Adoption Supports

Therapeutic Services Agency has a 40-year history of helping families heal, grow, develop, and thrive! Providing services to families and children who are in the process of adoption, or have legal adoption finalized is an honor and an area of expertise developed at TSA. We recognize that often children who are experiencing the world of adoption have come to this because of childhood trauma or who have known fundamental grief and loss by being apart from birth parents. We respect the realities adoptive parents experience.  We work with adoptive families who care deeply for their children, have hopes, dreams and aspirations for their children, are committed to develop their family, and know the challenges within the journey of family relationships and family life.  We know the positive experience adoption can be and is! 

TSA staff are knowledgeable and skilled in assessment and therapeutic intervention to assist in coping with mental health issues. Areas of adoption and mental health specialty include and are not limited to: attachment work, family systems, mental health treatment, behavioral management, parenting, Fetal Alcohol Exposure (FAE)/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), autism, childhood trauma including physical and sexual abuse, neglect, chemical dependency, and abandonment. TSA staff respect the unique and special experience of the adoptive family and bring hope and confidence building approaches to the challenges adoptive families may experience.

TSA and its staff are also knowledgeable about concurrent planning and adoption practices, navigating and understanding the Child Protection System, family court and adoptive family development. We are knowledgeable about specialty adoption resources and can assist in helping families access support groups and other adoption resources and materials. TSA and its staff work with families and children who are developing their families by adoption! We celebrate with these families as we see children thrive in safe, loving, caring, committed families and we soar with happiness for the parents who know the joys of parenting and loving a child they chose to be part of their family. TSA is dedicated to best practices in supporting successful adoptions and has provided support to its staff to receive specialized training in Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) through the University of Minnesota systems.  We are pleased to announce those staff already certified with PACC:

  • Scott Emmons, MA, LP
  • Molly McHugh, MSW, LICSW
  • Cheryl Smetana McHugh, MSW, LICSW
  • Joan Schroeder, MSW, LICSW
  • Jim Molberg, MA, LP

For more information about services for your family or if you are interested in learning more about becoming a foster to adoptive parent, please contact Wendy Rude Pangerl at 320-629-7816 or

TSA also licenses foster families who may have an opportunity to adopt a child, sibling group or children! Check out the ADOPTION LINKS below!