John Peterson, (he/him) – Administrative Specialist

John Peterson, (he/him) – Administrative Specialist

John started at Ampersand June of 2020 and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Child Psychology from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Social Work degree from St. Thomas/St. Catherine’s University. John has worked in the social services field for over ten years as a special education paraprofessional, mental health practitioner, and a child protection social worker.

John has first-hand experience growing up in the child welfare system and was adopted as a teenager. He understands the importance of implementing and maintaining family connections and providing a safe haven and secure base for youth. His adoption led him to a nurturing, supportive, and safe environment to help him resolve early-childhood trauma and restore his belonging, dignity, and hope.

John loves cats, enjoys learning new things, and puts 100% into everything.

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot. Nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” ~ Dr. Seuss

Our Mission

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.

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