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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


  • 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

Welcome Home! Winter 2018

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

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The Adoption Lens of “This Is Us”

THIS IS US — “The Most Disappointed Man in the World” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

In a review that originally appeared on Holt International’s Post Adoption Services blog, we explore what this hit NBC show has to say about adoption. 

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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

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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