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 well over 100 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 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

China Team Photo

Yue Jian Chen

Jian Chen
Vice President, China

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 US 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 US. In the US, she advocates for Holt families who are traveling overseas. She is the recipient of the 2005 Angels in Adoption Award.

Beth Smith

Beth Smith, RBSW, MS
Director of Adoption Services, ext. 166

Beth received her Bachelor's 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 health care management positions, Beth was hired in her current position at Holt's China Program in 1998.

Beth oversees Holt's services to families adopting from China. She coordinates all aspects of the China adoption process from intake through finalization of each family's adoption. Beth also works directly with social workers and families when reviewing referrals of children with special needs.

Kris Bales

Kris Bales, MA
Adoption Counselor, China

Kris holds a Master's degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She has been a licensed family counselor for more than 25 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 interested in adoption get started with the process. She also answers inquiries about children on the photo listing. 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. Kris does not work in the Eugene office and can be reached via email or telephone at 541-973-2217.

Michelle Shaffer

Michelle Shaffer, MSW
Administrative Social Worker, China, Hong Kong & Taiwan Programs, 541-349-4932

Michelle holds a master's degree in social work from George Fox University. She is happy to serve children and families as a member of Holt's staff, having been trained by Holt adoption specialists throughout her years of working with women in crisis. Michelle coordinates homestudy approval and provides case consultation and supervision to social workers and families throughout the China adoption process. She helps families prepare to adopt older children, ensuring a successful adjustment for all involved. She finds working with families in the China adoption process to be a pleasure and she also enjoys the connection and camaraderie with Holt's China team. When not working, Michelle enjoys playing with her kids and grandkids, reading, hiking and traveling internationally to visit children in Holt's programs, as well as some of her own grandkids who live abroad.

Frankie Silvestri

Frankie Silvestri
Program & Administrative Coordinator for China, Hong Kong & Taiwan Programs, ext. 118

Frankie graduated from the University of Oregon with a master's degree in international studies. She enjoys reading and travelling. Frankie joined the China team in 2019.

Frankie 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. Frankie also assists the vice president 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.

Naomi Knight

Naomi Knight
Family Process Coordinator, ext. 177

Naomi graduated from the University of Montana in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and moved to Eugene soon after. During her free time she likes to hike, read books, and cook.

Naomi welcomes families to the China program, answers questions about the home study, dossier and USCIS processing and provides the Document Processing Service (DPS). She is responsible for processing home studies as well as reviewing dossiers for accuracy and shipping them to China. She also supports families as they wait for their Letter of Acceptance (LOA) to arrive from China.

Alycia Fahr-Zarlons

Alycia Fahr-Zarlons
Match & Advocacy Coordinator, ext. 178

Alycia graduated with a Bachelor's degree in English. After teaching English abroad in Taegu, South Korea, she returned to the U.S. to begin her career with Holt. Alycia has extensive experience working with adoptive families, concert volunteers, donors, sponsors, board members, adoptees, social workers, and international partners. She previously acted as a Holt Coordinator for Sponsorship with the Marketing and Development Department, and has an additional decade of experience working with families in process for adoption in China, Hong Kong, India, The Philippines, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. Alycia met her husband, originally from Indonesia, while they attended the UO. They have two teenage children together and they are also an active host family for international students at the university.

Alycia assists families who are considering adopting a child with special needs. She obtains and distributes updates, tracks new child referrals, maintains the photolisting, and provides support for families and team members during the matching process.

Berry Luo

Berry Luo
Family Process Assistant x130

Berry is from Southern China, and moved to U.S. after she got married in 2016. She loves traveling and photography. She loves to use her camera to "make every beautiful moment turn into eternal memory". Berry worked for Holt China in Guangxi province from 2011 to 2016. When she was in China, she worked with orphanages to get information on children, and she oversaw the Nanning family strengthening program and Liuzhou foster care program.

Berry first worked in the Holt Eugene office as an intern from January 2015 to July 2015. She was hired as Family Process Assistant in December 2016. Her job responsibilities include uploading LOIs, translating written materials, sending child material referral to families, organizing child materials, processing acceptance packets and sending them to families. She also advises the team on Chinese cultural and language issues.

Steve Hejna

Steve Hejna
Travel Coordinator, ext. 179

Steve received a Master's degree in International Studies and has extensive experience living, working, and traveling internationally. He has been working with Holt's China program since 1995 and has been a dossier specialist and assistant manager, but for most of the time, over 15 years, Steve has been the program's travel coordinator.

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

Shirley Baszler

Shirley Baszler
China Post Placement Coordinator, Ext. 121

Shirley comes to us from a health insurance company, where she spent 12 years processing group insurance. Shirley's love for kids is the reason she is excited to work for Holt. "I feel like I am doing something important by being a part of helping the kids in China find forever families. I feel very blessed to be here!"

Shirely assists families with submitting their post-placement reports to the CCCWA, including reviewing, processing, and submitting reports to China.

Meet the Team in China

Holt China staff

Stories About Adoptive Families and Holt's Work in China


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