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

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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: Caitlin Howe at

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.

Oregon  Washington  


If you are interested in adopting from Oregon's foster care system and would like to learn more, consider attending one of Holt's foster care adoption information meetings led by an experienced Holt foster care adoption social worker. You'll learn about the entire adoption process, including the requirements needed for your homestudy, matching expectations, the profiles of children waiting for a family and Holt's advocacy efforts to find the right family for every child. To attend, please see the upcoming dates below and register at the email address listed.

Foster Care Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Holly Berry
Date: October 24, 2017
Time: TBD
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Marissa Robello
Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 5:00pm
City: Eugene

Foster Care Adoption Info Meeting

Hosted By: Holly Berry
Date: November 6, 2017
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
City: Eugene

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Kathie Stocker
Date: November 18, 2017
Time: 7:00pm
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Marissa Robello
Date: November 30, 2017
Time: 5:00pm
City: Eugene

Foster Care Adoption Info Meeting

Hosted By: Holly Berry
Date: December 4, 2017
Time: 7:00pm-8:00pm
City: Eugene

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Rachel Madding
Date: October 21, 2017
Time: 1:30pm
City: Seattle

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Jordan Glaude
Date: December 9, 2017
Time: 11:00am
City: Seattle

Local Adoption Resources

Local Adoption Resources

Adoption Connections of Oregon
PO Box 10581
Eugene, OR 97440

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,

Families of Russian and Ukrainian Adoptions Including Neighboring Countries
Meets monthly on the 1st Friday of each month in the Portland area. Visit 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 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

Northwest Korean Cultural Society

Oregon Post Adoption Resource Center (Portand),

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

Southern Oregon Korean Association (Medford),
Contact Isuk R. Waidler at

Holt Campout
contact Judy Brooke

Adoption Mosaic Movie Group

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 or visit 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.

Jordan Glaude, MSW
Adoption Social Worker

Jordan GlaudeAfter receiving her master's degree in social work from Colorado State University, Jordan started her career as a school social worker in Denver Public Schools. She then relocated to Los Angeles, California, where she was thrilled to transition into the field of adoption and foster care — working with two local nonprofits in Los Angeles County. To be closer to her family, Jordan moved to Washington, where she is excited to continue her passion of uniting children with permanent families as an adoption social worker for Holt. She is also an aunt of five and enjoys spending time with all her nieces and nephews now that she's so close to them!

Kathie G. Stocker, BA
Adoption Social Worker

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 Social Worker

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

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.

May NelsonMay Chan Nelson, MSW
Social Worker

May Chan Nelson received her bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in social work from the University of Georgia, with a specialization in early intervention and working with children who experience developmental delays. For over 20 years, she has also enjoyed working with adults who have developmental disabilities, students in special education, and teens and families in foster care through Inclusion Inc., Portland Public Schools and the Department of Human Services-Child Welfare. Through both her work and the adoption of her daughter from China in 2010, May has gained a unique perspective and passion for adoption and she is excited to be a part of the Holt team and serve Holt's children, families and community in the greater Portland/Washington area. When not working, she enjoys traveling and outdoor activities with her husband, son, daughter and dog, Cooper.

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.

Holly BerryHolly Berry, MSW
Foster Care Adoption Worker

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.