How to Strengthen Your Child’s Self-Worth By Simply ‘Being With’

by Carly Schrimpl, LCSW and Contract Therapist at Holt-Sunny Ridge   Parents are on the frontlines for developing self-worth in their children. And yet, the power and importance of a parent’s connectedness to their child is often underestimated…. 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

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

Birth Parent Perspective Series

For the past several editions of the PAS newsletter, we have heard the birth parent voice from the perspective of the birth parents themselves as well as the social workers who provide them with counseling and support. Today,… Read More

Raising Black Boys

Raising Black Boys Roundtable event now available on Soundcloud. Last February, Holt International and Boys and Girls Aid of Portland collaborated to facilitate “Raising Black Boys: A roundtable discussion” for adoptive parents and adoption professionals. This was a… Read More

Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Karyn Purvis

On April 12, 2016, the world suffered an incredible loss. Dr. Karyn Purvis lost her battle with cancer but not before she impacted the world by helping thousands of families and children find dramatic levels of healing in… 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

Adoption Nutrition: Cerebral Palsy

By SPOON Foundation  Children with cerebral palsy (CP) are at high risk for feeding difficulties and resulting malnutrition. Feeding difficulties in children with CP can include difficulties with drinking liquids, swallowing, and/or chewing. Causes of Nutrition and Feeding… Read More

Balancing Structure and Nurture

Wouldn’t life be so much easier if you were provided with a handy flow chart and manual when you became a parent? Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen. And so as parents, we just keep trying — making mistakes and… Read More