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

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

Birth Parent Fantasies

By Fran Eisenman (published by adoptivefamilies.com) In order to grapple with the idea of a birth parent, your grade-schooler may be concocting wild fantasies. Over the years, 7-year-old Amy and her mom have had several “birth mother” talks…. 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

Roundtable Event

We recently held our second roundtable panel training event — Race/Racism & Adoptee Identity — for adoptive parents and adoption professionals in Portland, OR. The three-hour training featured a diverse panel of adult Adoptees describing the challenges of… Read More

A Review of the New Disney Movie

The new Disney movie, Moana, is a fabulous movie for everyone! But for girls of color, it is especially powerful — providing a strong, non-sexualized role model. Moana is a princess who saves her tribe and restores their… Read More