Serving families throughout Arkansas, Kansas & Missouri

Regional Administrative Office
12100 W Center Road, Suite 523A
Omaha, NE 68144

Phone: (402) 934-5031
Fax: (402) 934-5034

Branch Director: Pam Osborne

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

As your local branch, we will guide you through two important portions of your adoption process with Holt — your homestudy and post-placement requirements.

If you are working with another placing agency, Holt can still complete your homestudy and post-placement reports if you live in Arkansas, Kansas and Missouri.

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: 816-878-7864
Email: Kyla Schweitzer at

RSVP To A Group Information Meeting


Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Alison Van Hecke
Date: July 12, 2016
Time: 6:30pm
Address: 405 S Main Street
City: Bentonville
State: Arkansas
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Joy Quante
Date: July 27, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Address: 9700 Musick Road
City: St. Louis
State: Missouri
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Joy Quante
Date: October 26, 2016
Time: 7:00pm
Address: 9700 Musick Road
City: St. Louis
State: Missouri

Local Adoption Resources

Local Adoption Resources
Kansas City Adoption Families International
Families Blessed with the World's Children & Inter-Country Adopt Kansas City
This adoption support group is a free, confidential, and anonymous group where parenting stresses are discussed in a nonjudgmental and confidential atmosphere, and parents receive emotional support from one another. For more information e-mail

Meet Our Team

Pam OsbornePam Osborne
Branch Director

Pam has 20 years experience working with children and families. Before becoming a Branch Director for Holt in 2015, she worked as a Holt social worker for over four years, and in 2005, she helped recruit Holt families in Florida. Pam has her Master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She has three children, the oldest adopted from Thailand, and the youngest adopted from China. Through her personal and professional experience, Pam is aware of the joys and struggles of international adoption. "I've always had a heart for adoption," she says. "I am very excited to be back working with Holt again."

Alison Van Hecke
Arkansas, Kansas & Missouri Social Worker

Alison Van HeckeAlison graduated from the University of Kansas in 1994 with her Bachelor's degree in social work. She received her master's degree in 1997. Before moving with her family to Arkansas in 2013, Alison was a school social worker for 17 years. Alison has worked in the field of adoption for over 15 years and loves every minute of this work. She enjoys working for Holt International and feels privileged to have been a part of Holt since 2010.

As the sibling of an adoptee and mother of 3 children, 2 of whom were adopted, adoption has always been a part of Alison's life. Alison has a passion for helping children who need families, and she loves Holt's vision: A world where every child has a loving and secure home. Alison is thrilled to be working with families in the state of Arkansas as the adoption supervisor. She looks forward to getting to know you and to have the opportunity to work with you on your adoption journey.

Kyla Schweitzer
Kansas & Missouri Social Worker

Kyla SchweitzerKyla graduated with her master of social work degree from the University of Kansas in 1997. She began her social work career as a child therapist in Phoenix, AZ. She moved to the Kansas City area in 2000, where she worked as a hospice social worker and provided group, individual, and family counseling before joining Holt in 2014. Kyla is thrilled to be an adoption social worker for the Holt. The work is near and dear to her heart, as she is the adoptive mom of two boys from Korea. In addition to the adoption services she provides, Kyla enjoys organizing cultural events, play groups and moms' nights out for her local adoption community. She feels honored to help more children find their forever families.

Barbara Cano
Missouri Social Worker

Barb CanoBarbara joined the Holt family as a part-time adoption social worker in 2006. She retired from Catholic Charities in Kansas City where she held the position of Adoption Coordinator for 21 years. She is a graduate of Missouri State University and is a licensed clinical social worker. She is married with two adult children and three beautiful grandchildren. Barbara enjoys working with adoptive parents and finding forever families for children.

Joy Quante
Missouri & Illinois Social Worker

Joy QuanteJoy resides in Saint Louis, Missouri and is a licensed professional counselor with a Masters of Education in Counseling degree. She has been working with children and families for 15 years. Her experience includes individual counseling (child and adult), group and family therapy, crisis intervention, and pregnancy and adoption counseling. Joy has had the privilege of working with many adoptive families over the years to achieve their dreams through the wonderful gift of adoption. She looks forward to the blessed opportunity of working with you!

Mindy Greene
Branch Social Worker for West, Central, and Northeast Kansas

Mindy GreeneMindy started her social work career in 1999 and received her master's degree from Kansas University. She loves living in Kansas, where she was born and raised, and continues to live in the "Sunflower State" with her husband and three children. Through the years, she has worked with families and children in the settings of foster care, adoption, hospital and hospice care and the education system. Meeting people and hearing their stories is one of Mindy's greatest joys within her social work career. She is an adoptive mother and is honored to be a part of Holt International and walk with others along their adoption journey.

Sue Johnson

Branch Assistant

sue johnsonSue has worked in the hospitality industry for many years, first as a national sales manager for an international hotel company and then as a corporate meeting planner. In 2008, she went back to school to get certified as a paralegal and worked for Legal Aid of Nebraska before working for a private practice attorney for four years. Realizing she was drawn to working in a non-profit setting, she took a leap and quit her job as a paralegal and started searching job openings with non-profits — eventually bringing her many talents to Holt International. She has been happily married for 29 years and has three children, Becky, Scott and Seth.

Alaina Nielson

Branch Assistant

Alaina NielsonAlaina worked for West Corporation for 15 years in many different project management, coordination and director positions. West Corporation is an international company and provided Alaina the opportunity to live in the Philippines for two years. She has also traveled for leisure and on mission trips to over 18 countries. She and her husband have two biological boys and one adopted child from the Philippines through Holt. Adoption and caring for orphans have been her family's passions, so she was happy and excited to accept this position at Holt.