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Welcome Home! Summer 2017

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

Baby Mia came joined her parents Mike and Mimi in June.

 

Congratulations to Victor, who joined his parents, Gladys and Suresh, earlier this year!

Baby Harrison joined his family this spring — coming home to big sisters Georgia and Maya, and parents Katie and Isaac.

Congratulations to Jason and Erin, who welcomed home Willow in April!

Jessica welcomed home 2-year-old Nolan from China!

Congratulations to the McDermott family, which grew by two this year when Garry and Beatrice came home from Haiti in May!

Congratulations to Dorota and Marcin, who welcome home their son earlier this year!

Finding Hope Through TBRI®: The Journey of Hope Family Camp

In June, we held our first ever Trust-Based Relational Intervention® family camp for kids and their parents! Children were matched with volunteer buddies, who were by their side throughout the three-day camp. Adoptees engaged in a structured daily schedule that included nurture, movement, art and sensory time, while parents were taught Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) parenting principles by adoption-competent clinicians. The highlight for both children and parents was the equine therapy time each day, which gave them a chance to practice TBRI principles with the horses! 

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Welcome Home!

Join us in congratulating these Holt-Sunny Ridge families who recently brought their child home!

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Meet Our Very Own Guardian Angels – The Stark Family

For 20 years, the Stark family has served faithfully as Holt-Sunny Ridge foster parents — caring for children as they wait to be united with their adoptive families. Nancy Crouch, Holt-Sunny Ridge’s director of domestic adoption and birth parent services, shares about the amazing, meaningful impact the Stark have made over the years.  

I never really knew the true meaning of guardian angels until I met Paul and Cindy Stark, licensed temporary foster parents for Holt-Sunny Ridge. For over 20 years, the Stark family has been providing a loving and caring home to children in need. The dream of being foster and adoptive parents all started when Cindy was a student at the University of Notre Dame and working part-time for the assistant dean of marketing, Joanne, who would often talk to Cindy about her passion for adoption. Joanne adopted two young boys of a different race who were in need of a family, which really touched Cindy’s heart. The love that she observed in Joanne’s family was truly amazing and life-changing for Cindy. It did not matter what differences the family had with race, education or need. They were family.

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The Stark family with one of their foster babies.

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Welcome Home! Winter/Spring 2016

Congratulations to our newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!

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The Importance of (Birth) Family

In a post originally on the Holt International blog, one adult adoptee writes about finding a new identity through the birth of his daughter.

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Because Children Don’t Come With A Rulebook

This post, originally on the Holt International blog, discusses the importance of adoption-specific support for parents. 

As all new and veteran parents know, children don’t come with rulebooks. There is no universal guide for parents — only tips, techniques and advice passed down through generations or published based on new science or shared experiences. The Internet brought a new trove of parenting information — blogs and support forums, stories and photos, and platforms to celebrate special moments with the rest of the Google-sphere. Still, parenting can feel at times overwhelmingly difficult. Undoubtedly, at some point, all parents will face challenges they never imagined. For parents of adopted children, it can be more difficult to find support systems, information and advice tailored to the specific needs of an adoptive family. What works for a biological child may be the exact opposite of what will help an adopted child. So, who can adoptive parents turn to for sound advice and information when parenting feels hard?

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