Category: Adoptive Families (page 2 of 7)

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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Cookies With Santa 2017

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!

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