Barbara Holtan

Barbara A. Holtan, MA, MSW, has been working professionally in the field of adoption since 1980. She has worked as an adoption caseworker, program director, and Executive Director at a private agency working exclusively to find families for children with special needs. In 2002, she assumed the role of AdoptUsKids Project Director of the Adoption Exchange Association, the organization directing the Collaboration to AdoptUSKids, a multi-faceted, five-year initiative of the Children’s Bureau. She is an international trainer on adoption and child welfare issues and has quoted extensively in print and broadcast media. Ms. Holtan is the recipient of a number of professional awards, including Adoption Activist Award, North American Council on Adoptable Children, and a Department of Health & Human Services Adoption Excellence Award. She and her husband are the parents of five children, three of whom joined the family by adoption and two by birth.