Finding Families for Children & Providing Ongoing Support
In 2012, Children’s Home Society of Minnesota (Children’s Home) and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) combined complementary adoption services, high standards of quality, and experience creating and supporting families. To meet the growing need of children in Minnesota’s foster care system, in 2018 Children’s Home expanded our services to provide licensing, education and preparation for foster care resource families.
Both organizations have a long history that began with the mission of providing care and finding families for orphaned children in 1865 (LSS) and 1889 (Children’s Home). Our current adoption services include; International Adoption, Infant Adoption, Foster Care, Foster Care Adoption, and Post Adoption Services.
Our Shared Values
- Child-Centered — The best interest of the child is at the center of our work. We believe that all children deserve and need permanent families.
- Best Practice — We are committed to using best practices that provide thorough, ethical, transparent, and inclusive services throughout the adoption and foster care journey. We strive to provide quality services that meet the needs of children and families and set an example of excellence for the adoption and foster care community.
- Respect for All Voices — We value the perspectives of all people we serve; the voices of adopted persons, foster youth, birth or first families, and adoptive families form our practice.
- Collaboration — We believe in fostering relevant and effective relationships in order to support children and families.
- Lifelong — We recognize that adoption is a lifelong journey and believe that all members of the adoption circle should have access to education, support, and resources at every stage of life.
The services of Children’s Home and LSS are available to all people regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, disability, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.
Reasonable accommodations shall be made for people who have communication disabilities and those who speak a language other than English.
Licensing & Accreditation
Children’s Home is Hague Accredited by the IAAME and both Children’s Home and LSS are 501(c)3 not-for-profit organizations. Both organizations are members of the National Council for Adoption (NCFA) and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).COA WebsiteNCFA Website NACAC Website
In Maryland, Children’s Home East Office is licensed by the Department of Human Resources, Office of Licensing & Monitoring. In Virginia, Children’s Home is licensed by the Department of Social Services for the Commonwealth of Virginia. Children’s Home East Office is a participating member of the Combined Federal Campaign for federal employees, CFC #50400. This office was formerly known as A.S.I.A. (Adoption Service Information Agency).
In Wisconsin, Children’s Home is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families.
We are committed to transparency in our practice and policies. If you would like a copy of our adoption services guidelines, contracts, fee structures, placement statistics, or the supervised providers we work within the U.S. or abroad, please contact us.Contact Us