“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.
Below is our comprehensive list of online resources and books for families considering adoption, in the adoption process or those who have already brought their child home.
One of the things parents can easily miss in raising their children of color is racism. Children of color experience it much earlier than we might think. The curious preschooler often experiences differences among each other as a novelty, something to celebrate. Somewhere around age 5 or 6, however, celebration can turn to taunting. Every day, the media bombards us with confrontations over race, religion, orientation and other polarizing differences. These events may seem very distant from your neighborhood, but smaller confrontations are happening every day right in your community.
These smaller confrontations have a name: microaggressions.
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!