Serving Families Throughout Alaska, Oregon and Washington

If you are adopting a child and you live in Alaska, 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 Alaska, Oregon and Washington 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 you may just need to talk to someone who understands. Holt's Alaska, 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!

Alaska, Oregon and Washington Office

315 S. Second St.
Renton, WA 98057
Ph: 206-575-4550
Branch Director: Namyi Min
Branch Assistant: Jo Ann Cleghorn

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.

Alaska  Oregon  Washington  

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 Service Specialist at


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: September 2, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
City: Eugene

Adoption Information Meeting

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

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Amy Castle
Date: October 7, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
City: Eugene

Adoption Information Meeting

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

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Amy Castle
Date: November 4, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
City: Eugene

Adoption Information Meeting

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

Adoption Information Meeting

Hosted By: Amy Castle
Date: December 2, 2019
Time: 6:00pm
City: Eugene

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 Service Specialist 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

Namyi MinNamyi Min, LMSW
Branch Director | AK/OR/WA

Namyi Min is excited to be a part of Holt's mission and legacy as the Alaska, Oregon and Washington branch director. She earned her bachelor's degree from Syracuse University and her master's degrees in social work from Fordham University in New York. She has years of experience providing direct services to adopted children and their families. Before coming to Holt, she oversaw the Korea adoption program at an adoption agency in New York, and is well trained in family dynamics, child development and cross-cultural sensitivity. As a social worker, Namyi is passionate about bringing families together through adoption and helping them thrive throughout their lives.

Jo Ann CleghornJo Ann Cleghorn
Branch Assistant | AK/OR/WA

As the branch assistant for Alaska, Oregon and Washington, Jo Ann helps adoptive families with the paperwork process throughout the whole process. She is excited to be a part of the Holt team, and she is looking forward to helping families through their adoption process.

Amy CastleAmy Castle, LMSW
Social Worker | Eugene, Salem, Southern & Central Oregon
541-687-2202 x144

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!

Elain CordovaElaine Cordova, MS
Adoption Social Worker | AK

Over the past 30 years, Elaine has supported adoptive families throughout the state of Alaska, both within in her hometown of Anchorage and in outlying areas of Alaska and Native American villages. To reach families, she sometimes travels by plane, boat, snow machine — even a four-wheeler! She also worked as a trainer, adoption support specialist and home study writer – aiding families with domestic infant, foster care, and international adoptions. Elaine obtained her bachelor's degree in sociology from California State University Chico, and master's degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University.

Sonya Hull, MSW
Adoption Social Worker | AK

Alyssa Layne, MSW, LCSW
Social Worker | WA

Rachel MaddingAlyssa earned her undergraduate degree in history from Davidson College and her master's degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has worked in the adoption field since 2005, and relocated from North Carolina to Washington in 2015. Alyssa feels honored and excited to play a small part in the process of building families through adoption. She loves supporting parents and children through the joys and challenges of forming attachments to one another, and seeing children thrive in loving families is her greatest joy.

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.

Gary SampsonGary Sampson, LICSW
Adoption Social Worker | WA

Gary has a master's degree in social work, a school counselor certification and an elementary teaching credential. He is also a licensed clinical social worker and an approved social work supervisor. Before joining Holt, Gary worked as a director of social services and adoption social worker for WACAP. He was also a medical social worker for children with disabilities, an elementary school counselor and primary school teacher. Gary hopes that his skills in adoption services, education, social work and school counseling are helpful to adoptive parents and children, and he is often amazed at the resilience of children and the commitment of adoptive parents. Gary is married and has two adult daughters, including one adopted from Korea.


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