Serving families throughout Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota

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 Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota. 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 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 Iowa, Nebraska or South Dakota.

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: 402-934-5031
Email: midwestbranchoffice@holtinternational.org

RSVP To A Group Information Meeting

Want to learn more about international adoption? Attend a free adoption information meeting to learn about the adoption process from an experienced Holt social worker. We will cover eligibility requirements, the homestudy, 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 and answer whatever questions you may have. To register, please see the upcoming dates below.

Iowa  Nebraska  South Dakota  

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Laura Sykora
Date: November 8, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Address: 6700 Merle Hay Road
City: Johnston

Adoption Information Meeting - via Zoom

Hosted By: Jodi Dumler
Date: October 30, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Address: online
City: online

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Catherine Howard
Date: November 6, 2017
Time: 6:30pm
Address: 12100 W Center Road, Suite 523A
City: Omaha

Adoption Information Meeting - via Zoom

Hosted By: Jodi Dumler
Date: November 27, 2017
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Address: online
City: online

Adoption Information Meeting - via Zoom

Hosted By: Alison VanHecke
Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 1:00pm
Address: Zoom
City: Online - Zoom

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."

Catherine Howard
Nebraska and Iowa Social Worker
402-850-0151

Catherine HowardCatherine (Cat) received her bachelor's degree in arts and science from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln and her master's in social work from the University of Nebraska in Omaha. She has over 20 years of experience working with children and families including seven years of assessing families and writing homestudies. Her experience includes training, individual and family therapy, attachment and trauma, working with high-risk youth, and domestic and special needs adoption. Cat is a wife and a mother of three and feels she has always had a calling to work with children and families. "I am so excited to be working for Holt and assisting families in bringing their children home!" she says.

Jodi Dumler, LCSW
Nebraska and Kansas Social Worker
402-640-7879

Jodi DumlerJodi is originally from Nebraska and currently resides in Hoxie, Kansas. She is a licensed clinical social worker with a master's degree from the University of Washington. Prior to joining Holt, Jodi worked with children and families in a number of capacities. She has experience counseling individuals and families of all ages, assessing and finding homes for children, and helping families find the resources they need throughout the adoption process. As the sister of a Holt adoptee, Jodi is very excited to be working with Holt International and helping others experience the joy of adding to their families through adoption!

Jessyca Vandercoy, LCSW
Western Nebraska Social Worker
(402) 980-9907

Jessyca VandercoyJessyca has over 17 years of experience working in child welfare, primarily in the areas of adoption and foster care. She has a bachelor's degree in both urban and African studies from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska. As a former foster child, an adoptee, a foster and adoptive parent, and a professional social worker, Jessyca uniquely brings both a personal and professional perspective to her work in the foster and adoption fields. Her fields of specialty are pre- and post-adoption program development and establishing trauma-informed continuums of care for youth who have experienced maltreatment. She has worked as the chief program officer at Children's Square, USA, the director of permanency and wellbeing at Lutheran Family Services of Nebraska, the executive director of Right Turn LLC and as an adjunct professor of social welfare policy for Nebraska Wesleyan University. Jessyca has also served as a board member for the Nebraska chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. Passionate about educating both professionals and parents on adoption-related issues, Jessyca is excited to serve children and families as a Holt social worker in western Nebraska.


Nicole Van Ginkel

Iowa & South Dakota Social Worker
(712) 470-0303

Nicole Van GinkelNicole has worked with Holt for three years and in the child welfare field for ten years. She has a clinical background working with children and families and works as an outpatient mental health therapist in her other employment. She received her Master's Degree in social work from the University of Iowa. "I love working at Holt because I love helping find forever families for children." She works with families in northwest Iowa, where she lives with her husband and three children.


Celeste Snodgrass

South Dakota Social Worker
402-639-0520

Celeste-SnodgrassCeleste received her master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska Omaha and has worked with children and families for over 20 years. She's worked with Holt International since 2004 and has held many different roles within the agency. She currently serves families throughout the state of South Dakota in addition to working closely with Holt's clinical team on special projects. Celeste considers it an honor and a privilege to work for Holt International and do her part to help further Holt's mission of creating a world where every child has a loving and secure home.


Cindy Schuman

Iowa Social Worker
515-570-9907

Cindy SchumanCindy has worked as a mental health professional for over 30 years. Her focus has been on working with children and families, as well as a bereavement coordinator for Hospice. Although she is the newest member of Holt's Midwest Branch, she has been involved with Holt for many years as an adoptive parent and aunt. She has also been an airport greeter helping carry escorted children to their new parents. In the past, Cindy had the honor of hosting Bertha Holt in her home during an Iowa picnic and hearing her stories in person. Cindy has a master's degree in social work from the University of Iowa and is a licensed independent social worker. " Working for Holt is my dream job and I look forward to being a part of helping children have a forever family", she says.


Danielle M. Smith, MSW, LMSW

Iowa Social Worker
309-489-6168

Danielle M. SmithDanielle joined Holt International in 2016 after working in the adoption field for more than 26 years. Her experience includes international, domestic and special needs adoption. Danielle has a bachelor's degree in social work from Illinois State University and a master's degree in social work from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana. A married mother of two sons, Danielle also has personal experience in international adoption as she has a sister who joined her family through adoption from India and a niece who joined their family through adoption from China. Danielle loves working with children and families, especially in adoption. "Working with children and families in the adoption field has always been a passion of mine," she says. "I am excited to work with Holt International and assist families in 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.