Youth Services Contractor

As a youth services contractor teaming with non-profits and counties, Alisa works diligently to impact foster and adoptive youth in Minnesota (MN).

Working together with visionaries from Twin Cities organizations and Minnesota governmental entities, Alisa Matheson works together to think systematically on how processes and procedures can be improved and allow teams to focus on the true issues and not get stuck in the menucha, thus impacting the lives of foster and adopted children and youth, now and in the future.

Alisa is the perfect definition of “lead by example.” Her bright personality, attention to detail and continual recommendations to improve program process’ makes her the ideal person for the job. Alisa is highly collaborative, positive and can confidently work efficiently independently.

Emma Granquist

Current Partnerships

  • Concurrent Adoption Education with Dakota County
  • Mentorship program development and implication for youth aging out of the MN Foster Care System, with Mark Gordon and C2i. Since Sept 2019, I have been teaming with Connections to Independence in Minneapolis, MN to design and coordinate a mentorship program that meets the unique needs of young people who are aging out of foster care.  They are often in need of healthy adult connections, who can encourage them towards greatness.  Learn more about C2i’s mentorship program, click here. (Please watch the moving and transformative video below to learn more about the experience of aging out of foster care from those who are living it.)
Watch the first of a three-part series following two foster youths as they age out of Washington State’s extended foster care system. Corey has been in foster care for 18 of the nearly 21 years of his life. Mykell has been in 10 foster homes since she was baby. Both are about to age out of the foster care system. Corey is collecting furniture in anticipation of securing an apartment. Mykell is attending school and working while navigating the challenges of finding an affordable apartment.

Past Partnerships

  • UMOJA MN with EVOLVE Adoption
  • Child Specific Recruitment & Social Medical History Writing with Dakota County
  • Adoptive and foster care training and education in Minneapolis and St Paul, Minnesota, by an experienced trainer, educator, and workshop facilitator.

In the News

Alisa Matheson is wise, kind, empathic, and fiercely committed to her work with kids and families. I am so grateful that I was able to work with and learn from her!

Anna Lifson


Do you have a project you would like to partner on? Large or small, reach out and tell me more. Lets see if we are a good fit.

Alisa Matheson would be happy to speak with someone looking for a 5-10 hour a week contract to improve their process and flow of their company or non-profit organization, please get in touch.

Qualifications & Certificates

  • NTI Trained Professional – Successfully completed The National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative and have received training on assessment, support and therapeutic interventions which promote permanency and improve well-being. Training topics included the following: loss and grief, attachment and brain development, race, ethnicity, culture and transrational adoption, parenting strategies, identify formation, and more.
  • Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, with a focus in Child and Family from University of Northwestern – St. Paul

View Alisa Mathesons full resume on Linked in.

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