As the Illinois and Wisconsin branch of Holt International, we seek a world where every child has the support and resources to reach their full potential — a world where every child has a loving and secure home.
With a commitment to serving every individual with dignity and compassion, we provide support and resources for women facing unplanned pregnancy, and facilitate domestic newborn and international adoption for families in Illinois and Wisconsin, as well as step-parent and relative adoption in Wisconsin. We also offer lifelong post-adoption services for all who are touched by adoption.
Always, we focus on each child’s unique needs — keeping the child’s best interest at the forefront of every decision.
Unplanned Pregnancy Support
For women facing unplanned pregnancy, we offer options counseling, referrals, adoption planning, parenting support and a listening ear. We empower women to make a plan that is best for her and her baby.
Domestic & International Adoption
Our domestic infant program matches and facilitates adoptions between families living in Illinois and Wisconsin and birth parents in our program. We also have international adoption programs in nine countries.
Post-Adoption Support & Therapy
We offer post-adoption support, workshops, groups and therapy for birth parents, adoptive parents and families, and adoptees of all ages. We are dedicated to providing the tools and support to help all families thrive.
The caring, professional staff at Holt International stands committed to serving birth parents, children and families throughout their lives — providing the education, support and resources needed for lifelong success. Throughout your adoption process, you may have questions and concerns, or may just need to talk to someone who understands. Our compassionate and experienced staff will be here for you every step of the way.
The Illinois and Wisconsin branch of Holt International has a long and unique history of serving children — with roots planted as early as 1926 by a man named Reverend John Klinberg.
Reverend Klingberg had already created a home for children in Connecticut when he sent his daughter, Mabel, to Chicago in hopes of opening another one. Mabel was able to find a house and on October 17, 1926, the Klingberg Children’s Home of Chicago was born. In 1953, the home moved to a 36-acre farm in Wheaton, Illinois named “Sunny Ridge Farm,” which led to a new name for the home — “Sunny Ridge Home for Children.” Here, children from 4 to 18 years old who were orphaned or separated from their families lived together, building life skills.
In 1979, the first child from Sunny Ridge home joined a family through adoption — creating the foundation for the Sunny Ridge Family Center domestic adoption program. Two years later, Sunny Ridge placed their first child through international adoption. Over the next 10-20 years, Sunny Ridge Family Center grew enormously. By 1986, they were placing over 100 children through domestic adoption every year, and by 1994, they had placed over 750 children from China.
After 50 years in Wheaton, Illinois, Sunny Ridge decided to move their location to Bolingbrook, Illinois in 2007. Here, they continued to serve children and families domestically and around the world. In April 2014, Sunny Ridge began yet another exciting chapter when they merged with Holt International to become Holt-Sunny Ridge. Then, in June 2019, Holt-Sunny Ridge became licensed in Wisconsin and acquired Lutheran Social Services of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan (LSS)’s private domestic adoption services in Wisconsin.
With these many organizational changes, Holt-Sunny Ridge also evolved in name — officially becoming “Holt International, Illinois and Wisconsin branch” in November 2020. With a unique and expansive history and evolution in identity that began over 90 years ago, the Illinois and Wisconsin branch of Holt International today remains dedicated to the mission of strengthening families at risk of separation and finding loving, permanent homes for children — in Illinois, Wisconsin and around the world.