Serving Families in California

If you are adopting a child and you live in California, we can complete your homestudy and post-placement requirements — regardless of whether or not Holt is your placing agency! Please fill out the form below to receive more information or to get started.

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 social workers will be there for you as you embark on the journey to bring your child home.

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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 sharonw@holtinternational.org

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: California Branch
Date: October 6, 2018
Time: 12:00pm
City: San Jose

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: California Branch
Date: November 24, 2018
Time: 11:00am
City: Anaheim

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: California Branch
Date: November 26, 2018
Time: 6:00pm
City: Clovis

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: California Branch
Date: December 8, 2018
Time: 12:00pm
City: San Jose

Local Adoption Resources

Local Adoption Resources
Bay Area—FAIR (Families Adopting InterRacially), www.fairfamilies.org

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 | CA

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.

Carolyn CainCarolyn Cain, MSW
Social Worker | Central CA
(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.

Michael Guinn, MAMichael Guinn
Social Worker | Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino & San Diego counties
(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.

Deborah IngramDeborah Ingram
Social Worker | Bay Area
831-659-2056

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."

Jennifer JerbiJennifer Jerbi
Social Worker | Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties
414-238-7028

Jennifer has 20 years of experience working with families and individuals providing mental health services and medical social work support. She received her master's degree in social work with a focus on family-centered practice from Dominican University and is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with Holt adoptive families. She has lived throughout the United States, most recently hailing from Wisconsin, and she is now happy to be back in her home state of California. Having traveled to China with friends adopting through Holt, Jennifer is eager to support families throughout the adoption process and especially looks forward to hearing families' stories about travel and meeting their children.

Sungeun ParkSungeun Park, MSW
Social Worker | Southern CA, Korean-Speaking Families
(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.

Stacy RohrsStacy Rohrs, LCSW
Social Worker | Bay Area
(415) 741-1373

Bringing over 10 years to the field of clinical social work, Stacy's professional experience ranges from medical facilities to homeless shelters to community mental health. She spent her undergraduate career collaborating with Native American communities living in northern Arizona. She has called the Bay Area home for 10 years, the last six of which included early intervention work in San Mateo, San Francisco and Alameda Counties. Her specialties include: early childhood development, infant mental health, and attachment-focused therapy with adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees ages birth to 5. Stacy is excited to work with families as they prepare to welcome a child into their hearts and homes through adoption. She especially loves hearing about their travel experiences and when they first meet their child.

Samantha SutherlandSamantha Sutherland
Social Worker | Greater Sacramento Area & Northern CA
832-577-2611

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.

Sharon WalshSharon Walsh, BS
Branch Assistant | CA
818-889-8045

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.

Holt International is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN: 23-7257390.