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Play, Connect and Have Fun With Your Child!

One of the most common struggles parents face is playing with their children. For some, it just doesn’t come natural to be playful with kids. Often, we are too heavy on structure or correction because it’s what we think our kids need. But what if it were possible to teach our kids certain needed skills WHILE playing and having fun with them?

All of the activities below will meet your kids’ needs in some capacity. They will also help break up those long, dreaded indoor days!

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A Family by Love

Fifteen years ago, 17 girls and their adoptive families came home from China together. Today, they still get together every year to celebrate and remember the connection they all share.

“An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place, or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break.”  — Chinese Proverb

We were a group of 34 people representing the adoption of 17 baby girls ranging from 13 months to 2 years old. Our group was an eclectic mix of ages, occupations and family compositions — there were married couples, single parents, two grandmothers, an aunt and an uncle. For some, this adoption was their family’s first child, maybe their only child. Others had older biological children and four had previously adopted daughters from China. Despite all of our differences, we had become fast friends by the time we reached Beijing.

Prior to our group leaving for China in January 2002, we had travel meetings where we all got to know each other before leaving. Our escorts from Sunny Ridge were social workers Bethanne Gennette and Julie Betts as well as Bill Li Jian Zhong who met us in China.

In July 2002, these families came together for their first reunion since coming home!

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Anthony & Cyndi

Anthony and Cyndi are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Dear Expecting Parents, 

We have written this letter over and over again. We want this letter to be filled with assurances, love, compassion and honor. We have a deep compassion for where you may be at right now reading these words, but also know we are very excited to invite a new child into our family and provide them with love and care. When people ask us why we want to adopt when we already have biological children, we honestly say because our heart breaks at the thought of a child needing a home. And God has blessed us with space in our hearts and home to welcome another child in. 

As birth parents, you will hold a place of honor in our family, for your courage and selflessness in wanting to provide what is best for your baby. Your child will always know where they came from, and that they are loved by their birth and adopted parents. 

We promise our home will always be a place of comfort and refuge, where they will be welcomed no matter their path in life. Our home will be a place where they will experience diversity. We promise to expose our children to people and cultures different than our own, so they can see the beauty and wisdom in all of God’s creation. Our home will be filled with compassion for our fellow man, so our children will learn to help those in need and share in the blessings God has given us. Our house will value education, but will tailor that education to meet the need of each child, so their knowledge will grow out of encouragement and not shame. Our home will be a place where laughter will fill the house with joy. Our home will be a place of peace, where we will teach our children how to handle life’s frustrations with grace and mercy. 

But most of all, our home will be a place where they will not just be told that God loves them, but they will know it by how we love them. 

It would be our incredible honor to be the adoptive parents to your child. Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about our family. We look forward to meeting you. 

With love, 

Cyndi and Anthony

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Connecting in Groups

“Stick Together.” “No hurts.”  “Have fun” (Theraplay ®). These are three very simple phrases that guide our Kids’ Connection Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge.  In July and August of 2016, eight adopted children, ages 7-11, gathered once a week for five weeks to connect, learn and have fun. The group is founded on six main components: Rules, Check-in, Band-Aids, Activity, Feeding and Closing. These concepts are adapted from both Theraplay ® and Trust-Based Relational Intervention ®. The concepts help children learn skills that meaningful relationships are built upon: the ability to give care, the ability to seek and receive care, the ability to practice autonomy and the ability to negotiate needs.

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Empowered to Connect 2017

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The Empowered to Connect conference is designed to help adoptive and foster parents, ministry leaders and childcare professionals learn to connect with children who have experienced grief or trauma — children who come, as Dr. Purvis says, from “hard places.” The conference will offer hands-on, practical tips to engage with and support at-risk children — helping them heal and reach their full potential.

Register today!

Location in Illinois:
Village Bible Church
847 North State Route 47
Sugar Grove, Illinois 60554

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Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp

This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will be hosting our first Journey of Hope summer camp for domestic and international adoptees and their families.

This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for adoptees and their families. Even years after their adoption, some children may struggle with behavior regulation, attachment and social skills. This camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Parents will also receive specialized TBRI training. Other activities include fun sensory games, art and equine therapy.

When: Friday, June 23 – Sunday, June 25, 2017 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $350 per family or $450 for a family with more than one child

Details of camp:

  • Families must be available to attend all three days of the family camp. If married, both parents need to attend all three days.
  • If a family has two adopted children who meet the criteria they may apply individually for each child to attend, although we cannot guarantee that both children will be accepted. Families must make other childcare arrangements for any sibling who does not meet this criteria.
  • Children must have been in your home for at least one year and be between the ages of 7 and 11 or have completed first grade by the time camp begins.

Only ten spots are available for this pilot camp and applications are due by  March 31, 2017. So apply now! 

Download application here to apply!

For more information, contact Pam Shepard at pams@holtsunnyridge.org

Adoptive Parent Resources

Below is our comprehensive list of online resources and books for families considering adoption, in the adoption process or those who have already brought their child home.

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