Jeanette and Mark’s lives changed forever when they adopted Mya from Holt-Sunny Ridge’s domestic adoption program. Hear their story, and the advice they have for other families in the adoption process.
Fifteen years after placing her son for adoption, Gina Ledsma got in contact with Holt earlier this year. When we asked her if she was open to sharing her story, her response was an enthusiastic “yes.” While the environment and circumstances are different from country to country and individual to individual, Gina’s domestic U.S. adoption story is one that may resonate with any birth mother. And understanding stories like hers is important for everyone who is touched by adoption.
Gina will never forget the three hard, precious days she had with her son.
“I just counted all the toes and fingers,” she says, remembering those days in a hospital bed in Eugene, Oregon. “I looked at every little piece and part — and said my goodbyes.”
As 2016 winds to a close, we at Holt-Sunny Ridge reflect on the past year and the many blessings for which we are thankful. We consider ourselves so fortunate to guide and support women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy, and to help unite children with families through adoption.
Thanks to our supporters, we have over the past year been able to provide options counseling to 132 women, place 8 children with domestic adoptive families in Illinois, contribute to the 351 children who have joined families through Holt’s international adoption programs, and offer therapy services to countless adoptees and adoptive families.
No matter through which facet of our work, our ultimate goal is to ensure a stable, loving family for every child — whether that be in a loving adoptive family, or in the loving care of a child’s birth family.
So much of our work is with women in Illinois who are experiencing unplanned pregnancy. When a woman comes to us, we are there for her as a safe, listening ear and as compassionate professionals who can provide support as she decides the best option for herself and her baby. While we can help her make an adoption plan if she so chooses, we never pressure her to choose adoption — respecting each woman and the difficult situation and decision that she is facing. We meet with her as many times as she needs us, help her get connected with other pregnancy resources in our community, and remain a source of support throughout her life. Many of the women we counsel do decide to move forward with an adoption plan for their babies — and many women also decide that parenting their children is the best decision.
Throughout this process, we offer these services to each woman free of charge — whether or not she chooses to make an adoption plan. We are only able to do this because of the generous support of people like you — people who understand our mission and decide to partner with us in our work.
As you make your year-end charitable donations, will you consider giving to Holt-Sunny Ridge? In 2017, we anticipate growing our unplanned pregnancy and adoption services throughout Chicagoland and all of Illinois, and we can’t do it without your support.
You can make your contribution online here, or if you have more questions, you can always contact our director of donor engagement, Susan Stellmacher, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630-754-4510.
Thank you for your continued support of Holt-Sunny Ridge and the women, children and families in our community.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from all of us at Holt-Sunny Ridge.