Author: Holt-Sunny Ridge

Jacob & Nerissa

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

Hello!

Thank you so much for taking the time to learn about us!  Even though we don’t know each other yet, we want to begin by sending you our love. Our hearts are full with admiration and gratitude for you and your courageous act of love.  We know that without your strength, we will never be able to be a mom or dad.  We are so excited to become parents and look forward to sharing our life and unconditional love with a child.

We met over 14 years ago and had an immediate connection.  In our 12 years of marriage, that connection has grown even more as we continuously work together toward our dreams and are hoping for a child to join us. We’ve built an amazing life full of love, laughter, and adventure.  We are kind, big-hearted people, who believe in doing what’s right, and are blessed to have loving, supportive families who are waiting with us to welcome a child into our family.

We will do our best to teach this baby to enjoy life as they discover the world around them, to be kind to all, and value honesty and integrity.  As parents, we will always be there to give them a boost when they reach for the sky, and to pick them up when they stumble.  Our home is a space to be yourself, share without judgment, and celebrate creativity.

More than anything, we are a family team – always in it together.

Thank you for taking the time to get to know us.

With Love,

Jacob and Nerissa

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The Adoption Process from a Legal Perspective

Genie Gillespie, an adoption attorney, met with Holt-Sunny Ridge waiting families to discuss the legal aspects of adoption. This informative training provided our families with in-depth details regarding the adoption process. Take a look at some of the information!

During the training, great FAQs about the role of a child’s birth father were discussed.

Families also learned about 2019 adoption tax credit information.

To learn about Genie Gillespie, click here.

Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp 2019

Holt-Sunny Ridge will host the Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp for adoptees and their parents this summer!

This two-day family 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. With specialized assistance from TBRI practitioners, this camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Other activities include fun sensory games, art and four hours of EAGALA equine therapy!

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Dan & Val

UPDATE: Dan and Val are matched with a child!

Welcome to the profile of Val and Dan!  Please enjoy your time getting to know us and our family.  We can’t imagine how the adoption process feels for you. Val can, however, give some insight into the adoption process as she is a perfect example of how it can have such positive results.  She was adopted as an infant, because her birth mom was quite young and wanted to give Val more than she was able to provide at the time, both emotionally and financially.  Val’s amazing parents raised her to know what a selfless act of love this was, and that is exactly how we will raise your child, too.  Our promise to you is to be your child’s greatest role model, teacher, nurse, cheerleader, support system, friend and parent.  We will love them forever with our whole hearts, and provide for them a life full of opportunities, love, laughter and support.

Thank you so very much for considering us and we look forward to learning more about you.

With Love,

Valerie and Dan

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I Have Them, They Have Me: Empowering Single Moms in Chicago

A single mother in Chicago — alone and suffering from a traumatic past — Nina thought placing her three children for adoption was her only option. Then she heard about Holt-Sunny Ridge, and their new program to empower single moms in Chicago. 

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Welcome Home! Winter 2019

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!

Parents Jeremy and Laura and big sister Analise joyfully welcomed Elizabeth from China, born October 2016.

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