Where are you from originally?
I grew up on a farm in central North Dakota.
Where are you going to school and what are you studying?
I am enrolled in my final semester at MSUM in the social work program.
What do you love about interning at CAS?
I love that as an intern I can be a part of building families at CAS. I am humbled to be a part of the individuals' and families' adoption journeys, and I admire the strength and courage that they have.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
When I am not working I love to spend time with my family and friends, travel, read, and crochet.
Can you share a favorite quote or something that inspires you?
"Every moment counts. Every second matters." - Elie Wiesel
We are thrilled to have Makall on board during this busy fall season, assisting Tina in serving adoptive families and with Destrie whenever possible with birth parent services. We hope you get a chance to meet her.
We are currently accepting applications for our spring internship.
I recently listened to this episode from a few months back. I love when I get to hear how the adoption journey has been from those who are many years into it. In this instance, the host April Fallon got to speak with both the birth mom in this first episode and then the daughter as well in the second episode.
As CAS launches the fall Birth Mom small group, the quote above is what really stood out to me in this episode. Even in a healthy, open adoption, it is so important for birth moms to have others to relate to and share with. Facing our feelings, especially grief or sadness, isn't necessarily something many of us are eager to do. However, when we share, it is a blessing to have others help carry the burden and lighten our load.
We recommend the Adoption Now podcast to everyone! These two episodes are a great place to start.
S3E16 "A Birth Mother's Journey Through Open Adoption"
S3E17 "Open Adoption from the Adoptees Perspective"
Working with expectant parents who want to make a life-affirming decision. Preparing couples to grow their family through domestic infant adoption.