Post-Adoption Coaching & Education

All parents encounter challenges as their children grow up. And sometimes, issues may arise that leave you uncertain of how best to respond. But not every issue requires therapy or counseling. The PACE program is here to help during those times.

Through Holt’s Post-Adoption Coaching & Education (PACE) program, you and your family will work one-on-one with an adoption-competent Holt professional over three sessions to identify strategies, tools and resources that will help address the specific issue or issues you and your child are struggling with. Unique from other parent coaching programs, the PACE program can also help to determine whether the challenge you’re facing is adoption-related, or just typical developmental growing pains. Each session will be conducted over a free video communications software that is easy to use, works on any device, and allows you to set up wherever is most comfortable and convenient for you.

While every family situation is unique, some common issues include:

  • Managing Behavior
  • Attachment/Bonding
  • Sleep Disruptions
  • Food Issues
  • Grief and Loss
  • Development
  • Transitions (School, Life, etc.)
  • School Challenges
  • Identity
  • Sibling Rivalry
  • Trauma
  • Managing Discipline
  • Dating
  • Birth Issues/Life Books

Holt's PACE Facilitators

Carolyn Cain

“For several years, I studied at a Bible college and traveled internationally with a music team before completing my bachelor's degree in human services and earning a master's degree in social work from California State University, Long Beach. I live in central California with my husband, who is a pastor, and our five children, two of whom were adopted from China through Holt. In addition to my experience in international adoption, I have also worked with a private foster care agency. I have a passion for helping children and families throughout the entire adoption process.”

Sunday Silver

“My name is Sunday Silver and I am Holt’s director of post-adoption services—administration. I received my Master of Arts degree in marriage and family therapy. I currently oversee Holt’s post-adoption standard services and provide post-adoption counseling and education. I came to Holt in 1992 and have through the years provided services to all members of the adoption triad, whether through pregnancy counseling for birth mothers, education and direct services for adoptive parents, or counseling and birth search services for adult Adoptees. I take great pride in providing counseling and education around multiple adoption-related issues.”

Nicole Van Ginkel

“My name is Nikki Van Ginkel, and I’m a Holt adoption social worker. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a wide variety of adoptive families as part of the homestudy and adoption process, as well as clinically, for the past 12 years. I have seen many of the common struggles adoptive families face — both through my work with Holt, and in my clinical practice. As a clinical social worker, I have helped parents manage everything from behavioral challenges to attachment struggles with their children, and I am excited to use my expertise to help more families through the PACE program.”

Samantha Sutherland

“My name is Samantha Sutherland and I have over 10 years of experience working with children and families. I began my career as a middle school teacher and then earned my master's degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin before moving to California. I’ve also worked with Child Protective Services, private foster agencies and in community counseling. I love helping families and children find stability and happiness.”

Gary Sampson

“My name is Gary Sampson and I have over 28 years of experience working with adoptive families and children. I have a master’s degree in social work, and I am both a licensed clinical social worker and an approved social work supervisor. In my career, I have worked as an adoption social worker, a medical social worker for children with disabilities, an elementary school counselor and a primary school teacher. I am also a father to two adult daughters, one of whom was adopted from Korea. In my adoption work, I have often been amazed at the resilience of children and the commitment of adoptive parents, and through the PACE program, I hope that my skills in adoption services, education, social work and school counseling are helpful to parents and children brought together through adoption.”

The standard rate for the PACE program is $195 for three one-on-one sessions.

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