Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp

This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will be hosting our first Journey of Hope summer camp for domestic and international adoptees and their families.

This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for adoptees and their families. Even years after their adoption, some children may struggle with behavior regulation, attachment and social skills. This camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Parents will also receive specialized TBRI training. Other activities include fun sensory games, art and equine therapy.

When: Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $350 per family or $450 for a family with more than one child

Only ten spots are available for this pilot camp and applications are due by  March 31, 2017. So apply now! 

Download application here!

Adoptive Parent Resources

Below is our comprehensive list of online resources and books for families considering adoption, in the adoption process or those who have already brought their child home.

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Supporting Your Child in Today’s Racial Climate

One of the things parents can easily miss in raising their children of color is racism. Children of color experience it much earlier than we might think. The curious preschooler often experiences differences among each other as a novelty, something to celebrate. Somewhere around age 5 or 6, however, celebration can turn to taunting. Every day, the media bombards us with confrontations over race, religion, orientation and other polarizing differences. These events may seem very distant from your neighborhood, but smaller confrontations are happening every day right in your community.

 

These smaller confrontations have a name: microaggressions.

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Behr & Neena

Behr and Neena are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

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Hello!

Thank you for choosing to look at our profile book and take the time to get to know us. We are blessed to be able to welcome a child into our home and that child will be loved unconditionally. Adoption has always  been a part of our family and it is our dream to continue on that path. We know it can be a difficult decision, but we appreciate your consideration. We have a sincere respect for you and the courage it takes to make this decision. Our dream would not be possible without you.

Love,

Behr & Neena

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Cookies With Santa 2017

The first snowfall of the year helped us to enjoy one of our very favorite events of the holiday season — Cookies With Santa! It was truly a warm, festive time together with lots of photos, cookies, sugar-highs and laughs.

Cookies With Santa is a time-honored Sunny Ridge tradition, an event that for years and years has united the Sunny Ridge family of birth parents, adoptees and adoptive families. We are so happy to continue this event as Holt-Sunny Ridge.

Some of the little ones were celebrating their very first Christmas, and they didn’t know quite what to think of Santa! Some of the older kids were equally apprehensive, but didn’t hesitate to whisper their Christmas wishes in his ear, or even deliver to him special handwritten notes.

Thank you to everyone who braved the weather and came out to celebrate with us. We look forward to continuing this Holt-Sunny Ridge tradition for many years to come!

See photos from our time together below!

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Meet Carly!

carlyCarly Schrimpl, LCSW, is beyond thrilled to continue to serve and help adoptees and their families find their best selves. Carly obtained her bachelor’s of social work degree from Western Illinois University and her master’s degree in social work from Illinois State University. She developed her passion for working with adopted children and their families at The Baby Fold, a child and family services organization in Central Illinois where she also implemented Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) strategies in their Residential Treatment Center. Carly has experience working in high-risk situations with children who have severe behavioral issues and trauma backgrounds, and never loses hope to find healing solutions for both children and their families. Carly has also served as an adoption preservation therapist at Metropolitan Family Services in the Chicagoland area, and she is a huge advocate for TBRI®, Theraplay® and the Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) model. She uses her eclectic therapeutic approach to build healthy attachments between parents and their adopted children, and she believes that everyone can find hope and healing through attachment work. Carly approaches each family with empathy and provides tools for more peaceful, healthy relationships.

Winter Calendar of Events

We are dedicated to supporting you and your family for life. See our list of upcoming events and classes for adoptive families and adoptees of all ages. All events held at our Bolingbrook office unless otherwise noted. Workshops and groups have a registration fee. Visit our calendar of events to register.

For the TBRI® workshop series, attendance at all four workshops is mandatory.  If you have previously attended a series and only missed one workshop, you may sign up for that specific workshop once prior attendance has been verified.  Please email Pam Shepard at pams@holtsunnyridge.org to request approval.

Below is the list of our upcoming events. If you have any questions, or have trouble signing up, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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