Category: Post Adoption (page 1 of 5)

Journey of Hope Camp is “The Best Weekend of Their Lives!”

Holt-Sunny Ridge and The Ranch of Hope Reins teamed up once again in June to offer the second Journey of Hope camp!

This camp has equipped, strengthened and given adoptive families the opportunity to learn from a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum. Adoption is a lifelong journey, and the Journey of Hope camp allows adoptees and their parents to learn new tools and strategies – specifically to help children learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment.

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Summer Gathering 2019

Every summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge families and friends come together to celebrate adoption at our summer gathering! We spend an afternoon meeting new people, eating yummy food and playing on the splash pad or playground.

Thank you to everyone who joined us this year! We had SO much fun with you, and we look forward to our next event together.

Here are a few highlights from the event!

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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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