Serving Families Throughout Iowa, Nebraska & South Dakota

If you are adopting a child and you live in Iowa, Nebraska or South Dakota, 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 Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota 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 Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota branch social workers will be there for you as you embark on the journey to bring your child home.

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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

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  

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

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Catherine Howard
Date: December 18, 2018
Time: 6:30pm
Address: 12100 W Center Road, Suite 523A
City: Omaha

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

Meet Our Team

Pam OsbornePam Osborne, LIMHP, LCSW (NE); LISW (IA); LCSW-PIP (SD)
Branch Director | IA, NE & SD

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."

Jodi DumlerJodi Dumler, LCSW (NE); LISW (IA); LSCSW (KS)
Social Worker | Eastern IA, Western NE & KS

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!

Nicole Van GinkelNicole Van Ginkel, LISW (IA); LCSW-PIP (SD)
Social Worker | Northwestern IA & Southeastern SD
(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.

Catherine HowardCatherine Howard
Social Worker | NE & Eastern IA

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.

Brenda Ritnour
Branch Assistant | IA, NE & SD
(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!

Cindy SchumanCindy Schuman
Social Worker | Central IA

"Working for Holt is my dream job. I love helping find forever homes for children, and providing support to each family to be successful." Cindy has a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker. She has been involved with Holt for many years as a parent, aunt, volunteer and employee. She also has over 30 years of experience in private practice, providing therapy for children and families. Cindy had the honor of hosting Bertha Holt in her home in the 1990s, for an Iowa picnic. "It was wonderful becoming an employee of Holt and finding out from the inside that it was just as reputable as I thought it was from the outside." Holt is the gold star of adoption agencies.

Danielle M. Smith, MSW, LMSWDanielle M. Smith
Social Worker | Eastern IA

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."

Holt International is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. EIN: 23-7257390.