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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 counselors can help you plan for your adoption.
Here’s what we can do:

  • Assist in choosing an adoptive family, if you do not have one.
  • Support you in creating your personalized adoption plan.
  • Help you find a doctor and assist you in applying for health insurance, if need be.
  • Help make arrangements for contact between you and the adoptive family before and after the birth of your child.
  • Refer you to an attorney.

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.

  • 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.
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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 in social work from the University of Minnesota, Duluth and is a licensed graduate social worker.

Adoption has played a role in both my family and personal life. I am especially excited and honored 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.

Kim
Birth Parent Counselor

KIM COLE

Kim is a licensed social worker with a B.S. degree in social work from St. Cloud State University. Prior to coming to Adoption Minnesota, she was a hospital social worker for 7 years which included working with women and families in the Birth Center.

As a mom myself, I have a huge passion for working with birth mothers. I'm in awe of their strength and courage to make the loving choice of adoption. I'm honored to work with these incredible women and to be part of their journey.

Kathi
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!

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Adoptive 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 for over 30 years. Ruth was originally was birth parent counselor and was 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.

AMY
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.

HEATHER
Adoptive Parent Counselor

HEATHER KEMP

Heather is a licensed independent clinical social worker with a Masters degree from University of St. Thomas/St. Catherine University. She has prior experience working with foster parents and provided support services to children and families in their homes and educational system. Most recently worked in medical social worker as a kidney transplant social worker.

I believe anyone wishing to become a parent should have the opportunity to do so. I am passionate about providing education and support to adoptive parents as they navigate their journey in becoming parents.

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Executive Director

LYNN RICCHIO

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In 2014, Lynn became the Executive Director after having been Associate Director since 2004. Lynn worked with birth parents for eleven years, then with adoptive families for 11 years before becoming Executive Director. 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.

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.

LaDonna
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, daughter and son 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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Adoptive Worker and Post Placement Services

LIZ KELLER

Liz is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College and she is a licensed social worker. She has worked in the adoption field for over 40 years. Liz herself was adopted as an infant, and she and her husband have one biological and two adopted children.

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.

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