Sonja McLean graduated from Minnesota State University Moorhead with her Bachelors in Social Work in 2008 and received her Masters in Social Work in 2012 from the University of New England. She has worked with the Adults Adopting Special Kids Program since 2008 as an adoption worker, a recruiter, and a supervisor for the program.

 Sonja has extensive knowledge of the unique issues that surround adoption. In addition to being a PRIDE trainer, Sonja provides education to foster and adoptive families, community members, and to other professionals in the area of special needs adoption. She is currently a member of the North Dakota Family Based Services Conference Committee.

Since the beginning of her career with the AASK Program, she has had a particular interest in older youth adoption and post adopt support. She strongly believes that any family can be successful with the right supports in place and is excited to be able to assist families as they begin their adoption journey after finalization.

Holly is the Office Coordinator for the ND Post Adopt Network.  She went back to school after her 3 children were in grade school and started working as a Certified Medical Administrative Assistant in a busy clinic for 3 general surgeons. After this, she spent 15 years at the Fargo VA Medical Center in surgical administration and then 3 years with the UND Surgical Residency Program.

 Interior decorating, gardening and taking care of her flowers are some of her favorite things to do. Her biggest hobby is working on crafts & gift baskets. The fall & harvest season is her ultimate favorite, and she and her family go all out decorating their yard!

Her family are big Bison fans, so football is a major topic at all family gatherings. Her children all live in the Fargo area and they get together often.  Her newest addition to the family is a sweet, little, tri-color cocker spaniel puppy named Lily, who keeps her very busy!