Serving Families Throughout Oregon and Washington

If you are adopting a child and you live in Oregon or Washington, 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 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.

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

Oregon / Washington Office

250 Country Club Road / PO Box 2880 – zip 97402
Eugene, OR 97401
Ph: 541-687-2202
Branch Director: Angie Wharfield-Ford
Branch Assistant: Leah Claypool

Oregon License #: 0076
Most recent effective date: 11/01/2016
Expiration date: 10/31/2018

Washington License #: None Listed
Most recent effective date: 08/25/2017
Expiration date: 08/24/2020

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.

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Amy Castle
Date: December 20, 2018
Time: 5:00pm
City: Eugene

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: January 9, 2019
Time: 5:00pm
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: February 4, 2019
Time: 5:00pm
City: Salem

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: March 2, 2019
Time: 10:30am
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: April 1, 2019
Time: 10:30am
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: May 7, 2019
Time: 10:30am
City: Salem

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: July 10, 2019
Time: 5:00pm
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: August 7, 2019
Time: 5:00pm
City: Salem

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: September 7, 2019
Time: 10:30am
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 10:30am
City: Portland

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: November 7, 2019
Time: 10:30am
City: Salem

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: May Nelson
Date: December 7, 2019
Time: 10:30am
City: Portland

We have no upcoming information meetings scheduled at this time, but we would love to answer any questions you may have! Please contact our adoption advisor, Caitlin Howe, at

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, MSW, LCSW
Branch Director | OR & WA

Angie Wharfield 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 over 20 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 | OR & WA
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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.

Holly BerryHolly Berry, MSW
Foster Care Adoption Worker | OR

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.

Amy CastleAmy Castle, LMSW
Social Worker | Eugene, Salem, Southern & Central Oregon
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Amy earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and psychology from the University of Oregon and a master's degree in social work from Portland State University. She also received a post-graduate certificate in therapy for foster and adoptive families. Amy began her career at Holt as an intern while in college and since then has worked in various positions and departments. Amy currently divides her time as a social worker for Holt between the China team and the Oregon branch. Amy feels honored to walk alongside families on their lifechanging adoption journeys!

Rachel Madding, M.A.
Social Worker | WA

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

May NelsonMay Chan Nelson, MSW
Social Worker | Portland, Salem, Northern OR Coast & Soutwest WA

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.

Tara NolanTara Nolan, MSW
Social Worker | Portland, Salem, Eastern OR & Southwest WA

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.

Zeondra-RichardsonZeondra Richardson, LICSW, MSW
Social Worker | WA

Zeondra is a Holt social worker in the Washington area. She is a licensed independent social worker (LICSW) and has her master's degree in social work from The University of Washington. Zeondra has spent her social work career in public and private child welfare, working towards ensuring permanency for all children. Her lifelong passion is assisting vulnerable children find their forever homes

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