Where are you from originally?
I grew up in a small town in southern Minnesota.
Where are you going to school and what are you planning to pursue upon graduating?I am currently attending the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota with majors in social work, psychology, and pre-occupational therapy. After graduation, I am planning to become an adoption social worker.
What drew you to adoption and interning with CAS?
I originally became interested in adoption after a taking a mission trip to Ukraine and working with kids in the orphanages there. I have always loved working with children and seeing their lifestyle in that environment really inspired me onto this path. I chose interning with Christian Adoption Services because of my interest in becoming an adoption social worker, but also because my faith is extremely important to me and their mission statement fits my beliefs in the importance of a good Christian home as a foundation for a child.
What do you like to do when you aren’t working?
In my free time I enjoy reading, playing sports, and traveling.
Can you share a favorite quote or something that inspires you?
“God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, and coal into diamonds using time and pressure. He’s working on you too.” This is a quote by Rick Warren that really motivates me in the midst of hardship and trials because it reminds me that God is using these circumstances to form me into the person he desires me to be, and that without times of challenge and discomfort, I will never reach my full potential.
Averi is our first intern from University of Mary, and we are so grateful for our Bismarck office already having the opportunity to pour into the next generation of social workers. We are currently accepting applications for the fall.
Working with expectant parents who want to make a life-affirming decision. Preparing couples to grow their family through domestic infant adoption.