Category: Adoptive Families (page 2 of 7)

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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Welcome Home!

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!

Play, Connect and Have Fun With Your Child!

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!

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Connecting in Groups

“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.

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Empowered to Connect 2017

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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.

Register today!

Location in Illinois:
Village Bible Church
847 North State Route 47
Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554

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Adoptive Parent Resources

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.

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Supporting Your Child in Today’s Racial Climate

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.

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