Category: Adoptive Families (page 1 of 7)

Welcome Home! Fall 2017

Welcome home to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!


Stephanie and Wes, along with big brothers, Owen, Carter and Emmett (from left to right) welcomed home Veda, born July 16, 2017.

 

Parents Jesse and Mandy, siblings Brock, Carolyn and Brett welcomed their sister Hunter in June through our domestic program!

 

Jennifer, Brian and big brother Owen welcomed Jonathan from Haiti, age 3, in June.

 

Dariusz, Elzbieta and big brother welcomed Leah from China in July!

 

Behr and Neena welcomed Claire in May through our domestic program!

 

Jamie and Emily welcomed Felix in July through our domestic program.

 

John, Laura and family welcomed home their son from Haiti in July.

 

Left to right: Charlotte, Jeff (dad), Finn (adopted from China April 2012) Joy , Shelby  and Carter.

Jeff and Joy brought Charlotte home from China in July 2017!

 

Learn more about domestic or international adoption through Holt-Sunny Ridge!

The Interstate Option

What is domestic interstate adoption? What is the process? How long does it take? We want to answer all of these questions and more!
Presented by Holt-Sunny Ridge, in collaboration with A Step Ahead Adoption Services and RG Adoption Consulting, this free information session will review exciting opportunities in interstate domestic adoption and the resources to begin your journey.

Sunday, November 12, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Holt-Sunny Ridge
270 Remington Blvd Suite D.
Bolingbrook, IL

To RSVP or for more information:
Call 877-532-0236
email: caroline@astepaheadadoption.com 

Finding Hope Through TBRI®: The Journey of Hope Family Camp

In June, we held our first ever Trust-Based Relational Intervention® family camp for kids and their parents! Children were matched with volunteer buddies, who were by their side throughout the three-day camp. Adoptees engaged in a structured daily schedule that included nurture, movement, art and sensory time, while parents were taught Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) parenting principles by adoption-competent clinicians. The highlight for both children and parents was the equine therapy time each day, which gave them a chance to practice TBRI principles with the horses! 

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Bowling, Bingo and More!


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!

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Welcome Home!

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!

Play, Connect and Have Fun With Your Child!

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!

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Connecting in Groups

“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.

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