Welcome Home! Fall 2017

Welcome home to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families!

Stephanie and Wes, along with big brothers, Owen, Carter and Emmett (from left to right) welcomed home Veda, born July 16, 2017.


Parents Jesse and Mandy, siblings Brock, Carolyn and Brett welcomed their sister Hunter in June through our domestic program!


Jennifer, Brian and big brother Owen welcomed Jonathan from Haiti, age 3, in June.


Dariusz, Elzbieta and big brother welcomed Leah from China in July!


Behr and Neena welcomed Claire in May through our domestic program!


Jamie and Emily welcomed Felix in July through our domestic program.


John, Laura and family welcomed home their son from Haiti in July.


Left to right: Charlotte, Jeff (dad), Finn (adopted from China April 2012) Joy , Shelby  and Carter.

Jeff and Joy brought Charlotte home from China in July 2017!


Learn more about domestic or international adoption through Holt-Sunny Ridge!

Meet Olivia!

Masters of social work student, Holt-Sunny Ridge adoptee and Holt-Sunny Ridge intern!

My name is Olivia Bus and I am a graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in social work. In order to graduate, all students must participate in an internship at a social services agency, so I am excited to be completing my internship at Holt-Sunny Ridge. I have been talking about wanting an internship at Holt Sunny Ridge since August 2016, so this has been a long time in the making. I am very happy to be at Holt-Sunny Ridge and have been learning so much about all of the programs offered by our branch.

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In the Community, Fall 2017

In September and October, ads (like the one above) ran on the green and red L lines, as well as on buses and bus shelters in southwest Chicago. We had a great response and were so glad for the opportunity to share about adoption as an option for women experiencing an unplanned pregnancy.

What else has our community outreach team been up to?

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Halloween Placement Party!

The Saturday before Halloween, twelve adoptive families came to Holt Sunny Ridge for the Halloween Placement Party. There were twelve of the cutest babies in the most adorable costumes — the youngest was only 3 months old. We had a little Minnie Mouse, Boo from Monster’s Inc., and even an R2D2 just to name a few!

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New Program: Empowering Women, Strengthening Families

To expand our services to women, children and families in Illinois, we are excited to introduce the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program! 

Beginning in October 2017, with funding from a generous gift from Wayne and Nan Kocourek, the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program will provide counseling services, funding and trained advocates to help expectant mothers or new families in crisis stay together.

For qualifying applicants, the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program will help provide bridge funding for housing, educational scholarships, medical care and more so women who wish to parent their child will have the support and resources they need to make a parenting plan instead of an adoption plan.

Holt-Sunny Ridge works with dozens of women each year who are experiencing an unplanned pregnancy. For women who want to parent, but lack sufficient support, parenting skills, job skills or permanent housing, there are few resources outside of decentralized public assistance.

The Kocoureks want to help raise awareness about the need to empower women who wish to raise their children and they encourage others to join in supporting them as well. The Kocoureks feel there are some women who just need a boost up to get started in their new lives as mothers.

Women in the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program will have a dedicated counselor who determines the best way to use the program’s funds to help them overcome hardship. The counselor will work to identify, contact and solidify a team of ongoing support, which may include addressing issues such as food insecurity, the need for stable housing, vocational training, daycare or more.

“Empowering mothers to parent their children will meet such a huge need in Chicagoland and Illinois,” says Nancy Crouch, Holt-Sunny Ridge’s director of domestic adoption and birth parent services. “We are so grateful to the Kocoureks for this opportunity to expand our services.”

In the first year, the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program hopes to serve 20-25 women and over 30 children, with a plan to increase services in subsequent years.

Holt-Sunny Ridge began over 90 years ago as the “Sunny Ridge Home for Children” in Chicago. Over the decades, as adoption and child care policies changed, the organization transitioned from an orphanage to an adoption agency. In 2014, what was then “Sunny Ridge Family Center” merged with Holt International to further expand their services to children, becoming Holt-Sunny Ridge. Today, Holt-Sunny Ridge is a respected international and domestic adoption agency and post-adoption resource for families, dedicated to the mission of finding loving, secure homes for children and strengthening families both here in Illinois and around the world.

For more information, contact nancyc@holtsunnyridge.org

The Interstate Option

What is domestic interstate adoption? What is the process? How long does it take? We want to answer all of these questions and more!
Presented by Holt-Sunny Ridge, in collaboration with A Step Ahead Adoption Services and RG Adoption Consulting, this free information session will review exciting opportunities in interstate domestic adoption and the resources to begin your journey.

Sunday, November 12, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Holt-Sunny Ridge
270 Remington Blvd Suite D.
Bolingbrook, IL

To RSVP or for more information:
Call 877-532-0236
email: caroline@astepaheadadoption.com 

Welcome Home! Summer 2017

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

Baby Mia came joined her parents Mike and Mimi in June.


Congratulations to Victor, who joined his parents, Gladys and Suresh, earlier this year!

Baby Harrison joined his family this spring — coming home to big sisters Georgia and Maya, and parents Katie and Isaac.

Congratulations to Jason and Erin, who welcomed home Willow in April!

Jessica welcomed home 2-year-old Nolan from China!

Congratulations to the McDermott family, which grew by two this year when Garry and Beatrice came home from Haiti in May!

Congratulations to Dorota and Marcin, who welcome home their son earlier this year!

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