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!
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!
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!
“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.
The Empowered to Connect conference is designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and childcare professionals learn to connect with children who have experienced grief or trauma — children who come, as Dr. Purvis says, from “hard places.” The conference will offer hands-on, practical tips to engage with and support at-risk children — helping them heal and reach their full potential.
Location in Illinois:
Village Bible Church
847 North State Route 47
Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554
This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will be hosting our first Journey of Hope summer camp for domestic and international adoptees and their families.
This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for 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.
When: Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $350 per family or $450 for a family with more than one child
Details of camp:
- 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.
Only ten spots are available for this pilot camp and applications are due by March 31, 2017. So apply now!
For more information, contact Pam Shepard at firstname.lastname@example.org.