Circle Back Adoptee Mentorship
Through this new program, led by Holt's expert post-adoption team of Adoptees, we help youth Adoptees lay the foundation for healthy identify development, acknowledge and process different facets of their Adoptee and racial identities, and connect with older Adoptees in a way that is uniquely tailored to each Adoptee and family. Oh, and did we mention it's FUN, too?!
Circle Back mentorship program includes three virtual mentorship sessions via Zoom from the comfort of an Adoptee's home. There is also a single session option. We use this time to help support Adoptee identity and cover topics such as birth stories, birth parents, racial identity, search, reunion, travel and so much more.
Circle Back is open to all Adoptees. 3 session for $150 or 1 session for $75.
We work with Adoptees and families all over the world, regardless of placing agency or birth country. We are excited to meet you!
Steve is the director of adoptee services at Holt and a Ph.D. candidate in the school of social work at Portland State University. Entering his fourteenth year at Holt, Steve is a trainer for adoption professionals and adoptive parents on the value and importance of the Adoptee voice, and presents globally on the international Adoptee experience. Informed by academia, direct work with hundreds of Adoptees, adoption professionals and adoptive families around the world, he continues to develop innovative programming for Adoptees and their families that empower all parties to advocate for a more balanced adoption discourse. Steve lives with his wife and 6-year-old daughter in Eugene, Oregon.
As the Adoptee programs coordinator at Holt, Caitlin works to develop and support programs for Adoptees and their ever-changing needs. Caitlin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international relations from Boston University and a master's degree in intercultural youth and family development from the University of Montana. As part of her graduate degree, Caitlin spent two years serving in the Peace Corps in Tibati, Cameroon, in West Africa, working with a youth empowerment center. As an Adoptee from South Korea, she is very involved with advocating for and developing programs for Adoptees and enjoys working directly with Adoptee youth. Caitlin lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Joli is the camp director of Holt Adoptee Camp. Her responsibilities include the development and management of camp programs, the supervision of campers and camp staff and the facilitation of expansion of Holt Camp outreach. As one of the Circle Back facilitators, Joli is passionate about helping youth adoptees process through their adoption stories. Joli is a Chinese adoptee from the Midwest. She received her bachelor of arts in political science from Lawrence University and following the completion of her undergraduate degree she spent two years in Zhejiang Province, China teaching conversational English at a primary school.