Category: Adoptive Families (page 1 of 8)

8 Tips to Manage the Transition from School to Summer

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we will ever do. As parents, many of us rely on school. We can take a break to recharge, or we can prepare for the mornings, nights and weekends.

So what do we do when summer comes along, and our breaks go out the window? Sending our kids to fun camps, playdates or activities can be helpful. But how do we complete our normal day-to-day activities and provide our kids with structure and nurture? How do we use self-care for ourselves?

These 8 tips can help parents manage the transition from school to summer routines — allowing children to ease into a new schedule.

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Welcome Home! Spring 2019

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!

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Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp 2019

Holt-Sunny Ridge will host the Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp for adoptees and their parents this summer!

This two-day family camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for domestic and international adoptees and their families. Even years after their adoption, some children may struggle with behavior regulation, attachment and social skills. With specialized assistance from TBRI practitioners, this camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Other activities include fun sensory games, art and four hours of EAGALA equine therapy!

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Welcome Home! Winter 2019

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!

Parents Jeremy and Laura and big sister Analise joyfully welcomed Elizabeth from China, born October 2016.

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How to Write a Meaningful Update to Your Child’s Birth Mother

Many adoptive parents struggle with what to include in an update to their child’s birth mother. Questions frequently asked: Am I providing too much information or not enough? Am I going to make our child’s birth mother feel sad if I talk about all the amazing things we are doing as a family? Should I include pictures of our child with us or just alone?

Below is a detailed update to a birth mother. Consider writing something along these lines when the time comes for you to write to your child’s birth parents.

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Welcome Home Spring 2018

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

 

Baby Benjamin joined his parents, Brad and Meghan, in January 2018 through domestic adoption!

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Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp

This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will host the second annual Journey of Hope summer camp for adoptees and their families!

This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for domestic and international 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!

Journey of Hope family camp is a therapeutic day camp. Each child is assigned an adult buddy to be with them and teach them coping skills throughout the day.  Parents will be learning the full TBRI® parenting intervention that is approximately 20 hours of education. Parents and children will be participating in group EAGALA equine therapy each day of the camp as well with certified EAGALA therapists and equine specialists. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided to the families all three days.

When: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $750 per family or $1,000 for a family with more than one child

Details:

  • 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.
  • Lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included in the camp price nor arranged by Holt-Sunny Ridge.

Only ten spots are available and applications are due by April 6, 2018. So apply now! 

Download application here to apply!

For more information, contact Pam Shepard at pams@holtsunnyridge.org

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