny Ridge Farm,” which led to a new name for the home, “Sunny Ridge Home for Children.” Here, children from 4 to 18 years old lived together, learning to help out with everyday duties and building life skills.
In 1979, the first child from Sunny Ridge Home joined a family through adoption — creating the foundation for the Sunny Ridge Family Center domestic adoption program. Two years later, Sunny Ridge placed our first child through international adoption. In the next 10-20 years, Sunny Ridge Family Center grew enormously. By 1986, we were placing over 100 children through domestic adoption every year, and by 1994, we had placed over 750 children from China.
After 50 years in Wheaton, Illinois, Sunny Ridge decided to move our location to Bolingbrook, Illinois in 2007. Here, we continue to serve children and families domestically and around the world. In 2014, Sunny Ridge began yet another exciting chapter when we merged with Holt International to become Holt-Sunny Ridge. With a unique and expansive history that began over 90 years ago, Holt-Sunny Ridge remains dedicated to upholding the vision of finding loving, secure homes for children both here in Illinois and around the world.