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, LCSW


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 Hansen, LPC


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.