Growing Up, I WAS The Diversity

“You can’t be what you can’t see” – Marian Wright Edelman If you’ve ever sat down to interview someone for the first time, you know that there is just no way to predict the outcome. As I was… Read More

All Grown Up?

“Honey, I know you’re 25 now, but you’re not really all grown up,” I told my son with a smile. “I can still teach you things.” “I know, Mom, but at 25, I need to be all grown… Read More

The Role of Adoptive Parents in Birth Search

Through the years, I have received a number of calls from adoptive parents asking for advice on how to handle conversations with their child about their birth parents. They ask if they can search on behalf of their… Read More

8 Tips for Parents to Manage the Transition From School to Summer

By Samantha Brady, LCSW | Adoption Therapist at Holt-Sunny Ridge Parenting is one of the hardest jobs we will ever do. As parents, many of us rely on school. We can take a break to recharge, or we… Read More

Honoring the Adoptee’s Story: An Overview of Lifebooks and Life Story Work

Marissa Robello, LMSW, CSWA | Clinical Social Worker Finding ways to craft our own personal narratives is an essential component of the lifelong process of healthy identity development. The field of psychology calls this concept narrative identity, which… Read More

It’s Complicated

by Joanna Mittereder, LSW | Branch Social Worker Much has been written about helping adopted children and their parents navigate school projects that trigger emotional issues surrounding adoption. You know, the Trace Your Family History and Draw Your… Read More

TBRI Camp Coming to Oregon, Returning to Illinois!

By Marissa Robello, LMSW, CSWA and Pam Shepard, LCSW Holt International’s branch office in Illinois, Holt-Sunny Ridge, ran its first therapeutic TBRI-based camp — the Journey of Hope — in 2017.  We are happy to announce that we will be… Read More

Presenting “Adoptee to Adoptee”

Over the past couple weeks, Caitlin Howe and Steve Kalb of the post-adoption department have released two brand new videos on YouTube as part of our new ongoing web series called “Adoptee to Adoptee.” This video series produced… Read More

Adoptee Camp

We are gearing up for another great camp season and we are so excited to see new and returning faces! Holt Adoptee Camp is such a special place for adoptees — not only do they have fun, but… Read More

Call for Research Participants

We receive several requests from academics asking Holt to help recruit participants for studies on international adoption. Once we determine if the study is relevant to our work, will contribute substantially to our field, and has passed IRB approval, we… Read More