Category: Post Adoption (page 1 of 5)

8 Tips to Manage the Transition from School to Summer

Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we will ever do. As parents, many of us rely on school. We can take a break to recharge, or we can prepare for the mornings, nights and weekends.

So what do we do when summer comes along, and our breaks go out the window? Sending our kids to fun camps, playdates or activities can be helpful. But how do we complete our normal day-to-day activities and provide our kids with structure and nurture? How do we use self-care for ourselves?

These 8 tips can help parents manage the transition from school to summer routines — allowing children to ease into a new schedule.

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The Connected Family

Learn about Empowered to Connect, TBRI and how one weekend drastically changed the way that one adoptive mother and father connect with their children.

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Meet Samantha!

Samantha Brady is an adoption therapist at Holt-Sunny Ridge. Learn more about her!

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The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do

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.”

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The Adoption Lens of “This Is Us”

THIS IS US — “The Most Disappointed Man in the World” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

In a review that originally appeared on Holt International’s Post Adoption Services blog, we explore what this hit NBC show has to say about adoption. 

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Welcome Home! Fall 2017

Welcome home to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!


Stephanie and Wes, along with big brothers, Owen, Carter and Emmett (from left to right) welcomed home Veda, born July 16, 2017.

 

Parents Jesse and Mandy, siblings Brock, Carolyn and Brett welcomed their sister Hunter in June through our domestic program!

 

Jennifer, Brian and big brother Owen welcomed Jonathan from Haiti, age 3, in June.

 

Dariusz, Elzbieta and big brother welcomed Leah from China in July!

 

Behr and Neena welcomed Claire in May through our domestic program!

 

Jamie and Emily welcomed Felix in July through our domestic program.

 

John, Laura and family welcomed home their son from Haiti in July.

 

Left to right: Charlotte, Jeff (dad), Finn (adopted from China April 2012) Joy , Shelby  and Carter.

Jeff and Joy brought Charlotte home from China in July 2017!

 

Learn more about domestic or international adoption through Holt-Sunny Ridge!

Meet Olivia!

As of May 2018, Olivia Bus is Holt-Sunny Ridge’s birth parent and adoption social worker!

My name is Olivia Bus and I am a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in social work. In order to graduate, all students must participate in an internship at a social services agency, so I am excited to be completing my internship at Holt-Sunny Ridge. I have been talking about wanting an internship at Holt Sunny Ridge since August 2016, so this has been a long time in the making. I am very happy to be at Holt-Sunny Ridge and have been learning so much about all of the programs offered by our branch.

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