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: Cindy Schuman
Date: May 2, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Address: 6700 Merle Hay Road
City: Johnston

We have no upcoming information meetings scheduled at this time, but we would love to answer any questions you may have! Please contact us at centralstatesbranch@holtinternational.org.

We have no upcoming information meetings scheduled at this time, but we would love to answer any questions you may have! Please contact us at centralstatesbranch@holtinternational.org.

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."

Brenda Ritnour
Branch Assistant
(402) 934-5031 

Brenda has over 20 years of experience in a professional office environment in the nonprofit industry.   She is an adoptive parent of two, one adopted through Holt, and has a niece and nephew who are Holt adoptees. She loves sharing how multi-cultural adoption and Holt International have positively impacted her entire family. Brenda is passionate about Holt’s mission and looks forward to supporting families pursuing international adoption and helping children find their forever homes!

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

Catherine (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 DumlerJodi Dumler, LCSW
Nebraska and Kansas Social Worker
402-640-7879

Jodi 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, LCSWJessyca Vandercoy
Western Nebraska Social Worker
(402) 980-9907

Jessyca 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 GinkelNicole Van Ginkel
Iowa & South Dakota Social Worker
(712) 470-0303

Nicole 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, LCSW-PIPCeleste-Snodgrass
Director of Clinical Services
402-639-0520

Celeste has worked with children and families for over 20 years. She received her master's degree in social work from the University of Nebraska Omaha, completed Trust-Based Relational Intervention® (TBRI) training with Karyn Purvis and David Cross, and has worked with Holt International since 2004 — holding many different roles within the agency. She works from South Dakota as Holt's director of clinical services, providing support and resources for families and adoptees throughout the United States. Celeste considers it an honor and a privilege to work for Holt International and to do her part to help further Holt's mission — creating a world where every child has a loving and secure home.

Cindy SchumanCindy Schuman
Iowa Social Worker
515-570-9907

Cindy 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, LMSWDanielle M. Smith
Iowa Social Worker
309-489-6168

Danielle 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."