Two weeks ago, Holt staff from across the U.S. and around the world gathered in Eugene, Oregon to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Holt International. More than 35 child welfare and orphan care experts from 12 countries — including Cambodia, China, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Korea, Mongolia, Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam and from around the U.S. — came to share wisdom, ideas and inspiration as we continue seeking a world where every child has a loving and secure home.
The Holt-Sunny Ridge staff was represented at the conference by branch director, Amy Trotter, and domestic adoption and birth parent services director, Nancy Crouch. Nancy was among the week’s contributors, presenting on openness in adoption.
It was a wonderful week, full of passion, inspiration and hope for creating a better world for children. Here are some highlights from our time together.
Amy (left) and Nancy (right), along with other Holt branch staff, pose for a photo with Molly Holt. One of the daughters of Holt International’s founders, Harry and Bertha Holt, Molly has dedicated her life to caring for children with special needs at Holt’s Ilsan Center in South Korea.
Hey Holt-Sunny Ridge families and friends, celebrate adoption with us on July 31st at the annual Holt-Sunny Ridge picnic for domestic and international families! Whether you are considering adoption, in the adoption process, adopted many years ago or you are an adoptee – this picnic is for you! This is a chance to see old friends, make new ones and enjoy fun activities with others who are united by the experience of adoption.
What to bring: The entire family, a friend and lawn chairs/blankets. We’ll have desserts and beverages available throughout the gathering with popsicles and piñatas at 4:00 p.m. If you’re planning on going in the Splash Park, bring swimsuits and a towel. There are additional costs for Splash Park and mini golf (below).
Splash Park: $3/child, under 1= free, Adults = free
Mini Golf: $5/person
Please RSVP at holtinternational.org/picnics or contact Pame Chow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 888-355-HOLT, ext. 122
We realize that when you bring your child home, it is just the beginning of your parenting journey. And we stand dedicated to providing you with education and support — helping you ensure your child grows and develops to his or her fullest potential.
Approximately 50 people attended the Empowered to Connect simulcast on April 8 and 9 in Illinois, including many parents and professionals who work with families and children. And here’s what some of them had to say about it!
During this month, we come together as birth parents, adoptees, families, friends, neighbors, communities and organizations/businesses to celebrate, educate and promote awareness of adoption. For many, adoption is our family’s building blocks, our passion for our work, and for some, the essence of who we are. While for many, adoption is still a hope…
This year for National Adoption Awareness Month, the Children’s Bureau’s theme is “We Never Outgrow the Need For Family.”
So how are you celebrating?
Adoption.com has some really great ideas for how to celebrate, educate and promote awareness of adoption. Here are a few from their “30 days of ideas” to help get you started:
• Listen to Someone’s Story — Hearing someone else’s adoption story can be just as rewarding as sharing your own.
• Ask a Local Library to Display Adoption-Related Books