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!
Tim and Deidra share about their domestic adoption journey and their daughter, Zoey.
Holt-Sunny Ridge came into our lives in the summer of 2013. We weren’t quite sure what we were looking for with an agency, but we had hoped that something would trigger our intuition and we would know that one agency would set itself apart from all the rest. That agency undoubtedly was Holt-Sunny Ridge. From the moment we arrived for our initial meeting we felt comfort and the more we spoke, the more we felt at ease with what can be a very overwhelming and emotional experience. Through Holt-Sunny Ridge’s comprehensive informational meetings, adoption classes and one-on-one attention, rest assured that you will be armed with all the information and assurance that you’ve made the right choice!
Jeanette & Mark share about their experience adopting their daughter, Mya.
After ten years of failed attempts in trying to have our own biological child, both naturally and through infertility treatments, we still had the strong desire to raise a family. Therefore, we decided to open our hearts to adoption.
We started our journey into adoption in January 2013. After doing research and attending different informational sessions, we chose Holt-Sunny Ridge to be our adoption agency.
Alison and Rob share about their adoption experience with Holt-Sunny Ridge and how their daughter, Zoe, joined their family.
We dealt with infertility for quite a while and after much consideration we decided we wanted to go the route of domestic adoption. We definitely did our homework and met with three adoption agencies before deciding to go with Holt-Sunny Ridge. We immediately felt that Holt-Sunny Ridge was the best fit for us. Everyone was so welcoming and nice. It had a small family feel and we felt like we were more than just a “number,” which was different from some of the other agencies we visited.
Just last week local news station WGN ran a story about the Illinois Safe Haven Law. And in their story, they featured one of our beloved Holt-Sunny Ridge families — the Haack family!
The Safe Haven Law’s purpose is to protect both birth parents and their newborns, stating that an infant, under 30 days old, may be safely relinquished to staff at any Illinois hospital, fire station or police station. The mother may remain anonymous, and the child will be safely placed with a permanent, loving family through adoption.
This news story came out at an especially meaningful time for the Haack family. It was around this time two years ago that their daughter Trinity came into their lives.
Christie Haack recounts their adoption story here:
“At around 7:30 the Thursday before Thanksgiving. Nancy Crouch called to let us know that a beautiful, dark-haired baby girl was relinquished at a fire department earlier that day. And there was the chance we could take her home on Saturday, less than 48 hours later — the Saturday before Thanksgiving!
Through our adoption journey, I learned that everything is in God’s time. Every year now, on the Thursday before Thanksgiving, I’ll always remember how one fateful phone call would change the rest of our lives forever! This was the day we found out about Trinity. This was the day we fell in love with the little girl we didn’t know anything about yet. This is the day we prepared to open our hearts to her. This is the day she stole our hearts…Even before we knew her. Trinity, you are loved so much!”
See the full story and video from WGN here.