Get to Know Us
Adoption Wellness clinicians share a vision of hope and healing. We believe in the connection between brain science and the tenderness of the heart. Our mission is to empower individuals to achieve their goals and become the best version of themselves. We honor and process the past, strive to live in the present and work towards healthy relationships for the future.
We are trauma-informed, culturally competent professionals that embrace the balance of life. Our therapeutic modalities include evidence based modalities and compassion. Treatment plans are individualized based on strengths and needs.
Jaclyn Skalnik is the founder of Adoption Wellness and is also a transracial, internationally adopted person. Jaclyn earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Wisconsin. She has assisted adoptive families throughout their adoption process for nearly two decades. She has presented at global conferences on matters concerning adoption and is passionate about counseling adopted persons and adoptive families seeking support. Other professional experiences include international adoption related travel throughout Asia and Latin America, homeland travel with adoptive families, and advocating on behalf of children who deserve permanency in a loving, healthy family.
Jaclyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), a trained Hague Accreditation reviewer for the Council on Accreditation, a member of the National Association of Social Workers, a World of Diversity trainer, adoptive family homeland journey social worker and has facilitated international birth-family searches and reunions.
Angela earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Mount Mary University and obtained licensure from the State of WI as a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has over a decade of experience working in the mental health field with diverse populations. Her background includes working with children and families through in home therapy, residential treatment, individual therapy and group therapy. Angela has knowledge and experience with emotional and behavioral concerns, cognitive delays, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and chronic health issues. She understands not one single approach is the best for each child and family; therefore she takes an integrated approach to therapy.
Building a trusting relationship is an essential part of the therapeutic process. Angela establishes trust with her clients through the use of compassion and respect while displaying authenticity and professionalism. She believes her personal experience of growing up in a multi-cultural family provides her with a level of insight and understanding to help strengthen therapeutic relationships.
Emily Raclaw, LPC
Emily Raclaw is the newest counselor at Adoption Wellness and is also an adopted person, and an adoptive parent. Emily earned a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. Emily is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). Prior to earning her LPC, Emily was a high school special education teacher. She has over a decade of experience supporting families and children in a variety of settings from Kindergarten through Higher Education. She has expert level knowledge of special education processes including 504 plans, Individual Education Plans (IEP), and the transition process. Emily has extensive knowledge in emotional and behavior concerns, learning disabilities, and how they intersect. Emily has presented at conferences on matters concerning behavior/learning disabilities, trauma and equity in education.
In addition to her professional experiences, Emily has navigated her personal birth-family search and reunion, and has supported others in theirs. She has personal and professional experience with multi-racial and trans-racial adoption. Additionally, with her experience having two places on the triad, Emily believes she is in a unique position to offer insight to families. Emily utilizes her varied professional and personal experiences to develop the best and most appropriate approach for her clients.