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

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

The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do

By Megan Herriott | Staff Writer Fifteen years after placing her son for adoption, Gina Ledsma got in contact with Holt earlier this year. When we asked her if she was open to sharing her story, her response was… Read More

Camp Season is Here!

(click here!) Hey Holt Campers! 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… Read More

Resources

We are pleased to announce that we have recently updated our resource list for adoptive parents. It is a comprehensive list of specific books and websites on various adoption issues. Please take some time to check it out…. Read More

The Race Issue from a White Mom’s Perspective

In my last article, I wrote about how transcultural adoptive parents embrace their adoptee’s culture as part of their family’s everyday life. I also touched upon how important it is for international adoptees to be around others who… Read More

Finding Hope Through TBRI ®: The Journey of Hope Family Camp

I looked over and he was asleep on the floor, his arm wrapped around a teddy bear. Watching Michael* sleep, I began to cry. Finally, a breakthrough, I thought. Finally, Michael felt safe. This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge offered… Read More

Four Tips About Race for Adoptive Parents in the Teen Years (that might surprise you!)

By Katie Naftzger, LICSW Distinguish cultural norms from cultural stereotypes. Cultural stereotypes are automatic, exaggerated, judgmental views regarding a particular race and/or culture. Stereotypes are not open to individual differences or new information. They are often based on… Read More

New Resource for Parents of Teen Adoptees

I recently attended the KAAN conference in Pittsburg. It’s a conference designed to educate, empower and connect people touched by adoption. Overall, the conference was extremely powerful as I was able to meet new friends, reconnect with and… Read More