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Empowering Women to Thrive

With an inspirational life story and incredible heart for women and children, we are so happy to introduce Loann Tan, who is leading our new Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program. 

I joined Holt-Sunny Ridge in November 2017 and I feel honored to work with women in the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program. It is an amazing blessing to be able to impact the lives of birth mothers to overcome hardship and help expectant mothers or new families in crisis stay together through this new program.

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Meg & Mitch

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


On our very first date, we snuck out of our agriculture economics class to eat pumpkin ice cream on a fall day too beautiful for numbers and lectures. Somehow, we subconsciously knew that we were meant to start an adventure together. We laughed so naturally that day and somehow wound up talking about our common dreams of living in the country and raising kids in a big white farmhouse with a garden and green grass and sunshine.

In the 9 years since that day, we have dedicated our lives to building the foundations of those dreams. We have been renovating our farmhouse (right down to the white siding) and hoping for a child to join us.  We’ve built a beautiful life together full of laughter and love (not to mention green grass, sunshine, and cuddly creatures). We are the kind of people who sing in the kitchen, admire the stars, and give our pets middle names. We believe first and foremost that we were all put on this earth to help each other.  We may not be rich or famous or powerful, but we are kind people who work hard to make our little corner of the world a better place. We feel lucky have a wonderful tribe of family and friends who are waiting with us, arms open, to welcome our child into to the fold.

We know that everyone who writes an adoption profile is coming from a place of love, hope, and gratitude. In that regard, we are not different from or better than the many other couples whose profiles you may be reading. Like them, we have hoped for a child. Like them, we will love and care for a child. Like them, we are so grateful for the opportunity to start our family.

We are guessing that what will help you choose is a connection — an intangible feeling that the profile you’re reading is about the people who are meant to raise your baby. We know without a doubt that there are a mother and child we are meant to know.

Please know that in choosing us to raise your child, you are welcome to join our adventure, too.  There are so many ways to make and be a family!

With Love,

Mitch & Meg

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Melinda & Kristopher

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


Thank you for viewing our profile! We admire your courage for choosing adoption and are thrilled you chose to view our profile! Through our struggle with infertility our faith has led us to adoption and we are excited to become parents and will love and support your child. We will encourage him/her to get a good education, build a strong Christian faith, and follow their passions. We will listen to their needs and opinions, and will always be there to support their decisions. We enjoy spending time with family and friends, whether it’s camping or just hanging out at home watching movies or playing board games. We look forward to including him/her in our everyday activities, vacations/trips, and family traditions.

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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!

Masters of social work student, Holt-Sunny Ridge adoptee and Holt-Sunny Ridge intern!

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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In the Community, Fall 2017

In September and October, ads (like the one above) ran on the green and red L lines, as well as on buses and bus shelters in southwest Chicago. We had a great response and were so glad for the opportunity to share about adoption as an option for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

What else has our community outreach team been up to?

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Halloween Placement Party!

The Saturday before Halloween, twelve adoptive families came to Holt Sunny Ridge for the Halloween Placement Party. There were twelve of the cutest babies in the most adorable costumes — the youngest was only 3 months old. We had a little Minnie Mouse, Boo from Monster’s Inc., and even an R2D2 just to name a few!

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