Category: Open Adoption (Page 2 of 2)

Welcome Home!

Congratulation to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

In May, Scott and Danielle were thrilled to bring home their son, who was born in Florida in April. He joins his big sister at home. 

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Sean and Karry are delighted to introduce their beautiful daughter, born in July and adopted through our domestic program. 
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In July,  Karen and Pam celebrated the arrival of their son, who they adopted through our interstate program. Big sister is ecstatic too! leimberer-29dec16 leimberer-family

Congratulations to Greg and Joanna, who welcomed their son in September through our domestic program. 

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This Year End, Partner With Holt-Sunny Ridge

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.

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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 susans@holtinternational.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.

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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A Great Way to Support Adoptive and Foster Families

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Are you looking for a way to serve adoptive, foster and Safe Families kids and parents?

The Vulnerable Children’s Ministry is in the process of forming a support group at a home in South Barrington.

The group will meet monthly on either a Thursday or Friday evening from September through May, with December off.  Please email vcministry127@gmail.com if you are interested in helping in one of the following areas: 

Childcare: Care for children in a child-friendly room of the house while parents are being refreshed with dinner and a time of learning and connection with other parents. Training and background check provided.

Dinner: Provide a simple dinner for parents coming to the support group. Dinner can be purchased or homemade, and brought to the group. Sign up for one or more months. Financial reimbursement may be possible when necessary.

Thanks for your consideration in supporting our families!

If you are a parent that needs refreshment, stay tuned for details about this support group.

For additional support, you can always contact Holt-Sunny Ridge’s adoption competent therapist, Pam Shepard at pams@holtusa.org.

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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