Creating Connections with Older Children

By Celeste Snodgrass, LCSW-PIP | Director of Clinical Services Parents of younger children (under the age of 6 or 7) have many opportunities throughout the day to help their child meet their needs. Children often need help with… Read More

How You Can Play, Connect and Beat the Winter Blues All at Once!

*Most activities from Theraplay ® activities flip book One of the most common struggles parents face is playing with their children. For some, it just doesn’t come natural to be playful with kids. Often, we are too heavy… Read More

Know Your Attachment Style: A Deeper Look at Creating an Attachment-Rich Relationship With Your Adopted Child

Over the past 60 years, we at Holt have observed thousands of adoptive parents and children come together to form families. Each family has had a different experience. Now, as we approach our 60th anniversary this year, we… Read More

Sleep and Adoption

By Julian Davies, MD This article by Dr. Julian Davies was originally published at www.adoptmed.org by the Center for Adoption Medicine at the University of Washington. Reprinted with permission. "People who say they sleep like a baby usually… Read More

Worried that You Don’t Have that Loving Feeling?

Adopting any child over the age of a year makes bonding and attachment a completely different experience. It catches many parents, especially moms, by surprise and often leaves them feeling alone, lost, guilty, angry, sad, and just about… Read More

You Ain’t Crazy

Since our last newsletter, Holt hosted Jayne Schooler, author of “Wounded Children, Healing Homes,” in an excellent webinar about understanding the impact parenting traumatized children has on adoptive parents. I want to provide you with a review of… Read More

Habits for a Happy and Healthy Mealtime

By SPOON Foundation Shared mealtimes are a critical way to deepen attachment whether you have a 5 month old or a 15 year old. But the dinner table is not always an easy place for adopted or foster… Read More

Adolescent Attachment Part 2: “Smooth Moves for Parents”

Hi Everyone, In this article, I will be reviewing what we discussed in our most recent webinar on adolescent attachment — “Smooth Moves for Parents.” The basic attachment cycle of tuning into our child, making sense of and… Read More

Adolescent Attachment

On November 6, 2013, Holt presented the first of two webinars on Adolescent Attachment.  This article will highlight some of the great information in that broadcast.  First, typical teen developmental will be covered. Second, the impact of past… Read More

Book Review: “A Place I Didn’t Belong” by Paula Freeman

This book was written by an adoptive mother who went back to graduate school to get her Masters in Social Work (MSW). She currently works in adoption in Colorado. Her book provides a venue for moms to understand… Read More