Holt-Sunny Ridge will host the Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp for adoptees and their parents this summer!
This three-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!
In September and October, ads (like the one above) ran on the green and red L lines, as well as on buses and bus shelters in southwest Chicago. We had a great response and were so glad for the opportunity to share about adoption as an option for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.
What else has our community outreach team been up to?
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!
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.
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!
We are very excited to announce a brand new Tween Adoptee Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge! On Tuesday nights, we have adoptee groups for all ages!
Starting on December 13, we invite all 11-to-14-year-olds to come together for a fun, interactive time that focuses on building self worth. The group will be led by Carly Schrimpl, LCSW, and will take place from 6:30–8 p.m. at our office in Bolingbrook the second Tuesday of each month. While tweens meet, parents can also meet together at our office.
Along with this new group, we also now offer three ongoing Adoptee Tuesday Nights to support adoptees of all ages! A different group meets every Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8 p.m.