Helping Teens to Circle Back

“I mean, this is even kind of fun!” In its second year of operation, Circle Back has evolved into something that I was not expecting. Two years ago, as we were putting together the curriculum, I pictured this… Read More

Need Help? New PACE Program Offers Personalized Support

By Carolyn Cain | PACE Supervisor As an adoption social worker in central California, I’ve had the privilege to witness firsthand the joy that comes with adopting internationally. As an adoptive parent myself, I’ve also experienced the adoption… Read More

Journey of Hope Camp is “The Best Weekend of Their Lives!”

Camp season has come and gone, and this year we had a lot to celebrate! The 2019 Journey of Hope camp included an additional location in Eugene, Oregon where Holt is headquartered. Holt-Sunny Ridge, Holt’s branch office in… 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

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 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

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

Connecting in Groups

“Stick Together.” “No hurts.”  “Have fun” (Theraplay ®). These are three very simple phrases that guide our Kids’ Connection Group at Holt-Sunny Ridge.  In July and August of 2016, eight adopted children, ages 7-11, gathered once a week… Read More

Adoption Parenting Pathways

Check out a custom-built database for adoptive families! Find resources that fit your needs. Adoption Parenting Pathways (APP) is a great feature from Adoption Learning Partners that connects families to a national database of post-adoption support and resources,… Read More

Empowered to Connect Simulcast

In April, Holt International is excited to partner with the orphan care organization Show Hope to present live simulcasts of “Empowered to Connect” — a conference featuring the director of TCU’s Institute of Child Development, Dr. Karyn Purvis,… Read More