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Meet Carly!

carlyCarly Schrimpl, LCSW, is beyond thrilled to continue to serve and help adoptees and their families find their best selves. Carly obtained her bachelor’s of social work degree from Western Illinois University and her master’s degree in social work from Illinois State University. She developed her passion for working with adopted children and their families at The Baby Fold, a child and family services organization in Central Illinois where she also implemented Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®) strategies in their Residential Treatment Center. Carly has experience working in high-risk situations with children who have severe behavioral issues and trauma backgrounds, and never loses hope to find healing solutions for both children and their families. Carly has also served as an adoption preservation therapist at Metropolitan Family Services in the Chicagoland area, and she is a huge advocate for TBRI®, Theraplay® and the Attachment Regulation Competency (ARC) model. She uses her eclectic therapeutic approach to build healthy attachments between parents and their adopted children, and she believes that everyone can find hope and healing through attachment work. Carly approaches each family with empathy and provides tools for more peaceful, healthy relationships.

Winter Calendar of Events

We are dedicated to supporting you and your family for life. See our list of upcoming events and classes for adoptive families and adoptees of all ages. All events held at our Bolingbrook office unless otherwise noted. Workshops and groups have a registration fee. Visit our calendar of events to register.

For the TBRI® workshop series, attendance at all four workshops is mandatory.  If you have previously attended a series and only missed one workshop, you may sign up for that specific workshop once prior attendance has been verified.  Please email Pam Shepard at to request approval.

Below is the list of our upcoming events. If you have any questions, or have trouble signing up, please don’t hesitate to contact us!

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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. 


Sean and Karry are delighted to introduce their beautiful daughter, born in July and adopted through our domestic program. 

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. 


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.


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 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.

The Story Behind the Photo: Understanding the Power of Community

Holt adoptee and camp counselor Leah Ferriby shares the story behind this photo from Holt Camp 2016. 

Holt Camp is an interwoven community threaded with commonality, strength and resilience. The picture above represents a moment when I finally understood the power of community. I attended camp for nine years and had the amazing experience of getting to know other adoptees on the East Coast who shared a similar aspect of their identity. This year, I had the privilege of being a counselor — not only at the East Coast camp, but also the Oregon, Nebraska and Wisconsin camps. Never had I imagined that the adoptee community could reach and impact so many lives. Each camp had different dynamics, but in the end, was built on the same foundation. Camp is a place where our own vulnerabilities are open, and I have found over the years that it’s these vulnerabilities that connect us so deeply to one another. This summer, I found community within crisscrossed arms, tear-stained faces and heavy-hearted goodbyes.

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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 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

Teaching TBRI ® Concepts Through Books


If you have attended a TBRI ® — or Trust-Based Relational Intervention — training, you are familiar with these phrases: re-do, asking or telling, accepting no, and compromise or negotiate.  Social worker Cindy R. Lee has written several children’s books using these important concepts or life scripts as the main storyline.  As a therapist who works with kids who come from hard places, I find these books extremely helpful in communicating some of these important messages to young children.  You can order the books on Amazon.  Here are some of the titles:

“The Redo Roo”
“Baby Owl Lost Her Whoo”
“The Penguin and the Fine Looking Fish”
“Doggie Doesn’t Know ‘No’!”
“It’s Tough to be Gentle; A Dragon’s Tale”

Each of the books provides a two-page explanation of the TBRI ® concept, technique or strategy that the story is about.  They also provide teaching tips for parents and colorful illustrations for the kids!

Pam Shepard | LCSW, Supervisor of Clinical Services

To learn more about the TBRI model of intervention, click here.

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