Amber joined Ampersand Families in November 2020. She earned her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from St. Cloud State University. Amber has experience working in different areas of child welfare including child protection, foster care, and adoption. She also has experience working in a community mental health center, elementary school, and as a mentor. Amber is passionate about partnering with youth and families in their permanency journey and ensuring all feel safe and supported. She believes youth and families of all identities deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and she strives to live up to this belief in all interactions. Amber is honored to work at an organization that believes so deeply in partnering with young people while helping to empower them to take part in the big decisions that are being made about their lives.
When not working, Amber enjoys spending time with her family. They are most often found playing outside, going for walks, baking, reading books, and playing with or watching cars!
The mission of Ampersand Families is to provide permanency and adoption services to older youth and families who face barriers to equity in child welfare, and to champion systemic changes that advance belonging, dignity and hope.