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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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Adoptee Tuesday Nights

We are very excited to announce a brand new Tween Adoptee Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge! On Tuesday nights, we have adoptee groups for all ages!

Starting on December 13, we invite all 11-to-14-year-olds to come together for a fun, interactive time that focuses on building self worth. The group will be led by Carly Schrimpl, LCSW, and will take place from 6:30–8 p.m. at our office in Bolingbrook the second Tuesday of each month. While tweens meet, parents can also meet together at our office.

Along with this new group, we also now offer three ongoing Adoptee Tuesday Nights to support adoptees of all ages! A different group meets every Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m.

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Welcome Home!

Congratulation to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

In May, Scott and Danielle were thrilled to bring home their son, who was born in Florida in April. He joins his big sister at home. 

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Sean and Karry are delighted to introduce their beautiful daughter, born in July and adopted through our domestic program. 
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In July,  Karen and Pam celebrated the arrival of their son, who they adopted through our interstate program. Big sister is ecstatic too! leimberer-29dec16 leimberer-family

Congratulations to Greg and Joanna, who welcomed their son in September through our domestic program. 

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This Year End, Partner With Holt-Sunny Ridge

As 2016 winds to a close, we at Holt-Sunny Ridge reflect on the past year and the many blessings for which we are thankful. We consider ourselves so fortunate to guide and support women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy, and to help unite children with families through adoption.

Thanks to our supporters, we have over the past year been able to provide options counseling to 132 women, place 8 children with domestic adoptive families in Illinois, contribute to the 351 children who have joined families through Holt’s international adoption programs, and offer therapy services to countless adoptees and adoptive families.

No matter through which facet of our work, our ultimate goal is to ensure a stable, loving family for every child — whether that be in a loving adoptive family, or in the loving care of a child’s birth family.

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So much of our work is with women in Illinois who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy. When a woman comes to us, we are there for her as a safe, listening ear and as compassionate professionals who can provide support as she decides the best option for herself and her baby. While we can help her make an adoption plan if she so chooses, we never pressure her to choose adoption — respecting each woman and the difficult situation and decision that she is facing. We meet with her as many times as she needs us, help her get connected with other pregnancy resources in our community, and remain a source of support throughout her life. Many of the women we counsel do decide to move forward with an adoption plan for their babies — and many women also decide that parenting their children is the best decision.

Throughout this process, we offer these services to each woman free of charge — whether or not she chooses to make an adoption plan. We are only able to do this because of the generous support of people like you — people who understand our mission and decide to partner with us in our work.

As you make your year-end charitable donations, will you consider giving to Holt-Sunny Ridge? In 2017, we anticipate growing our unplanned pregnancy and adoption services throughout Chicagoland and all of Illinois, and we can’t do it without your support.

You can make your contribution online here, or if you have more questions, you can always contact our director of donor engagement, Susan Stellmacher, at susans@holtinternational.org or 630-754-4510.

Thank you for your continued support of Holt-Sunny Ridge and the women, children and families in our community.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Holt-Sunny Ridge.

Words of Encouragement & Wisdom

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Tim and Deidra share about their domestic adoption journey and their daughter, Zoey.

Holt-Sunny Ridge came into our lives in the summer of 2013. We weren’t quite sure what we were looking for with an agency, but we had hoped that something would trigger our intuition and we would know that one agency would set itself apart from all the rest. That agency undoubtedly was Holt-Sunny Ridge. From the moment we arrived for our initial meeting we felt comfort and the more we spoke, the more we felt at ease with what can be a very overwhelming and emotional experience. Through Holt-Sunny Ridge’s comprehensive informational meetings, adoption classes and one-on-one attention, rest assured that you will be armed with all the information and assurance that you’ve made the right choice!

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