Category: Open Adoption

Welcome Home! Summer 2017

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

Baby Mia came joined her parents Mike and Mimi in June.

 

Congratulations to Victor, who joined his parents, Gladys and Suresh, earlier this year!

Baby Harrison joined his family this spring — coming home to big sisters Georgia and Maya, and parents Katie and Isaac.

Congratulations to Jason and Erin, who welcomed home Willow in April!

Jessica welcomed home 2-year-old Nolan from China!

Congratulations to the McDermott family, which grew by two this year when Garry and Beatrice came home from Haiti in May!

Congratulations to Dorota and Marcin, who welcome home their son earlier this year!

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!

Together, We Make Family

Domestic open adoption brings birth parents, adoptive parents and their children together as a unique and beautiful family. This photo shows the significant moment of Killian’s birth mother and adoptive parents meeting for the first time — the beginning of a lifelong relationship centered around the love they all have for their son.

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5 Tips for Creating Your Adoption Profile Book

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The adoptive family profile book — one of the first steps in the domestic adoption process. It’s when you reveal your life, family and heart to a stranger, with hopes that this person will choose you to parent her child. Creating your adoption profile book is certainly a unique task and experience, one that may seem intimidating. But with some confidence and a little guidance, creating your profile book can be a fun first step in your adoption journey.

Here are our top five pieces of advice for your adoption profile book:

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My Relationship With My Birth Mom

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Dana DeStefano, a Holt-Sunny Ridge adoptee, shares about her adoption experience and the fulfilling relationship she has with her birth mom, Andrea.

My relationship with my birth mom is unique — I suppose it’s sort of unique to have a relationship with my birth mom at all. I hear many stories about adopted kids meeting their birth families and having disappointing experiences. I also hear stories of adopted kids who don’t have the opportunity to meet their birth parents at all. The relationship between my birth mom, Andrea, and me is such a special part of my life and I feel so blessed. She is my friend. She’s supportive and loving and a great role model. I can talk to her about anything and she will never judge me. She’s fun and cool and I love hanging out with her.

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Giving a Voice to the Birth Father

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Lately, on our blog and social media, we’ve focused on someone whose voice is often unheard in the adoption story: the birth father. While the birth father is in many cases out of the picture, we recognize that if he is involved, he has a very important role to fill in his child’s life. Because of this, we want to educate our community about the role of birth fathers, and give them a chance to tell their stories. So last week, we shared video interviews with Tim, a birth father who placed his child through Holt-Sunny Ridge. He shared honestly from his own personal experience about finding out about the pregnancy, making the decision with the birth mom to place their child and choosing an adoptive family.

Tim isn’t the only birth father who is speaking out about his experience. Turns out, birth fathers are speaking up! We just need to listen a little more closely.

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