Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp

This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will host the second annual Journey of Hope summer camp for adoptees and their families!

This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for domestic and international 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!

Journey of Hope family camp is a therapeutic day camp. Each child is assigned an adult buddy to be with them and teach them coping skills throughout the day.  Parents will be learning the full TBRI® parenting intervention that is approximately 20 hours of education. Parents and children will be participating in group EAGALA equine therapy each day of the camp as well with certified EAGALA therapists and equine specialists. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided to the families all three days.

When: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $750 per family or $1,000 for a family with more than one child


  • Families must be available to attend all three days of the family camp. If married, both parents need to attend all three days.
  • If a family has two adopted children who meet the criteria they may apply individually for each child to attend, although we cannot guarantee that both children will be accepted. Families must make other childcare arrangements for any sibling who does not meet this criteria.
  • Children must have been in your home for at least one year and be between the ages of 7 and 11 or have completed first grade by the time camp begins.
  • Lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included in the camp price nor arranged by Holt-Sunny Ridge.

Only ten spots are available and applications are due by April 6, 2018. So apply now! 

Download application here to apply!

For more information, contact Pam Shepard at


  1. Sheri Deweerdt

    I would like more information about the tbri in June.

    • Holt-Sunny Ridge

      Thanks for inquiring, Sheri! I passed your message along to Pam Shepard, she will be getting in touch with you soon.

  2. Kelli Ryals

    Hi , we are interested in this camp!

    • Holt-Sunny Ridge

      Hi Kelli, Wonderful! I will pass your information along to Pam Shepard, and she will get back to you soon!

  3. Patty Hicks

    Is this full?

    • Holt-Sunny Ridge

      Hi Patty, Unfortunately the deadline for application has passed for this year. But please check next year about this camp! We are anticipating doing it again. Until then, you are welcome to contact Pam at if you’re interested in group or one-on-one TBRI services.

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