Announcing new Group for Adult adoptees

In collaboration with Watercourse Counseling Center and with the financial support of Headwaters Foundation for Justice & the Bush Foundation, we are excited to announce TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives.

TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives is a new, no-cost adoptee-led therapy group for adults that will offer the power of community and collective process to help discover, unfold, reclaim and retell our stories. Holding the philosophy of “for us, by us,” our goal is to provide therapeutic space that allows participants to connect with others, expand their emotional health, and receive guidance toward growth and integration of their experiences.

Minnesota is home to one of the highest concentrations of Transracial International Adoptees (TRIAs). Our experiences are unique but carry a common thread through the separation from our first families and original culture. Being raised in the Midwest, often by White families, our identities and lived experiences are complex. As we uncover the layers of our lives, we can reveal and understand our whole selves.

The group will be led by TRIA therapists Julie Jong Koch, MSW, LICSW and Jessica Shultz, MA.

When: Weekly on Wednesdays 6-8pm, for a 12-week period from March 29th through June 14th.

Where: Watercourse Counseling Center South Clinic 3548 Bryant Ave S, Minneapolis

Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and attendance at all 12 sessions is required. Snacks, refreshments, and all materials provided.

If interested in the group or for more information, contact Julie at: VM: 612.767.8663 / Email:

Watercourse Counseling Center TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives program is a proud recipient of the Headwaters Foundation Community Innovation Grant, a partnership between Headwaters Foundation and the Bush Foundation. This grant supports communities to use problem solving processes that lead to more effective, equitable, and sustainable solutions. It allows communities to increase collective understanding of an issue, generate ideas, and/or test and implement solutions.