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Illinois & Wisconsin Branch Office

Adoption services from this branch office are open to all families living in IL and WI, even if you are using another placing agency.

We can help you adopt via international or U.S. adoption. If you are already working with another agency, we can complete your homestudy and provide post-placement services.

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Experiencing an unplanned pregnancy?

If you are an expectant parent living in Illinois or Wisconsin, Holt provides counseling to help you make an informed decision about your child’s future.

Exploring Adoption?
We Can Help.

We offer caring support from experienced social workers who will assist you with your international or U.S. adoption.

Holt knows how important it is for prospective adoptive families to feel supported throughout the process. Our knowledgeable social workers are here to answer questions and offer guidance throughout your adoption.

Homestudy Services

We can facilitate homestudies for families who are adopting internationally or in the U.S., even if you are with another placing agency. Reach out to learn more about how Holt’s homestudy services.

International Adoption Services

If you are adopting internationally through Holt, we will conduct your homestudy and serve as a resource throughout the process. You can also look to us for post-adoption support and referrals.

U.S. Adoption Services

We can offer support and referrals for families adopting in the United States. If you live in Illinois or Wisconsin, we are looking for qualified adoptive families for infants who need loving families.

Inquire About Adoption Services for Families in IL and WI

RSVP to an Adoption Information Meeting

Want to learn more about international or domestic 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 the RSVP on Eventbrite.


September 12, 2022 at 6:30pm CT


Have You Already Adopted?
We Can Help.

Holt offers a range of services to adoptive parents and adoptees through its post adoption services team in Holt’s Eugene, OR headquarters as well as through staff in our branch office. Any family or adoptee can utilize Holt’s services even if you adopted from another agency.

  • Birth Search & Reunion Support
  • Citizenship & Documentation help
  • Adoptee Connections and Advice
  • Therapy Services (Illinois only)

Birth Search

If you are interested in beginning a birth parent search, begin here.

Citizenship & Documentation

Need help or advice on obtaining records or learning about citizenship? Contact us.

Post Adoption Coaching & Education

Adoption can result in emotional challenges and questions. We’re here to help.

Therapy Services for Adoptive Families and Adoptees in Illinois


Pam Shepard, LCSW

Pam is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has over 25 years of experience in child welfare and is extensively trained to provide therapy for adopted children, teens, adult adoptees, adoptive parents and families. Pam has been trained in Theraplay, DDP (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy), RMT(Rhythmic Movement Training), EMDR (Eye Movement,Desensitization and Reprocessing), Brainspotting, and is also a TBRI® (Trust Based Relational Intervention) Practitioner.


For more information or to a schedule a consultation, contact [email protected]

Consultation

This is an initial session to discuss and answer questions regarding your child or your family’s specific situation. Resources and referrals are available. Ongoing therapy sessions at Holt could be an option if you live in IL.

Individual Therapy

These are ongoing sessions based on the progress of your identified goals and objectives. Treatment plans are individualized and based on your unique needs. One-on-one therapy sessions are with the identified client (you or your child) and the therapist.

Family Therapy

Family therapy is a session with all members of the family, or at least one parent, the child and the therapist.

Group Therapy

On ongoing group session with other identified clients. Arranged based on similar age ranges, the presenting problem/issue and maturity level.

Adoptee Support Groups

We regularly hold group sessions for parents and adoptees of all ages.

TBRI

We hold a regular, four-part Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI)® series geared towards parents of children who have experienced early childhood trauma. TBRI is built on the founding principles of connecting, empowering and correcting.

Therapy Services FAQs

Meet Our Staff

Amy Trotter, Holt International

Amy Trotter, MSW, LCSW

Branch Director | IL & WI
[email protected]
Call: 630-754-4514

Christi Lanham, Holt International

Christi Lanham

Branch Coordinator | IL & WI
[email protected]
Call: 630-754-4502

Nancy Crouch, MA, LCPC

Domestic Program Director | IL
[email protected]
Call: 630-754-4526

Samantha Santo, Holt International

Samantha Santo, MSW

Options Counselor | IL
[email protected]
Call: 630-754-4512

Beth Ilnyckyj, Holt International

Beth Ilnyckyj, MA, LCPC

Interstate Adoption Supervisor | IL
[email protected]
Call: 630-754-4532

Pam Shepard, Holt International

Pam Shepard, MSW, LCSW

Supervisor of Clinical Services | IL
[email protected]
Call: 630-754-4522

Holly Berry, Holt International

Holly Berry, MSW

Social Worker | IL
[email protected]
Call: 224-208-5506 

Colleen Martinson, Holt International

Colleen Martinson, MSW, LCSW

Social Worker | IL
[email protected]
Call: 773-383-4704

Diana Jiminez

Diana Jimenez, LCSW, MSW

Social Worker | IL
[email protected]
Call: 630-754-4504

Danielle Smith, Holt International

Danielle Smith, MSW

Social Worker | Eastern IL & IA
[email protected]
Call: 309-489-6168

Joy Quante, Holt International

Joy Quante

Social Worker | IL & MO
[email protected]
Call: 314-471-7110

Stacy Presley, Holt International

Stacy Presley, CSW

Birth Parent & Adoption Social Worker | WI
[email protected]
Call: 414-216-3322

Sheri Mayer, Holt International

Sheri Mayer, MSW, LCSW

Birth Parent & Adoption Social Worker | WI
[email protected]
Call: 715-218-8569

Annie Owens, Holt International

Annie Owens

Branch Assistant | WI
[email protected]

From Sunny Ridge Family Center to Holt International Illinois & Wisconsin Branch

The Illinois and Wisconsin branch of Holt International has a long and unique history of serving children — with roots planted in 1926 by a man named Reverend John Klinberg. He started Children’s Home of Chicago, which later moved to a farm and eventually became Sunny Ridge Family Center.


Holt Illinois Branch Office

270 Remington Boulevard, Suite D  
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Holt Wisconsin Branch Office

414 E. Walnut St. Suite 261 
Green Bay, WI 54301