Helping Youth in Foster Care Find Safe, Permanent Homes With Minnesota Families
Our foster care adoption program serves children under Minnesota state guardianship or tribal jurisdiction. The goal of this program is permanency through adoption. There is a strong need for families open to sibling groups, school-age children, and teens.
Using CH/LSS to adopt from MN Foster Care is virtually free, the vast majority of costs are paid for through a contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS). If you are not open to children covered under this contract, fees may apply.
Ready to take the first step?Register for Required Adoption & Foster Care Training Classes Register for a 2-Hour Agency Orientation (required)
7 Foster Care Adoption Myths, Debunked
Free 45-Minute Webinar
In this free webinar, we dispel common myths about foster care adoption, including the costs of adopting, the services and support available to families and children after adoption, misconceptions about children’s desires to be adopted, behavioral concerns, and the amount of guidance children will need.Watch the Webinar Here
The Children Awaiting Adoption
Children waiting for adoption from MN foster care have been removed from the homes of their biological families and have been placed under the care and supervision of the state. As a result of these experiences, children will likely have experienced trauma, abuse, and/or neglect. The children may have emotional, behavioral, and/or academic needs. According to MN DHS, 59% of children awaiting adoption are part of a sibling group that needs to be placed together. Many children have other loved ones with whom they need to maintain connections.
Children of all ages and ethnic backgrounds are served in this program. There is a particular need for families open to parenting children ages 10-18, and sibling groups of all ages who need to remain together. Over half the children waiting for adoption are children of color. As of October 2022, there are 569 children in Minnesota in need of adoptive families immediately. Read the complete DHS Fact Sheet, Adoption: Finding Families for Minnesota’s Waiting Children.
Meet Children Waiting in Foster Care
There are a number of ways to learn more about children currently waiting for adoption from Minnesota foster care. You can visit our online listing and filter to the region “Minnesota.” Children’s Home is advocating for these children through our child-specific recruitment services.
Note that you may inquire about a child or sibling group at any time, however, you may need to complete steps in the foster care adoption process prior to officially matching with a child. It is our hope that children will find permanency as quickly as possible and therefore the waiting children you see may not be available once you have come through the process and completed your adoption home study.
Support Groups for Foster Care & Adoptive Families
We welcome you to join other families to learn from and support one another.
Staff-Led Groups: For families who have children from the foster care system placed in their home for foster care or adoption AND families who have a home study approved. This group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. RSVP to [email protected].
Serving All Families
We are dedicated to serving diverse families. Our foster care adoption program is open to individuals and families regardless of marital status, sexuality, gender identity, gender expression, religion, or race.Adoption by Single Parents Adoption by LGBTQ Parents