Last chance! Announcing the final TRIA group of the year

We are happy to announce our final TRIA group of 2017.

TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives, is an ADULT THERAPY GROUP for Transracial International Adoptees age 18+. This will be the last group under our current funding and model.

There has long been a need for ongoing support for adults, because as we know, adoption is not a one-time event. We continue to be deeply thankful to the Community Innovation Grant that made this possible, provided by Headwaters Foundation for Justice and Bush Foundation. Our first group was a resounding success and our second group is in progress.

This therapy group model is a first in the Twin Cities, and one of a very few in the U.S. that is led by the adoptee community for the adoptee community. Our purpose is for participants to achieve an overall outcome of increased emotional health. We wish for connection through access to collective safer spaces to process the complexity of our experiences.


Are you a transracial, international adult adoptee? Do you want to meet other adoptees who share similar experiences?

This fall, join TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives, a new project sponsored by Watercourse Counseling Center, with the financial support of Headwaters Foundation for Justice & the Bush Foundation.

TRIA: Our Stories Our Lives is a new, 12-week 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 emotional health, enhance the positive development of personal and racial identity, and receive guidance toward growth and integration of individual and collective 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, from September 27-December 13, 2017 (12 weeks)

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

The Details: Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and attendance at all 10 sessions is expected. Snacks, refreshments, and all materials are provided. Selection of participants will be based on adoptee self-interest, availability, appropriateness for group setting, and other factors.

For more information, contact Julie: Voicemail: 612.767.8663 / Email: juliek[at]

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.