California Branch

28310 Roadside Drive, Suite 200
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Toll Free: 888-744-4658
Phone: 818-889-8045
Fax: 818-889-8046

Branch Director: Ann Cleary

Click here to visit the branch Facebook page and connect with our community!

Holt International’s California branch offers personable and caring support by providing experienced social workers to assist you with your adoption. Holt knows that throughout the adoption process, you will have questions and concerns, or may just need to talk to someone who understands. Holt’s California branch will be there for you as you embark on the journey to bring your child home.

We will complete two important portions of your adoption process, in particular — the home study and post-placement requirements. For families considering adopting through Holt, we will guide you through the home study process — and if you live in California, we will complete your home study and post placement requirements.

For families working with another placing agency, Holt can complete just the home study and post-placement reports for your adoption process if you live in California.

Schedule A One-On-One Consultation

Whether in person or over the phone, we look forward to answering any questions you have about our international adoption programs, eligibility and more. Call or email us to schedule a one-on-one consultation.

Call: 818-889-8045
Email: Sharon Walsh at

RSVP To A Group Information Meeting

Learn more about international adoption directly from one of our experienced social workers. We will guide you through the process by covering eligibility requirements, the home study, common child profiles, and Holt's mission of finding a loving and secure home for every child. Our hope is to help you navigate through this process – to attend, please see the upcoming dates below.

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Sharon Walsh
Date: April 21, 2018
Time: 11:00am
City: Orange Country/San Diego

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Sharon Walsh
Date: May 19, 2018
Time: 9:00am
City: Los Angeles

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Carolyn Cain
Date: May 21, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
City: Clovis

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Sharon Walsh
Date: June 2, 2018
Time: 11:00am
City: Orange Country/San Diego

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Carolyn Cain
Date: August 27, 2018
Time: 7:00pm
City: Clovis

Local Adoption Resources

Local Adoption Resources
Bay Area—FAIR (Families Adopting InterRacially),

North Bay Area—FCA (Families with Children from Asia)—contact Patti Sullivan at 707/538-1257


Sonoma CountyLiz Jimenez

Meet Our Team

Ann ClearyAnn Cleary
Branch Director

With 25 years of experience working with Holt International, Ann Cleary serves as Director of Holt's California Branch Office. She received both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and has a background in children's mental health. Ann is passionate about Holt's mission and dedicated to giving adoptive parents quality preparation and support.

On behalf of the California staff, we look forward to joining you in helping you build your family.

Sharon WalshSharon Walsh, BS
Branch Assistant

Sharon assists families with the adoption paperwork process in our California office from the point of application to finalization. She has a teaching background and has also been a program coordinator for international students. With her experience, Sharon also brings enthusiasm and a desire to help families with the details of their adoption journey.

Greater Sacramento Area and Northern California

Samantha SutherlandSamantha Sutherland

Sam has over 10 years of experience working with children and families. She began her career as a middle school teacher and then earned her master's degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin before moving to California. Sam has worked with Child Protective Services, private foster agencies and in community counseling. Sam loves helping families and children find stability and happiness.

Bay Area

Deborah IngramDeborah Ingram

Deborah Ingram completed her bachelor's degree in social psychology from the University of California–Santa Cruz, and her master's degree in clinical psychology from Chapman University. Deborah has over 25 years of experience in social services, working within diverse populations in multiple settings including the field of mental health. She is passionate about working with families in her community and has extensive experience working with adoption and children in foster care. Deborah says, "Coming to work with Holt International allows me to participate in the joy of adoption. Holt's commitment to excellence is palpable. I am honored to be a part of our team, and to be a part of Holt families' lives as they embark on the amazing journey of adoption."

Kimberly-Dowd-Uribe.jpgKimberly Dowd-Uribe

Kimberly Dowd-Uribe has 15 years of professional experience working with youth and families. She acquired her license in clinical psychology in Bogota, Colombia and a master's degree in East-West psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked in different countries — offering counseling, leading support groups, promoting community awareness and providing crisis intervention for individuals, children and families. Kim is a fervent advocate of adoption and is passionate about supporting families through the adoption process.

Greater Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara counties

Ilana CohenIlana Cohen, MSW, LCSW
(310) 612-0770

Ilana has worked for Holt International for more than eight years and assists families throughout Los Angeles County with their adoptions. She attended New York University and graduated with a Masters in Clinical Social Work. Ilana enjoys working with children and families and assisting them throughout their adoption journey.

Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties

Michael Guinn, MAMichael Guinn
(951) 529-8867

With his background in intercountry adoption, foster care social work, and elementary education, Mike has helped Holt "find families for children" in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties since 1999.

Southern Californian Korean speaking families

Kristine BalesSungeun Park, MSW
(949) 371-3787

Sungeun's broad experience in family therapy and parental counseling in both the United States and Korea make her a wonderful asset to Holt's team. With a Master's degree in social work, Sungeun has served adoptive families in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino and San Diego since 2004, specializing in Korean adoption. Fluent in Korean and English, Sungeun is uniquely qualified to assist adoptive families in the United States and Korea.

Central CA

Carolyn CainCarolyn Cain, MSW
(559) 392-2329

For several years Carolyn studied at a Bible college before completing her Bachelor's degree in human services and receiving a Master's degree in social work from California State University Long Beach. Carolyn and her husband live in Clovis, California and have four girls, two of whom were adopted from China through Holt. Before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom, Carolyn worked for several years at Holt International. In addition to her experience in international adoption, Carolyn has also worked with a private foster care agency. In August 2009, Carolyn happily resumed her work with Holt International, helping families through the adoption process as a social worker.