AdopteeBridge is proud to support businesses and services owned/operated by adoptees, adoptive family members, and people of color. Below, is a list of adoptee/adoptive family member/people of color owned/operated businesses. Would you like to see your business listed? Please contact AdopteeBridge: email@example.com
* = adoptee
** = adoptive family member
Arete Academy of Exceptional Education**
Arete Academy is committed to partnering with parents to educate and support twice-exceptional students — gifted students who also have learning disabilities — so they can learn the academic, social and emotional skills needed to overcome their disabilities, reach their full potential and apply their gifts to make lasting contributions to the world. The school was founded by Leah Brzezinski, an adoptive mother, who has a B.A. in Elementary Education, a M.S. in Speech Language Pathology, and an Ed. D. in Child and Youth Leadership with a focus on special education. Arete Academy's growth has been significant, especially in the areas of tutoring, evaluation, teacher training, consultation and speech/language therapy.
Arete Academy offers several additional services both to current students and families as well as to the community including:
Tutoring services in math and reading
Language learning evaluations, consultations and reviews
Professional development courses
Speech & occupational therapy
Families are welcome to come for a tour Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 10:30am.
4330 Cedar Lake Road
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Kelly has a MS in Forensic Science and my BS in physics and chemistry. She has 8+ years of experience tutoring mathematics from algebra through calculus, as well as general physics, general chemistry, and organic chemistry. She enjoys helping and communicating with students in order to help them understand and enjoy the subject material. Kelly finds that she excels in her ability to explain a given topic/concept in multiple ways. She is patient and understanding and loves to learn and and enjoys aiding others in doing the same. Kelly finds it important to not only help students with the material, but also guide them in learning and understanding how to help themselves in studying and finding answers on their own. She is comfortable with group tutoring as well. Kelly is friendly, energetic, easy-going, and looks forward to assisting students academically.
Kelly has tutored in a Student Support Services department at a community college in her home state of New Jersey. The department helped first generation college students and students of color. She has worked with children who have special needs while coaching gymnastics in Minnesota and in New Jersey. She is available to tutor middle school to college-level students.
Please contact AdopteeBridge for Kelly’s contact information!
Adoption Heart Project*
Renee Meyer Ernst
An Etsy shop providing various adoption-themed designs. Renee Meyer Ernst was born in Busan, South Korea and adopted to the United States at the age of three months. Influenced by her experiences as an adoptee, Renee’s personal work explores notions of forming and expressing identity within cross-cultural contexts. Renee completed a BA in Studio Art from the University of Northern Iowa, and an MFA in Graphic Design from Iowa State University. She is currently an Associate Professor of Art at St. Ambrose University, and runs her own freelance design & photography business. Outside of teaching, Renee engages in cultural studies and international adoption issues. Proceeds from the Adoption Heart Project help support Renee's adoption-based art + community building projects, including workshops and travel for lectures.
The Giving Tree Children's Boutique*
Located in the heart of Minnesota Lake Country, The Giving Tree Children's Boutique is the place to shop for all of your baby and children's gift needs! The Giving Tree Children's Boutique has a huge selection of toys and quality apparel items.
30 Main Street N.
New London, MN 56273
Kara is the creator behind Grace Semicolon. She has loved crafting, painting, and creating different things from the time she was little. She has a deep passion for crafts and also hearing stories of how people are crafted. She does watercolors, custom timeline portraits, and hand lettering. A unique product she makes are Adoption Story Timelines! A portion of each timeline created will go towards helping other families adopt. A huge push towards Kara opening her Etsy shop was for there to be more representation of adoption and adoptees in the world. In addition, she wanted to give back to the adoption community that means so much to her and her family. Head on over to her shop to get your custom Adoption Story Timeline!
Dance & Arts
Black Table Arts*
BlackTableArts seeks to conjure and cultivate other worlds through black art by connecting creatives and cultivating volume in Black Life. Black Table Arts is a hub and home for black art. We are a blog community and arts organization. They offer writing programs, open mics, The Because Black Life Conference, and The Black Floor: A Center Stage for Black Dancers. In partnership with Tu Dance Company - The Black Floor: A Center Stage For Black Dancers is one of the few public all ages classrooms covering Hip Hop Dance dedicated to black and P.O.C I dancers. Intermediate level and up. No admission cost. 7-9p. Keno Evol is a poet, educator and sci-fi social worker from Chicago Illinois raised in South Minneapolis. He serves as the Founder and Executive Director of Black Table Arts and The Because Black Life Conference. Evol won first Place in the 2017 Sonia Sanchez-Langston Hughes Poetry Contest. Evol has taught at nineteen institutions across the state of Minnesota. Evol has received the Verve Grant, the Beyond the Pure fellowship, The Emerging Writers Grant and The Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship for his work.
Bollywood Dance Scene
Bollywood Dance Scene is a 501c3 non-profit that brings together many like-minded people - Indian and non - to form a vibrant community dedicated to dance, diversity, and inclusion. We offer fun, informal classes to all ages and abilities, and performance opportunities for the inspired and dedicated. Mission: Bollywood Dance Scene celebrates cultural diversity and social harmony in the community through the joyful medium of dance, performing arts, and related South Asian cultural traditions.
Tapestry Folkdance Center
3748 Minnehaha Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55406
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater
CAAM Chinese Dance Theater is dedicated to preserving, celebrating, and sharing our Chinese cultural heritage and enriching the cultural life of all Minnesotans through the universal language of dance. In this spirit, CAAM CDT is pleased to offer free and low-cost performances throughout the year. Curiosity and interest in this captivating dance form are the only prerequisites for taking one of CCAM classes. Prior dance experience is not required, and one does not need to speak Chinese.
800 Transfer Road
Saint Paul, MN 55114
Heart & Soul Drum Academy
Heart and Soul Drum Academy is an educational non-profit organization in the Rondo Community of St. Paul, Minnesota offering Djembe hand drum classes to youth ages 3-17. We use the Djembe hand drum to teach them about communication as well as musical creativity. Musical arts are no longer available in many public-school systems. Providing community Djembe classes in drum circles is a way to help youth focus on a task; listen to what others contribute to the drum circle; and work together for one purpose – a song. Some drummers are the steady bass beat, others play the various ranges of tone, and the rhythmic makers accent the beats by slapping the drum, to bring the bass, tone and slap together for a syncopated rhythm of harmonies.
St. Paul, MN
Inspire Dance Studio*
Julia* and Kristen's mutual love of dance and working with students makes them a dynamic team. After dancing and working together for years, they realized their incredible chemistry and ability to work well with each other. Together, they strive to inspire their students both on and off the dance floor with the intention of not only helping them to become the best dancer they can be, but to become the best person they can be. With more than 20 years of experience in the dance world, Julia and Kristen have been on both sides of the curtain; working backstage, choreographing and performing. These experiences have led them to understand that a successful and fulfilling dance experience is helped not only by the relationship between teacher and student, but between teacher, student and parent. It is their goal at Inspire Dance Studio to create an environment that inspires passion for both dance and life.
7255 Flying Cloud Dr.
Eden Prairie, MN 55344
R.G.K. Modern Indian Dance Academy
R.G.K. celebrates youth and makes learning fun: Students participate in creation, interpretations and production of an original art inspired by culture of India. RGK not only teaches Bollywood dancing, but offers students opportunities to perform and experience theater arts. R.G.K. promotes awareness of Indian Dance and Culture in the wide community. Their aim is to teach Indian culture and tell stories through dance. R.G.K. Academy has brought awareness of Indian culture and dance to Minnesota though 14 R.G.K. original Bollywood productions in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, with hundreds of performances given throughout the academy.
Modern Indian Dance Academy RGK
17430 45th Ave. N., Plymouth, MN 55446
Metro Dance Center
1057 W. Hwy 96, Shoreview, MN 55126-1914
Shinparam--Korean Traditional Drumming Troupe
Shinparam is a Korean traditional drum troupe which was founded in 2004 and is cosponsored by Korean Quarterly newspaper. We strive to develop members' proficiency in the tradition of poongmulnori (marching and dance choreography with drumming) and the more modern samulnori (a seated concert-style of traditional drumming). Shinparam is an open drum group and anyone is encouraged to practice with us! Shinparam performs at various Korean American and Asian American events around the Twin Cities, annually at the Chicago Korean Street Festival, and we have, on occasion, trained in South Korea at the Hanullim School of Music in Buyeo. Shinparam members meet for weekly practices at the Korean Presbyterian Church in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. Membership is free and open to adults and teens regardless of prior drumming experience.
Brooklyn Center, MN
Twin Cities Chinese Dance Theater
Established in 2002, the Twin Cities Chinese Dance Center (“TCCDC”) is a non-profit performing arts and educational organization founded with the goal of promoting the understanding and appreciation of Chinese culture. Their activities are designed to preserve traditional Chinese genres of performing arts and nurture innovations that reflect the dynamic and diverse Chinese cultural heritage. Programs fuse contemporary performing arts with traditional Chinese performance styles. The objective is to take audiences beyond cultural boundaries to where tradition meets innovation and creative freedom arises from discipline in the technical aspects of Chinese performing arts. Through teaching, performing Chinese traditional dance, and entering into competitive events, TCCDC has educated and inspired students and audiences for nearly a decade. TCCDC offers a comprehensive curriculum. We offer classes that focus on traditional Chinese dance movements and the historic cultural background of these movements. Chinese dance has its own unique vocabulary, meanings, and ordered structure that enables a dancer to fully express his or her thoughts and feelings with ease, grace and technical acumen. To reach this high level of performance, TCCDC students are trained by professional instructors that are also performers and therefore have a deep comprehension of both the technical and physical aspects of Chinese dance, as well as of the Chinese culture that is the basis for the dance steps. To satisfy broader interest of our students and parents, we also offer specially designed courses such as Latin, ballet, and Chinese martial arts.
1057 Hwy 96 W.
Shoreview, MN 55126
Hair & Makeup
Head Spin Salon, LLC*
Jenni Heley—instagram: @head_spin_salon_jh
Jenni has been a hairstylist for almost seven years and her passion is men's cuts. She also does hair and makeup for special occasions, and offers tape-in extensions. Jenni uses Lis'n hair products which are hair products made in Minnesota and are gluten, sulfate, and paraben free. For color, she uses Lanza, which is also a more natural product line.
Call or text for appointment inquiries: 952-607-0480
Proverbs 31 Hair Care*
Proverbs 31 Hair care began as a small dream of an adoptee to share her love for hair, fashion, and community. It later expanded into a brick and mortar store in Stillwater, MN. It has since evolved into an in-home hair braiding business. Proverbs 31 travels to homes around the Twin Cities area braid hair, sell hair care products, and teach families how to braid and take care of textured hair. Their goal is to leave every family feeling knowledgeable and confidant about doing hair.
Oak Park Heights/Stillwater, MN (available to travel to nearby areas)
Steller Hair Company
Jamee Lapakko*--instagram: @jameekimhair
Jamee’s love for connecting with people has lead her to pursue a career in hair. With over 9 years of experience and continuing education she has perfected her craft and is an expert at creating personalized hairstyles to best suit her clients needs. She specializes in all types of hair including balayage, foils, bobs and big transformations. Jamee is a Korean adoptee and a mother to her 5 year old daughter, Tegan. When she is not behind the chair she loves to travel and spend time with her family.
945 Broadway St. NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Styl'n by the Lake
Page is an Independent Hairstylist at Styl'n by the Lake and has been there for almost 10 years and has been doing hair since 2004. She does mostly haircuts, student cuts, child cuts, and waxing.
Forest Lake, MN
Autumn Moon Photography**
Photography is a passion for Amy and enjoys capturing special moments on film. She captures a variety of events ranging from weddings, engagements, seniors, maternity, and family photo shoots. Her goal is to make her clients feel as if they are in "that moment" every time they look at their pictures.
Custom cakes, cupcakes, and fondant toppers and cookies. Specializing in cute, quirky, and detailed characters.
Therapy & Referrals
**Please contact AdopteeBridge directly for more information regarding MN-based therapists/social workers.
Merrily Young-Hye Sadlovsky, MSW, LCSW, LICSW
Adoptee Connections is focused on providing accessible and affordable support, counseling, and consulting services for adoptees and the adoption community that is adoption-competent and adoption-informed.
Adoptees On is a free podcast and gathers adoptees who are willing to share their personal stories. Topics range from reunion, secondary rejection, depression, suicidal ideation, building relationships, being adopted, identity, and much more. Haley also interviews adoptees who are professionals (e.g. therapists) who share their expertise with listeners—anger, perfectionism, etc. The Healing Series is facilitated by therapists and social workers, and also Haley herself and many adoptees have found this series very helpful as they navigate adulthood.
Amanda L. Baden, Ph.D.*
Amanda Baden received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Michigan State University and she is currently a Professor in the Counseling Program at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. Dr. Baden has both personal and professional experience with adoption. She was adopted from Hong Kong and raised in a transracially adoptive family. Her experiences both personally and professionally have lead her to focus her research and clinical practice on adoption triad members, transracial/international adoption issues, racial and cultural identity, and multicultural counseling competence. Dr. Baden has written extensively on adoption issues including having created a model of identity for transracial and international adoptees called the Cultural-Racial Identity Model.
New York, NY
For therapy and general inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
For academic inquiries: email@example.com (973-655-7336)
Astrid Castro Consulting*
Astrid has a degree in sociology with an emphasis in adoption. For twenty plus years, she has traveled the country to lead youth groups, present workshops on transracial parenting, talking with children about adoption and various other workshops focusing on adoption.
The Center for Adoption Support and Education (C.A.S.E.)
C.A.S.E. is located in Maryland, but provides a variety of resources for adoptees, families, and professionals nationwide. They offer counseling and support groups in the Maryland/D.C. area and also a state directory of adoption-competent therapists. They also offer vast resources--including webinars and resources.
Its Kate Powers*
Kate is invested in transformation and connectivity and in her responsibility in actionable change for creating a better world. Her interests are diversity, natural medicine, women's empowerment + men's empowerment and culture at the global, collective and individual level. She has a special interest in international adoption activism. Kate offers coaching, therapeutic integrative bodywork, and yoga.
Katie Naftzger, LICSW*
Katie Naftzger has been in the field for 20 years as a psychotherapist, working with adoptees, adoptive parents and families. She authored “Parenting in the Eye of the Storm: The Adoptive Parent’s Guide to Navigating the Teen Years,” and speaks and facilitates groups for adoptive parents and adoptees around the country about these important issues. She also brings a lifetime of experience as a Korean adoptee, which in turns, enriches her work.
Newton Highlands, MA
Melanie Chung Sherman, LCSW, PLLC*
Melanie Chung-Sherman, LCSW, LCPAA, PLLC has worked in the field of child welfare since 1999 and is the founder and owner of a private practice. She is a Texas Board-certified clinical social worker and supervisor and a licensed child placing administrator through the State of Texas. Over the last 18 years, she has specialized in the field of child welfare ranging from foster care, adoption, mental health, trauma-informed care, and administration. She is a Circle of Security® Parenting Professional Trainer™ as well as a Certified Trauma Specialist through The National Institute for Trauma and Loss in Children®. She trained at the Adult Attachment Interview Institute under Drs. Mary Main, Ph.D, and Erik Hesse, Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a Certified Theraplay® Therapist through the Theraplay® Institute in Evanston, Illionis and an EMDR therapist through the EMDRIA Institute. Her training also includes TBRI® and the Empowered to Connect Parent Training. She is also an adjunct professor of Social Work at Collin College in Plano, Texas. It is her firm belief that it is never too late to make a difference in the lives of others. Her practice is open to all seeking assistance to make a positive change in their daily lives.
MN ADOPT is contracted by the Department of Human Services. MN ADOPT is dedicated to supporting and sustaining families who adopt Minnesota Waiting Children by providing online resources and referrals to therapeutic and crisis services, support groups, adoption information and comprehensive training opportunities.
They have a wonderful list of adoption-competent therapists located in various parts of Minnesota. Or, feel free to call their HELP Program. This is a phone based support service and specialists' focus and specialties are adoption and supporting permanency. They will work with adoptees and families to identify and access appropriate therapeutic options based on the caller's need through the large network of HELP Program connected therapists who are experienced with adoption/trauma/attachment. If you are a community professional, the HELP Program will also work with you to help find the correct resource.
HELP Line: 1-855-670-HELP OR 612-746-5137