Journey of Hope Adoptive Family Camp

This summer, Holt-Sunny Ridge will host the second annual Journey of Hope summer camp for adoptees and their families!

This three-day camp is designed around the Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® parenting curriculum for domestic and international adoptees and their families. Even years after their adoption, some children may struggle with behavior regulation, attachment and social skills. This camp will equip families with tools and strategies they can use to help their child learn self-regulation skills and deepen family attachment. Parents will also receive specialized TBRI training. Other activities include fun sensory games, art and equine therapy!

Journey of Hope family camp is a therapeutic day camp. Each child is assigned an adult buddy to be with them and teach them coping skills throughout the day.  Parents will be learning the full TBRI® parenting intervention that is approximately 20 hours of education. Parents and children will be participating in group EAGALA equine therapy each day of the camp as well with certified EAGALA therapists and equine specialists. Lunch, snacks and drinks are provided to the families all three days.

When: Friday, June 22 – Sunday, June 24, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Hope Reins Equine Camp in Hampshire, IL
Cost: $750 per family or $1,000 for a family with more than one child


  • Families must be available to attend all three days of the family camp. If married, both parents need to attend all three days.
  • If a family has two adopted children who meet the criteria they may apply individually for each child to attend, although we cannot guarantee that both children will be accepted. Families must make other childcare arrangements for any sibling who does not meet this criteria.
  • Children must have been in your home for at least one year and be between the ages of 7 and 11 or have completed first grade by the time camp begins.
  • Lodging, breakfast and dinner are not included in the camp price nor arranged by Holt-Sunny Ridge.

Only ten spots are available and applications are due by April 6, 2018. So apply now! 

Download application here to apply!

For more information, contact Pam Shepard at

Kevin & Lynnea

Kevin and Lynnea are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!

Nice to meet you,

Thank you for taking the time to consider us. We understand that a decision like this is not easily made, and we would be forever grateful if we are chosen for this gift. We promise to provide love, support, laughter, and guidance to this precious life. Our journey to become parents began in 2011. After IVF was unsuccessful, we decided it was time to explore the wonderful opportunities that being adoptive parents could provide. We invite you to take a moment to view our story.

Kevin & Lynnea

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Welcome Home! Winter 2018

Congratulations to these newest Holt-Sunny Ridge families! 

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Empowering Mothers to Parent

Nine women are currently enrolled in our Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program, and we are so proud of the amazing progress they are making!

In October, we launched a brand new project that had been a dream of ours for years: to empower mothers in Chicago, who are considering adoption solely for lack of resources, to independently care for their children.

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The Adoption Lens of “This Is Us”

THIS IS US — “The Most Disappointed Man in the World” Episode 207 — Pictured: (l-r) Mandy Moore as Rebecca, Milo Ventimiglia as Jack — (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

In a review that originally appeared on Holt International’s Post Adoption Services blog, we explore what this hit NBC show has to say about adoption. 

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Empowering Women to Thrive

With an inspirational life story and incredible heart for women and children, we are so happy to introduce Loann Tan, who is leading our new Empowering Women, Strengthening Families program. 

I joined Holt-Sunny Ridge in November 2017 and I feel honored to work with women in the Empowering Women, Strengthening Families Program. It is an amazing blessing to be able to impact the lives of birth mothers to overcome hardship and help expectant mothers or new families in crisis stay together through this new program.

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Meg & Mitch

Meg and Mitch are waiting to welcome a child into their heart and home through open adoption. Learn more about them!


On our very first date, we snuck out of our agriculture economics class to eat pumpkin ice cream on a fall day too beautiful for numbers and lectures. Somehow, we subconsciously knew that we were meant to start an adventure together. We laughed so naturally that day and somehow wound up talking about our common dreams of living in the country and raising kids in a big white farmhouse with a garden and green grass and sunshine.

In the 9 years since that day, we have dedicated our lives to building the foundations of those dreams. We have been renovating our farmhouse (right down to the white siding) and hoping for a child to join us.  We’ve built a beautiful life together full of laughter and love (not to mention green grass, sunshine, and cuddly creatures). We are the kind of people who sing in the kitchen, admire the stars, and give our pets middle names. We believe first and foremost that we were all put on this earth to help each other.  We may not be rich or famous or powerful, but we are kind people who work hard to make our little corner of the world a better place. We feel lucky have a wonderful tribe of family and friends who are waiting with us, arms open, to welcome our child into to the fold.

We know that everyone who writes an adoption profile is coming from a place of love, hope, and gratitude. In that regard, we are not different from or better than the many other couples whose profiles you may be reading. Like them, we have hoped for a child. Like them, we will love and care for a child. Like them, we are so grateful for the opportunity to start our family.

We are guessing that what will help you choose is a connection — an intangible feeling that the profile you’re reading is about the people who are meant to raise your baby. We know without a doubt that there are a mother and child we are meant to know.

Please know that in choosing us to raise your child, you are welcome to join our adventure, too.  There are so many ways to make and be a family!

With Love,

Mitch & Meg

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