China Adoption

We pioneered international adoption 60 years ago and we remain the leaders today, uniting families with children who truly need them. We stand by adoptees and their families for their entire lives — providing world-class care to children waiting to come home, as well as resources, education tools and support to families and adult adoptees. You can rest assured that we are doing adoption the right way.

Why Choose Holt?

Since 1992, Holt International has placed more than 7,000 children from China with adoptive families in the U.S. And every year, we continue to unite nearly 200 children from China with the loving families they deserve! While China's adoption program has evolved to meet the changing needs of the children it serves, it has remained stable, predictable and forward moving. Most importantly, many children are waiting for a loving adoptive family right now.


Experienced Leaders

Holt's leadership helped establish a stable, ethical adoption system in China. Our multiple orphanage partnerships, experienced teams in the U.S. and China, and sincere commitment to each child and family we serve ensures Holt's place as the adoption leader for years to come.

Adopting from China 


Our Commitment

In more than 20 years working in China, we have helped more than 50,000 children through our multitude of programs designed to improve the lives of children — both those growing up in orphanage care, and those living with but at risk of separating from their families.

Our Commitment 


Post Adoption Services

Holt's post-adoption services are second to none. From camps, family support groups, counseling and adoption-specific nutrition advice to birth family searches, citizenship questions and homeland tours, we stand by you for life — because we know that your adoption doesn't end when you arrive home.

China Post Adoption Services 



Explore the average length of the adoption process, fees and expenses, parent eligibility and the needs of children in China waiting for a family.


Start Your Adoption Journey

Whether you are still gathering information or you feel ready to apply to adopt, we have many free ways for you to explore our programs or get started.

Meet the China Team

Yue Jian Chen

Yue Jian Chen, Vice President, China Program

Jian loves to cook, eat and garden. She especially loves to eat the food she cooks from her garden! Jian travels between China and the U.S. often and spends a lot of time navigating between cultures.

Jian oversees and directs all operations for the China program, supervising Holt staff in both the U.S. and China. She establishes and maintains communication flow between overseas programs and the Holt office in Eugene. Jian also builds collaborative relationships with child welfare and legal authorities overseas to ensure smooth operations between embassy and consulate staff in China and the U.S. In the U.S., she advocates for Holt families who are traveling overseas. She is the recipient of the 2005 Angels in Adoption award.

Beth Smith

Beth Smith, LBSW, MSED, Director of Adoption Services, China Program


Beth received her bachelor's degree in social work from Cornell University and her master's degree in community health education from State University of New York at Cortland. After many years working in social work and healthcare management positions, Beth was hired for her current position at Holt in 1998.

Beth oversees the adoption process for China from application through placement, working with families, social workers and co-workers to ensure the process is responsive, efficient and successful. Beth reviews eligibility concerns for families entering the process and works closely with social workers and families during the matching process by overseeing direct referrals for families considering a child with special needs. She is also part of the committee selection process for older children with special needs.

Samantha Watson

Samantha Watson, LMSW, Social Work Manager, China Program


Sam graduated with a master’s degree in social work in 2012 and has worked as a homestudy social worker and in healthcare for terminal illness. Sam likes to ski and golf and is an avid football fan.

Sam coordinates homestudy approval and provides eligibility, USCIS and case consultation to direct social workers and families throughout the process. Sam works with families adopting older children to support the successful preparation and transition of child and family. Sam assists the director of services in the supervision of all child and family case-related processes and participates in the matching committee for older and photo-listed children.

Kris Bales

Kris Bales, LPC, LMFT, Adoption Counselor & Intake Manager, China Program


Kris holds a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University. She has been a licensed family counselor for nearly 30 years and started at Holt in 2003. She lives in Oregon with her husband and their two teenage daughters who were adopted from China.

Kris shares information about the China program, answers questions and helps families get started with the adoption process. She also answers inquiries about children on Holt’s photolisting. Kris helps prepare families adopting older children by providing resources and connecting them with mentor families. She is also available to families who need additional support.

Noelle Unterberger

Noelle Unterberger, Family Process Coordinator, China Program


Noelle graduated from the University of Oregon in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in English. As a reader, writer and editor, she enjoys learning about different people, cultures and places. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, reading, cooking and being outdoors.

Noelle works with families from the time they are matched until pre-travel. She answers questions about the home study, dossier and USCIS processing, and also provides the Document Processing Service (DPS) for families who are matched early in the process.

Sasha Sobremonte

Sasha Sobremonte, Early Process & Dossier Assistant, China Program


Sasha graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She enjoys reading, traveling and watching football. Sasha joined the China team in 2016.

Sasha welcomes families to the China program and answers questions about the homestudy, dossier and USCIS processing. She also provides the Document Processing Service (DPS). She is responsible for processing homestudies as well as reviewing dossiers for accuracy and shipping them to China each Friday.

Jessica Zeeb

Jessica Zeeb, Child Match Coordinator, China Program


Jessica graduated with a bachelor's degree in sociology in 2000. She began working at Holt in the Waiting Child Program in 2002 and moved to the China program in 2004. After taking a break for several years to spend time with her two small children, Jessica rejoined the China team in 2014.

Jessica assists families during the matching process by participating on the matching team, obtaining and distributing updates, coordinating pre- and post-match paperwork and answering questions for families during this phase of the process. She keeps track of new child referrals and advocates for children who are waiting for families by maintaining the Holt China photolisting. She also keeps families informed through monthly email updates and spotlight emails.

Amy Castle

Amy Castle, Family Case Coordinator, China Program


Amy graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology. She started at Holt as an intern while in college and has held several different positions since then, working in each phase of the China adoption process. She is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree from Portland State University.

Amy works with families once they are matched and have sent their dossier to China. She processes assignments and sends out letters of acceptance. Amy also coordinates child preparation, which includes answering questions about albums, letters and other acceptable transition items, and once received from families, she prepares those items for the weekly shipment to China.

Steve Hejna

Steve Hejna, Travel Coordinator, China Program


Steve has worked with the China program since 1995, first as a dossier specialist and now as an assistant to Jian, and most of the time as travel coordinator. He has been to China several times and values those experiences because of what he has learned from Holt families and staff. Before working at Holt, he had a variety of international work and travel experiences and received a master’s degree in international studies at the University of Oregon.

Steve processes pre-travel paperwork, maintains a database with pre-travel information and counsels families about adoption travel through written material, phone conferences and individual communication. Steve coordinates travel and family support with Holt overseas staff and U.S. travel agencies.

Stephanie Raymond

Stephanie Raymond, Regional Coordinator, China Program


Stephanie received a master’s degree in sociology from the University of Oregon in 2012. As a graduate student, she focused her studies and research on adoption. She is the sister of a Chinese adoptee and accompanied her parents on their trip to China to adopt her youngest sister in 2007. Stephanie began working at Holt in 2014.

Stephanie is responsible for creating, developing and managing documents, database files and informational resources for Holt's family tour to China. She arranges all tour logistics with staff and government bureaus in China. Stephanie also assists the Holt vice president of the China program with donor communications and information. She maintains statistics on child welfare programs in China and assists with creating and managing details of quarterly, annual and other administrative reports.

Meet the Team in China

Holt China staff

Stories About Adoptive Families and Holt's Work in China