About Me

        My first Christmas

       Personal Story

Welcome! My story begins as a Korean adoptee who arrived in 
Minnesota to loving parents when I was three months old. I am so lucky to have experienced unconditional love and acceptance by my family. Despite all of the wonderful opportunities and support that I received from my parents, I remember that as a child I struggled with where I came from.  Two identities....worlds apart. I looked like one world and I felt like another. A life transforming journey back to Korea
to meet birth family intersected both worlds and many mysteries of my heritage unfolded.

My parents and me in Seoul, Korea in 2005

After returning from Korea, I spent the next two years processing the insights I gained from the experience. I talked with other adoptees and documented their stories and experiences.  The more I learned the more I wanted to know.  I chose to complete a Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy. The insight I have gained from the combination of real world experience and education is invaluable to me.  I have always sought guidance from those who have walked in similar shoes and I hope to explore and share my empathy and knowledge with you.

Visiting the baby orphanage in Seoul, Korea

 Escorting the babies home to their new adoptive families from Seoul, Korea to Minneapolis, MN in 2005



Kara has extensive experience working with and developing techniques for children and families working through adoption and attachment issues. She has worked with and advocated for adoptees and their families in a variety of settings including in-home therapy, mentorship programs, state adoption trainings, church adoption networks, public speaking engagements and private practice. You can also hear Kara speak on public and private adoption panels around the Twin Cities area on behalf of life INSIGHTS and the Resource Committee of Adopted Adults (RCAA).

Kara has more than four years of therapeutic experience working with children, adolescents and young adults with issues including teen pregnancy, abusive relationships, family abuse, anxiety and depression, addiction and co-dependency, anger and oppositional behavior, sexual identity, attachment and abandonment fears, dependency in relationships and life transitions. Kara has worked with adopted adults AND birth mothers to assist all of those involved through the grief and loss period of the pre and post adoption journey. All of these concerns and more can be addressed at life INSIGHTS.


                                     Kara Riedesel, MA

                        Post Adoption and Attachment Specialist



                      B.A. Journalism/Mass Communications

                          University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN

                   M.A. Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy

                             Adler Graduate School, Minneapolis, MN

                                     Community Affiliations

                    Resource Committee of Adopted Adults (RCAA)

                  With my Korean host family in 2005 in Seoul, Korea