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Barb Holtan is executive director of AdoptUSKIDS, a project of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services’ Children’s Bureau, dedicated to implementing a national adoptive family recruitment and retention strategy, operating the website, encouraging and enhancing adoptive family support organizations, and conducting a variety of adoption research projects. She has worked professionally in the field of adoption since 1980, most recently as the executive director of Tressler Lutheran Adoption Services, a program that focuses on finding families for waiting children. Barb and her husband Andy are parents of five children, all now grown, three of whom joined them by adoption as older children and two by birth.

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