Serving Families in California

If you are adopting a child and you live in California, we can complete your homestudy and post-placement requirements — regardless of whether or not Holt is your placing agency! Please fill out the form below to receive more information or to get started.

Holt International's California 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 California branch social workers will be there for you as you embark on the journey to bring your child home.

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California Office

28310 Roadside Dr. Suite 200
Agoura Hills, CA 91301
Ph: 818-889-8045 / Fax: 818-889-8046
Toll Free: 888-744-4658

Branch Director: Ann Cleary
Branch Assistant: Lisa Wise

License #: 197806335
Most recent effective date: 8/30/2013
Expiration date: None Listed

RSVP To A Group Information Meeting

Learn more about international adoption directly from one of our experienced social workers. We will guide you through the process by covering eligibility requirements, the home study, 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 – to attend, please see the upcoming dates below.

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: California Branch
Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm
City: San Jose

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: California Branch
Date: December 14, 2019
Time: 11:00am - 12:30pm
City: Anaheim

Local Adoption Resources

Local Adoption Resources
Bay Area—FAIR (Families Adopting InterRacially), www.fairfamilies.org

North Bay Area—FCA (Families with Children from Asia)—contact Patti Sullivan at 707/538-1257

 

Sonoma CountyLiz Jimenez

Meet Our Team

Ann ClearyAnn Cleary
Branch Director | CA

With 25 years of experience working with Holt International, Ann Cleary serves as Director of Holt's California Branch Office. She received both a Bachelor's and Master's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles and has a background in children's mental health. Ann is passionate about Holt's mission and dedicated to giving adoptive parents quality preparation and support.

On behalf of the California staff, we look forward to joining you in helping you build your family.

Lisa WiseLisa Wise
California Branch Assistant
(818) 889-8045

Lisa has extensive experience working in the nonprofit realm. She realizes that each step in the process of finding forever families for children makes a difference. Lisa's goal is to provide excellent support to adoptive parents during the initial administrative stage of their adoption journey and then upon their return home.

Carolyn CainCarolyn Cain, MSW
Social Worker | Central CA
(559) 392-2329

For several years Carolyn studied at a Bible college before completing her Bachelor's degree in human services and receiving a Master's degree in social work from California State University Long Beach. Carolyn and her husband live in Clovis, California and have four girls, two of whom were adopted from China through Holt. Before deciding to become a stay-at-home mom, Carolyn worked for several years at Holt International. In addition to her experience in international adoption, Carolyn has also worked with a private foster care agency. In August 2009, Carolyn happily resumed her work with Holt International, helping families through the adoption process as a social worker.

Michael Guinn, MAMichael Guinn
Social Worker | Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino & San Diego counties
(951) 529-8867

With his background in intercountry adoption, foster care social work, and elementary education, Mike has helped Holt "find families for children" in Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties since 1999.

Deborah IngramDeborah Ingram
Social Worker | Bay Area
831-659-2056

Deborah Ingram completed her bachelor's degree in social psychology from the University of California–Santa Cruz, and her master's degree in clinical psychology from Chapman University. Deborah has over 25 years of experience in social services, working within diverse populations in multiple settings including the field of mental health. She is passionate about working with families in her community and has extensive experience working with adoption and children in foster care. Deborah says, "Coming to work with Holt International allows me to participate in the joy of adoption. Holt's commitment to excellence is palpable. I am honored to be a part of our team, and to be a part of Holt families' lives as they embark on the amazing journey of adoption."

Jennifer JerbiJennifer Jerbi
Social Worker | Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties
414-238-7028

Jennifer has 20 years of experience working with families and individuals providing mental health services and medical social work support. She received her master's degree in social work with a focus on family-centered practice from Dominican University and is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with Holt adoptive families. She has lived throughout the United States, most recently hailing from Wisconsin, and she is now happy to be back in her home state of California. Having traveled to China with friends adopting through Holt, Jennifer is eager to support families throughout the adoption process and especially looks forward to hearing families' stories about travel and meeting their children.

Sungeun ParkSungeun Park, MSW
Social Worker | Southern CA, Korean-Speaking Families
(949) 371-3787

Sungeun's broad experience in family therapy and parental counseling in both the United States and Korea make her a wonderful asset to Holt's team. With a Master's degree in social work, Sungeun has served adoptive families in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernadino and San Diego since 2004, specializing in Korean adoption. Fluent in Korean and English, Sungeun is uniquely qualified to assist adoptive families in the United States and Korea.

Samantha SutherlandSamantha Sutherland
Social Worker | Greater Sacramento Area & Northern CA
832-577-2611

Sam has over 10 years of experience working with children and families. She began her career as a middle school teacher and then earned her master's degree in social work from The University of Texas at Austin before moving to California. Sam has worked with Child Protective Services, private foster agencies and in community counseling. Sam loves helping families and children find stability and happiness.

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