Perry comes to Ampersand Families with a fresh perspective on waiting teens, adoption, and child welfare. Over the past few years, Perry has had the privilege of working with youth and adolescents primarily in school settings, and he has grown to love working with youth who have emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.
Perry received his B.A. in Urban & Public Affairs from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2009, and earned an M.P.A. from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011. Perry graduated with his M.S.W. from Southern Illinois University in May 2015, and is now a licensed social worker. While in the M.S.W. graduate program, Perry had the opportunity to participate in the Trauma Based Behavioral Health Fellowship and learned about the effects and impact of trauma on adolescents, at-risk youth, and transitional youth. Perry believes that Ampersand Families truly values waiting teens, families, and all who are involved in the adoption process.
When Perry is not at work, he enjoys keeping up with sports (basketball, boxing, football, etc.), hanging out at the lakes, working out, staying up to date on the news (thanks to Huffington Post and NPR), and finding cool restaurants around the Twin Cities.