Serving families throughout Oregon and Washington

250 Country Club Road
Eugene, Oregon 97401
Phone: (541) 687-2202
Fax: (541) 683-6175

Branch Director: Angie Wharfield Ford

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

Holt International’s Washington and Oregon 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 Washington and Oregon branch 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 Washington or Oregon.

Schedule A One-On-One Consultation

We work with families in all 50 U.S. states. Call or email our headquarters office to speak with an adoption counselor or social worker.

Call: 541-687-2202
Email: Emily Lund at emilyl@holtinternational.org

RSVP To A Group Information Meeting

Oregon/Washington

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Angie Wharfield-Ford
Date: August 30, 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
City: Eugene
Email: angiew@holtinternational.org
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: kathies@holtinternational.org
Date: September 13, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
City: Portland
Email: kathies@holtinternational.org
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Angie Wharfield-Ford
Date: September 27, 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
City: Eugene
Email: angiew@holtinternational.org
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: kathies@holtinternational.org
Date: October 11, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
City: Salem
Email: kathies@holtinternational.org
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Angie Wharfield-Ford
Date: October 25, 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
City: Eugene
Email: angiew@holtinternational.org
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: kathies@holtinternational.org
Date: November 15, 2016
Time: 7:00pm to 8:00pm
City: Portland
Email: kathies@holtinternational.org
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Angie Wharfield-Ford
Date: November 17, 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
City: Eugene
Email: angiew@holtinternational.org
Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Angie Wharfield-Ford
Date: December 20, 2016
Time: 6:30pm to 8:00pm
City: Eugene
Email: angiew@holtinternational.org

Local Adoption Resources

Local Adoption Resources

Adoption Connections of Oregon
PO Box 10581
Eugene, OR 97440
Email: aco@peak.org

Central Oregon International AdopteesSupport Group
Bend, OR 
Casandra Toews  : 541-383-4926

Coos Bay/North Bend Support Group Support Group, Get Togethers
Sheryl Picket : 541-269-1074

Coos County Adoptive Parents (CCAP)SCF Support Group
PO Box 467
North Bend, OR 97459

Corvallis - Albany Support Group Support Group
Debra Ropp : 541-926-3088
Laurie Miller : 541-924-4693

Eugene Support Group
Contact Tammi Johnson at 541/688-1704
Chris McDonald at 541/431-6788

Families with Children from China
Contact Jane Williams at 541/344-0062

Hi-5 Families Support Group
Eugene/Springfield Support Group

Carol De La Cruz : 541-744-0198
Michele Weber : 541-747-9967

Portland Area Holt Families Playgroup
contact Jennifer Young

Northwest Adoptive Families Association (NAFA)
Support groups for waiting families and families who are Just Home as well as social and educational events

Oregon Adoptive Parents Network (OAPN), Parent-led, Anna @ 503-317-9126, happymomanna@comcast.net

Families of Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions Including Neighboring Countries
Meets monthly on the 1st Friday of each month in the Portland area. Visit www.frua-oregon.org for more information.

NW Korean Cultural Society
Offers classes, teen groups, holiday celebrations, and a newsletter for adoptive families and others interested in Korean culture. Contact 503-699-3342 or www.nkcs.org for more information.


Mid-Valley Support GroupSupport Group
7290 NE Pettibone
Corvallis, OR 97330
Judy Kloper-Owens: 541-745-5779

Northwest Adoptive Families Association, Inc (NAFA)
Family Support, education, advocacy, classes.

PO Box 12086
Portland, OR 97212
Phone: 503-243-1356
E-mail: information@nafaonline.org

Northwest Korean Cultural Society
503/699-3342

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (Portand),
503/241-0799

Rogue Valley Adoptive and Foster Mom Group
3rd Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
Westminster Presbyterian Church
2000 Oakwood Drive, Medford, OR
Contact: Julie Ward

NAFA Salem Family Adoption Group
Contact Christie VanWinkle at justaminion@gmail.com

Southern Oregon Korean Association (Medford),
Contact Isuk R. Waidler at insukra@hotmail.com

Holt Campout
contact Judy Brooke

Adoption Mosaic Movie Group
contact astrid@adoptionmosaic.org

African-American Families through Adoption
Meets in the greater Portland area for potlucks and fun. Can help you connect with mentors for African-American children. Contact Pam or Rob Vergun at 503-645-6642 for more information.

Families with Children from Viet Nam
Meets several times a year in Portland. Contact Herb Grey at hgrey.law1@verizon.net or visit www.fcvn.org for more information.

Ethiopia Adoptive Families of Oregon
Contact Laura Radosta
Offers trainings, picnics, waiting mom group, post arrival support and cultural activities for families who have adopted from Ethiopia.

Meet Our Team

Angie Wharfield FordAngie Wharfield Ford, MSW, LCSW
Branch Director

Angie Wharfield Ford feels blessed to be a part of Holt's mission and legacy of serving adoptive families and children as the Oregon and Washington Branch Director. As a college student, Angie learned about Holt while volunteering one summer at an orphanage in Ecuador. After earning her bachelor's degree, she went on to earn a master's degree in social work and in 2004, she began working directly with Holt adoptive families as an Oregon branch social worker. She later became director of the Korea program at Holt's headquarters in Eugene. Angie has worked with children and families for 16 years. She loves being a social worker and gets excited at the opportunity to work directly with adoptive families and children — preparing and supporting them in their life-long journey of adoption.

Leah Claypool
Branch Assistant
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As the Oregon branch assistant at Holt's headquarters in Eugene, Leah Claypool helps adoptive families with the paperwork process from the time they apply through post-placement. Since earning her master's degree in TESOL from Portland State University in 2000, Leah has been working with immigrants, refugees and international students in Oregon and Southwest Washington as an English language instructor. She is excited to be a part of Holt's team and is looking forward to helping families through their adoption process.

Kathie G. Stocker, BA
Adoption Worker
503-709-5679

Kathie_StockerKathie has worked for Holt since 1993. She has a Bachelor's degree in sociology from Willamette University. Kathie is a state representative for North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC), and former president for the Coalition of Oregon Adoption Agencies (COAA) and Northwest Adoptive Families Association (NAFA) and former board member of Adoptive Families of America. Kathie teaches pre-adoptive training classes for Holt and conducts information meetings for families interested in Holt. "I loving working for Holt because I believe in the agency's mission that children belong in families," says Kathie. "I love helping to build families." Kathie serves families in the greater Portland/Salem area, Southwest Washington and Northern Oregon Coast, and has two children – one by birth and one adopted through Holt from Korea.

Rachel Madding
Adoption Worker
206-678-2564

Rachel MaddingAs Holt's Washington adoption worker, Rachel helps to expand Holt's services in the state of Washington. She completed her master's degree in community counseling in 2008, then went to work for the Wisconsin Adoption Exchange. As a member of that agency, Rachel enjoyed facilitating trainings for pre- and post-adoptive families as well as adoptees. Additionally, she was part of a team that worked to create an evidence-based post-placement curriculum that also addressed the potential changes and stressors on the adopting couple's relationship. She has since brought this training to agencies in Washington. Rachel is very excited to be a part of the Holt team and to bring services to the state of Washington

Tara NolanTara Nolan, MSW
Social Worker
646-643-3335

Tara has been a part of Holt since 2013. Originally from Ireland, she moved to the US in 1998. She spent a decade in New York City where she received a Master's in Social Work from Columbia University. Tara has extensive experience working with couples, families, and children, and is dedicated to helping families be healthy and happy. "I love being part of the Holt team," says Tara. "It's amazing to be in a position to help children find families." Tara serves families in the greater Portland area, where she lives with her husband and two children.

Marissa Robello/LeuallenMarissa Robello, LMSW
Social Worker

Marissa began her career at Holt in 2004 and has worked with many of Holt's international adoption programs, including several years as the social work manager for Holt's China program. She earned her master's degree in social work in 2010 and completed a year-long postgraduate program in Therapy with Adoptive and Foster Families. She is also a Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) educator and part of Holt's clinical team providing adoption-competent counseling, support and training. Marissa is grateful to be working directly with adoptive parents and children. "There is nothing quite like parenting to challenge and amaze," she explains. "I love my job because I get to help families fill their adoption 'toolboxes' with knowledge and support. Seeing them grow together is a joy to behold." Marissa serves the greater Eugene area and Southern Oregon.

Don-SheetsDon Sheets
Foster Care Adoption Worker
503-539-9655

Don has worked with children and their families for many years. After retiring from the United States Air Force as a master sergeant in 1989, Don came to Oregon to attend Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary (now Multnomah University) where he completed both his bachelor's degree in biblical education and his master's degree in pastoral studies. Don has worked with foster parents for many years as a trainer and certifier. Don and his wife, Susan, have been married for 40-plus years and they have served as foster parents for over 20 years — providing care for children and youth with high behavior needs as well as developmental/intellectual disabilities. They have six children — three biological children, two adopted through DHS Child Welfare, and a former foster child (now an adult) who they consider to be a member of their family. They also have eight grandchildren. As one of Holt's foster care adoption workers in Oregon, Don is pleased that he can continue to support families who have chosen to open up their homes and lives to children and youth who need the love and stability of a permanent family.

Holly BerryHolly Berry, MSW
Foster Care Adoption Worker
805-290-0130

Holly received her undergraduate degree in social work from Azusa Pacific University and her master's degree in social work from Long Beach State University with an emphasis in children, youth and families. Holly started her career in child welfare with the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services' Emergency Response Unit and remained there for 5 years. Since then, she has relocated to the Pacific Northwest and worked with the Oregon Department of Human Services Child Protective Services and is now working with Holt International as a foster care adoption worker. Holly is a wife and mother to two children and she enjoys exploring the outdoors and spending time with her family. She is passionate about creating safe, loving and permanent homes for all children.