Misty Coonce

Misty has worked in the adoption field since 2009. Although she has worked across many programs (domestic infant, international, and foster care adoption), supporting youth in foster care and their families is her true passion. Misty is ecstatic to be part of the Ampersand Families team. She brings personal experience as an adoptee from the Minnesota foster care system.

Misty earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2010, and is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Minnesota. She completed the rigorous Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate Program through the University of Minnesota’s Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare in 2015. This program “was developed in response to community demand to meet the need for increasing the availability and competency of a professional workforce able to work across systems to serve the unique and complex clinical and practice needs for adopted individuals and their families.” In addition to working in the area of adoption and foster care since 2009, she previously supported survivors of domestic violence while working in the court systems and an emergency shelter program and provided wraparound children’s mental health case management.

Misty was raised in the Twin Cities in a busy home with her older biological and adoptive siblings. She is fascinated by the strength and resiliency of teenagers and young adults. She continues to live in the twin cities area with her husband and their two young children, enjoying the challenges and growth opportunities that come with parenthood. Misty values time with her family, and looks forward to annual summer trips to the Minnesota State Fair to consume food on a stick.

Engaging Relatives and Kin throughout the Child Welfare Process

Reaching for Healing, Equity, and Permanency; by Tori Hensley and Misty Coonce Being separated from birth parents or caretakers via the child welfare system is a traumatic experience for children and youth. Too often, being placed in out of home care means that children lose their connection to everything that is familiar to them; their… Read more

Parent Reunification as a Form of Permanency

A couple of years ago a 16 year old young man, was referred to us for child specific recruitment. He had been in foster care since the age of 9, and his parents’ rights were terminated when he was 11. Over those years, he moved between foster homes and group homes. From the records we… Read more

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