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Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp 2019

Holt-Sunny Ridge will host the Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp for adoptees and their parents this summer!

This two-day family camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for domestic and international adoptees and their families. Even years after their adoption, some children may struggle with behavior regulation, attachment and social skills. With specialized assistance from TBRI practitioners, this camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Other activities include fun sensory games, art and four hours of EAGALA equine therapy!

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Dan & Val

UPDATE: Dan and Val are matched with a child!

Welcome to the profile of Val and Dan!  Please enjoy your time getting to know us and our family.  We can’t imagine how the adoption process feels for you. Val can, however, give some insight into the adoption process as she is a perfect example of how it can have such positive results.  She was adopted as an infant, because her birth mom was quite young and wanted to give Val more than she was able to provide at the time, both emotionally and financially.  Val’s amazing parents raised her to know what a selfless act of love this was, and that is exactly how we will raise your child, too.  Our promise to you is to be your child’s greatest role model, teacher, nurse, cheerleader, support system, friend and parent.  We will love them forever with our whole hearts, and provide for them a life full of opportunities, love, laughter and support.

Thank you so very much for considering us and we look forward to learning more about you.

With Love,

Valerie and Dan

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I Have Them, They Have Me: Empowering Single Moms in Chicago

A single mother in Chicago — alone and suffering from a traumatic past — Nina thought placing her three children for adoption was her only option. Then she heard about Holt-Sunny Ridge, and their new program to empower single moms in Chicago. 

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Welcome Home! Winter 2019

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!

Parents Jeremy and Laura and big sister Analise joyfully welcomed Elizabeth from China, born October 2016.

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Steve & Sara

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

Dear Birth Mother,

We are thankful for you, and honored that you might consider us to raise your baby. We fully understand the responsibility that comes with adopting, and we can assure you that your baby will be raised in a warm, stable, happy, and secure household surrounded by family and enveloped in love.

Be assured — we will be open with our child from the beginning about how they came into our family, and your name will always be honored and revered in our home.

Please know that we admire you and your difficult decision, and we are honored that you might consider us to care for, provide for, and love your child. Our gratitude is beyond measure. Thank you again for considering us as your baby’s future parents.

Love,
Steve and Sara

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Maggie & Bill

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

Hi, we are Maggie, Bill, & Ella. Thank you for taking the time to consider our profile.

For many years we have hoped to bring another child into our family and share our love. This is an uncertain time for us as adoptive parents and for you as a birth mother. There are so many questions and different things to worry about. Your choice of adoption is both courageous and inspirational. Our promise to you is to respect you and your decision and raise your baby with love, openness, and honesty. We believe that all people should be treated with kindness and compassion and want to instill those values in our children.

Our priority as parents is to love and support our children and ensure that they are happy and proud of who they are. As you decide which family is right for your child, we hope you will consider us and are happy to answer any questions you have about our family and our parenting. We will be forever thankful to you for your trust and the opportunity to add to our family.

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How to Write a Meaningful Update to Your Child’s Birth Mother

Many adoptive parents struggle with what to include in an update to their child’s birth mother. Questions frequently asked: Am I providing too much information or not enough? Am I going to make our child’s birth mother feel sad if I talk about all the amazing things we are doing as a family? Should I include pictures of our child with us or just alone?

Below is a detailed update to a birth mother. Consider writing something along these lines when the time comes for you to write to your child’s birth parents.

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