During a recent training at Holt-Sunny Ridge, one of our waiting adoptive parents — Mike — asked the question: Do waiting families ever get together for fun? What about bowling?
What a great question! Fun is definitely needed, especially during the waiting process.
With the go-ahead from us, in February Mike and his wife Mimi, hosted a bowling event with six other waiting adoptive families. Mimi’s mom helped Mike and Mimi plan the event, which included games, prizes and pizza! We all had a great time. A big thanks to Mike, Mimi and Mimi’s mom!
We love interacting with our local community to share about adoption and the services we offer!
Holt-Sunny Ridge social workers Colleen and Caroline enjoyed signing up new Holt child sponsors and answering questions about adoption at the Winter Jam concert on March 10 at Allstate Arena!
Congratulations to the following families, who have recently welcomed their child home!
Luke and Heather welcomed baby Michael into their family last October! Michael was born in Kentucky and was adopted through our domestic interstate program!
“Our daughter is such a JOY!”
James and Wendy, along with big brothers Matt, Chris and David, welcomed home 9-year-old Man Xi from China last August.
Congratulations to John and Dee, who welcomed home Owen from China!
One of the most common struggles parents face is playing with their children. For some, it just doesn’t come natural to be playful with kids. Often, we are too heavy on structure or correction because it’s what we think our kids need. But what if it were possible to teach our kids certain needed skills WHILE playing and having fun with them?
All of the activities below will meet your kids’ needs in some capacity. They will also help break up those long, dreaded indoor days!
Fifteen years ago, 17 girls and their adoptive families came home from China together. Today, they still get together every year to celebrate and remember the connection they all share.
“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.” — Chinese Proverb
We were a group of 34 people representing the adoption of 17 baby girls ranging from 13 months to 2 years old. Our group was an eclectic mix of ages, occupations and family compositions — there were married couples, single parents, two grandmothers, an aunt and an uncle. For some, this adoption was their family’s first child, maybe their only child. Others had older biological children and four had previously adopted daughters from China. Despite all of our differences, we had become fast friends by the time we reached Beijing.
Prior to our group leaving for China in January 2002, we had travel meetings where we all got to know each other before leaving. Our escorts from Sunny Ridge were social workers Bethanne Gennette and Julie Betts as well as Bill Li Jian Zhong who met us in China.
In July 2002, these families came together for their first reunion since coming home!
“Stick Together.” “No hurts.” “Have fun” (Theraplay ®). These are three very simple phrases that guide our Kids’ Connection Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge. In July and August of 2016, eight adopted children, ages 7-11, gathered once a week for five weeks to connect, learn and have fun. The group is founded on six main components: Rules, Check-in, Band-Aids, Activity, Feeding and Closing. These concepts are adapted from both Theraplay ® and Trust-Based Relational Intervention ®. The concepts help children learn skills that meaningful relationships are built upon: the ability to give care, the ability to seek and receive care, the ability to practice autonomy and the ability to negotiate needs.