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Our Services

Adoption Minnesota can help you create an adoption plan that fits your needs.
We provide you with choices and assistance along the way. Our goal is to make the adoption process a positive and fulfilling experience for everyone involved.

For Birth Parents

Our birth parent counselor can help you plan for your adoption.
Here’s what we can do:

  • Help you choose an adoptive family, if you do not have one.
  • Help make arrangements for contact between you and the adoptive family before and after the birth of your child.
  • Help you find financial support during and after the pregnancy.
  • Help you find a doctor if you are delivering in Minnesota.
  • Refer you to an attorney.
  • Help you and the adoptive family plan how you want the adoption to go and write out a Cooperative Agreement detailing your plan.

Questions? Call us 800-444-3443

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For Adoptive Parents

At Adoption Minnesota, we recognize that some adoptive parents may choose to find their child through a full service adoption program, while others may find their own birth mother through family, friends or coworkers and need only some services to complete the adoption. We offer a variety of services to help find the right option for you.

  • American Adoption Package
  • Home Study Only Option
  • Birth Parent Counseling Option
  • Adoption Coordination Option
  • ICPC Option

QUESTIONS? CALL US 612-333-0489
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Meet Our Staff

Adoption Minnesota has separate birth parent and adoptive parent counselors. The majority of our staff have a personal experience in adoption, and our counseling staff have over 100 years of combined experience working in the adoption field.
Executive Director

LYNN RICCHIO

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In 2014, Lynn became Executive Director after having been Associate Director since 2004. She is a graduate of St. Cloud State University and holds a B.S. degree in Social Work. She is a licensed social worker who was adopted herself as an infant. Lynn worked with birth parents for eleven years, then with adoptive families for 11 years before becoming Executive Director.

Adoption is such an important part of my life that working in this field feels like a perfect fit for me. Having worked with birth parents and with adoptive families, I have seen the joy that adoption brings to everyone involved.

Associate Director / Birth Parent Counselor

AMANDA WARNER

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Amanda became Associate Director in 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Morris and has a Masters Degree from the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She is a Masters Licensed Social Worker and previously worked with youth transitioning out of foster care in Duluth.

Adoption runs in my family, and that personal experience means I am especially excited to work with birth mothers. I have great admiration for those women who choose to give such a wonderful gift to an adoptive family and their child.

Birth Parent Counselor

RUTH JENSEN

Ruth is a graduate of Bethany College in Social Work and is a licensed social worker. She has been with Adoption Minnesota and Wellspring for over 20 years. Adopted herself as an infant, Ruth has a special insight into how birth mothers and adopted children see the world.

I am so impressed and so thankful that my birth mother made the hard decision she did -- to place me with a loving adoptive family where I was able to thrive. I have a special place in my heart for all women who make that choice.

Grace-berg
Birth Parent Counselor

GRACE BERG

Grace is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth in Psychology. She is currently working on her master’s degree in social work at Augsburg College. Grace has experience working with women and children, and she has adoption in her family as her father was adopted.

Adoption has always been a significant part of my life. Having the opportunity to work
with birth parents through the adoption process is an absolute privilege.

Adoptive Parent Counselor

AMY HOOK

Amy is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a Masters degree from the University of St. Thomas. She has prior experience working with international adoptions, speaking on adoption panels, and helping with searches sought by birth parents. Amy was adopted herself as an infant.

Adoption was the best thing that could've happened to me. It shaped who I am, my education and my career. I'm grateful to be able to play in role in the adoption process for others.

Adoptive Parent Counselor

LIZ KELLER

Liz is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and has done graduate work in counseling. She is a licensed social worker in Minnesota and has worked in the adoption field for many years. Liz herself was adopted as an infant, and she and her husband have one biological and two adopted children who are now grown and on their own.

Nothing, but nothing, compares to the joy of adoptive parents who find that special birth mother who gives them the supreme gift of a child to raise.

Supervisor of Social Services / Adoptive Parent Counselor

KATHI HUENEMANN

Kathi is a licensed independent social worker with a Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She has many years of experience in adoption, having worked with both international and domestic placements.

Creating families through adoption is a passion of mine. I have a dream job!

LaDonna-lemmenes
Administrative Assistant

LADONNA LEMMENES

LaDonna has worked at Adoption Minnesota since 2007. Prior to this, she volunteered at another adoption agency for 4-5 years. Adoption runs in her family. LaDonna’s mother, husband, and daughter were all adopted.

I'm usually the first person you'll talk with when calling Adoption MN. My heart is truly in adoption, and I enjoy helping to provide everyone with the information they need to begin their journey.

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