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Nice to meet you, I am based out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and am an adoption and foster care contractor, educator, blogger and Family Photographer.

Alisa Matheson of Attempting Agape

Contractor and Educator

Working with visionaries from Twin Cities nonprofits, organizations and Minnesota governmental entities, Alisa Matheson helps them to think systematically on how processes and procedures can be improved.

For the past 10 years, she has educated prospective adoptive and foster parents, in order to help them understand the foster youth and adoptee experience and come to be truly supportive of birth families.

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Foster Care Adoption Blogger

Alisa has traversed the foster and adoptive world system as a single mom, and as an adoption professional.

Along the way, she became an enthusiastic pro-reunification foster parent, an advocate for youth in the foster care system to have less moves and access to their full story, and an advocate for better trained and prepared parents and workers.

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Minneapolis Photographer

Natural light photographer, Alisa Matheson, uses her laid-back, comfortable style to capture the moments of shared joy, with a focus on affordable, fun and unique MN family portrait photography, including child, engagement, maternity, senior and newborn baby photography.

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About

My name is Alisa Matheson and I am the Founder & CEO of Attempting Agape, a labor of love, 10 years in the making. Attempting Agape has grown as I have and I am proud to share my life of photography, parenting and foster care advocacy.

In 2010, I launched Beloved Pieces Photography to capture the moments of shared joy, with a focus on family, child, engagement, maternity, senior and newborn photography.  My favorite types of photoshoots are those that capture kids being kids and families being families, doing normal everyday things, like going for a walk, blowing bubbles, being silly together, or going to the park.

At the same time, I launched a blog, to share my personal foster care journey with family and friends. This became a great vehicle to educate and inform as I grew in my knowledge and experience in the world of adoption and foster care. I am especially passionate about open adoption, lifebooks and being mindful of the adoptee, foster youth and birth parent perspective.

In 2019, the love of photography and foster care adoption merged under the one umbrella of Attempting Agape, still with Alisa Matheson at its helm.

This name comes from a desire to live and love beyond me. To attempt something is, “to make an effort to achieve… something, typically a difficult task or action”.  Agape is a word we don’t use often, but it “embraces a universal, unconditional love that… goes beyond just the emotions, to the extent of seeking the best for others.”

My mission for Attempting Agape is to capture moments of joy through photography and to team with all those impacted by adoption and foster care in order to think creatively on how things can be improved for foster and adopted youth, from the simple to the complex.

Life is complicated and messy, but along the way we can embrace and capture the joy and complexity.

Please reach out if you have any questions,

Alisa Matheson

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