Category: Adoptive Families (Page 1 of 10)

Welcome Home! Winter 2021

Congratulations to our Illinois and Wisconsin families who recently had placements!

Sweet Willa was welcomed home in February 2020 by her adoring parents Nyke and Will.


Proud parents Luke and Beth will soon be celebrating their daughter Adelynn’s first birthday. Her domestic adoption was finalized in August 2020.


Congratulations to Ross and Sara who welcomed their daughter Karen from Colombia in October 2020.


Elated parents John and Amy celebrated their daughter Lucy’s finalization in October. Lucy was born in April 2020 through our domestic program.


James, Stephanie, and beaming big brother Ben welcomed Joshua home from Korea in November 2020.


Theo celebrated the arrival of her daughter Gabrielle, adopted in November 2020 through our interstate program.


Mike and Kelly welcomed home their daughter Elizabeth from South Korea in November 2020.


Jesse and Jaime and big sister Maggie finalized the placement of Bennet through our interstate program in December.


Lisa and Brian recently celebrated their first Christmas with son Colin who arrived in December through our domestic program.

Surviving the Holidays

The holidays are expected to be the most joyous time of the year. But for some families, it is the time of year that most intensifies both sadness and stress. Families who have been waiting for a child often feel additional grief and loss during the holidays. These feelings of emptiness can be overwhelming. The emphasis on children is highlighted during this season, often leaving childless families feeling isolated. I remember well the pain after attending countless events with my family and friends at which we were the only couple without children. I could barely escape without either crying or screaming, “Why me?” and “Where is my baby?!” My husband had to drag me to holiday parties and events. I would put a plastic smile on my face and say “I’m so happy to be here,” when in reality I wanted to hide in my bed and wait for the holidays to be over!

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Welcome Home! Fall 2020

We’re celebrating with our Wisconsin and Illinois families as they grow!

Best wishes to Ben and Annie, and their son Matthew, who was born in November through our domestic program.


Sweet Claire was born in February through our domestic program and is already enjoying adventures with her parents Justin and Samantha.


Elliott was welcomed home by brother Gavin and parents Nathan and Kimberly in February through our interstate program.


Proud parents David and Christina welcomed home their daughter Raelynn in March through our interstate program.


Congratulations to Tom and Tina on the arrival of their daughter Michaela, who was born in March and placed through our interstate program. She joins proud big sister Adeline.


Elated big sister Ella and parents Maggie and Bill celebrated the arrival of Will, who was born in March through our domestic program.


Enoch and Katie welcomed their son Jonathan in May who was placed through our domestic program. May the force be with you!


In June, Rebekah and Oscar joyfully welcomed their daughter Elena, placed through our domestic program.


Matt and Kate delight in their daughter Ella, placed into their family in July through our domestic program.


Overjoyed parents Steve and Meghan finalized the adoption of their son Grady through our domestic program in July.

Congratulations to all our families!

For more information about Holt’s International Adoption Programs, click here.

For more information about Domestic Adoption, visit our website.

If you are pregnant and want to speak to one of our options counselors, please call 800-Baby-Mom 24/7.

Welcome Home! Summer 2020

We’re thrilled to introduce our newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families from Illinois and Wisconsin!

Congratulations to Matt and Jen on the arrival of their son Charlie, who was born through our domestic program in August 2019.
Ron and Heather were thrilled to welcome Franci home in August. She was placed through Holt’s China program.
Congratulations to Guy and Michelle who finalized adoption of their granddaughter Hailey in October.
In November, Nikki and Ryan were excited to share the joy of the finalization of their son Griffin’s adoption with Holt staff Tracey and Val.
Twins Jack and Jace were born in December 2019 through our interstate program. Their parents Kristina and Joe welcomed them home, along with siblings James and Reyna.
James and Sanah brought their son Sakin home from Morocco in January 2020. He joins proud big sis Sarinah.

Jesse and Mandy joyfully welcomed their son Bo In January through our interstate program. He joins siblings Brett, Carolyn, Brock, Noah and Hunter.
Mila joined her delighted parents Kevin and Sheree in February through our domestic program.

Proud Parents, Angie and Theron, and big sister, Ava, were thrilled to finalize Oliver’s domestic adoption in March.

Congratulations to all our families!

For more information about Holt’s International Adoption Programs, click here.

For more information about Domestic Adoption, visit our website.




Celebrating Pride Month

Even if your family is staying home and socially distancing, there are many ways to celebrate Pride Month virtually!

Click here for 35 ways your family can celebrate, including links to virtual events, history, and books.
If your family is looking for more ways to advocate, check out these ideas.
This sweet children’s book Love Makes a Family celebrates all families.

Check out this great guide for same-sex parents: Journey to Same-Sex Parenthood.



Holt-Sunny Ridge receives a grant from The MAGIC Charities Foundation

As we recognize National Foster Care Month in May, Holt-Sunny Ridge is pleased to announce a partnership with The MAGIC Charities Foundation, whose mission is to advocate for and invest in the well-being of children through initiatives in four important areas: children’s health, education, safety, and family relationships.

Holt-Sunny Ridge is delighted to be the recipient of a $5000 grant awarded by MAGIC Charities to support our post adoption therapeutic services for adoptive and foster families in Illinois. These funds will directly benefit families through an endowment for therapy services for uninsured or under-insured families, plus sponsorships for one foster family to attend our Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)®  training series and another to attend our Journey of Hope 2021 family camp.

Camp attendees, their parents, and TBRI®  trained staff enjoy group time

EAGALA equine therapy is a favorite part of camp

We recently had the opportunity to talk to adoptive mom Lauren Pura, who is on the Board of Directors for The MAGIC Charities. She shared her excitement about the partnership and how Holt-Sunny Ridge aligns with the mission and vision of their foundation.

Tell us about your role.

I lead our Adoptive Families and Foster Care initiative. For this strategic priority, our organization is focused on finding ways to support families and individuals that have experienced adoption or foster care. Our other strategic priorities include Children’s Health, Literacy and Education, and Advocacy and Child Safety.

Do you have a personal passion surrounding these strategic areas?

Being an adoptive mom I know first-hand how complex adoptive family relationships can be. I feel extremely passionate about helping other adoptive and foster families connect to vital and successful programs. Many families need support beyond the initial adoption. There are many post adoption services available, but access to quality counseling and other support can be difficult to find.

Supervisor of Clinical Services Pam Shepard demonstrates an activity during therapy

What captured your attention about Holt-Sunny Ridge and their programs?

I believe it’s critical for families to find counselors who have the training necessary for the unique needs of adoptive and foster families, which differs from traditional counseling methods. When I began researching organizations that provide support to these families, what struck me about Holt-Sunny Ridge is that they provide various programs that follow families throughout the adoption and foster care lifecycle. They offer a variety of post adoption services that help to ensure that families are healthy and successful as their children grow.

In what other ways is The MAGIC Charities Foundation engaging in the community?

For adoptive and foster families, we are partnering with organizations that speak to our mission. We directly support the educational and healthcare needs of adopted and foster care children and their families with financial aid, meals, counseling, support, and educational programming. This year we instituted a MAGIC scholarship fund that is driven by the belief that children in need should have the opportunity to pursue their dreams through education. The scholarship fund provides both academic and non-academic support in the form of assistance for tuition, textbooks, housing, transportation, and food/nutrition.

How has the current global pandemic affected programs like yours?

It’s created new challenges for nonprofit organizations like Holt-Sunny Ridge and us, who depend on volunteers and personal interaction to deliver their specialized programs to families and children in need. Holt’s TBRI® summer camps were canceled but will be back stronger than ever next year. At MAGIC, we’re operating “all hands on deck,” and our Executive Director is personally packaging and delivering meals for children that do not have a stable food source while out of school.

The pandemic’s economic impact is widespread. Nonprofits are experiencing a reduction in donations, and their financial resources are diminished. But the need is great, and we’re more committed than ever to support organizations like Holt-Sunny Ridge to ensure vital programs for adoptive and foster families continue.

Read more about the partnership between Holt-Sunny Ridge and The MAGIC Charities Foundation here

For information about post adoption therapy services at Holt-Sunny Ridge, please visit our website.

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