Minnesota post-adoption support
Below are post-adoption and guardianship support services available to families who live in Minnesota. Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the placement. Please check with your post-adoption services provider about the availability of specific post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family. You can also visit Child Welfare Information Gateway for information on Adoption and Guardianship Assistance, as well as additional information on post-adoption support.
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In Minnesota, families have access to the following services through the state’s post-adoption service programs:
- Child/youth assessment of needs and strengths
- Information (websites, fact sheets, articles, etc.)
- Navigation, advocacy, referral to services
- Birth family mediation and/or adoption search
- Peer support for parents
- Peer support for children/teens
- Mentoring for parents
- Mentoring for children/teens
- Case management
- Training/other development
- Education support/advocacy
- Camps, retreats, events
- Financial/materials support (other than adoption assistance)
- Community-based therapeutic services
- In-home therapeutic services
- Residential therapeutic services
- Crisis intervention
Who is eligible for these services?
Most services are available to all adoptive and foster families in the state, and families who took guardianship of a child from foster care. Specific eligibility is available at https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-4925-ENG.
Who provides these services?
Post-adoption services in Minnesota are provided through contracts with multiple agencies, each offering different services.
|Provider||Service provider||Service area|
|Adoption Medicine Clinic||Comprehensive child well-being assessments for children and youth in foster care, adoption and kinship care||Statewide|
|Ampersand Families||Support groups for children and youth, family retreats, buddy families, child assessments based on the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics||Statewide|
|Children’s Home Society||Assessment and supportive coaching for adoptive families||Statewide|
|Evolve||Heritage camps for transracial families||Statewide|
|MN Adopt||Information and referral services, training and educational for parents and professionals, a help line with referral to adoption-competent mental health professionals, post-adoption search services||Statewide|
|Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center||Training and support for families who may become foster, adoptive, or kinship resources for children covered by the Indian Child Welfare Act, support groups for parents, family cultural events||Twin Cities metropolitan area|
|North American Council on Adoptable Children||Parent and child/youth support groups, retreats, family activities, one-on-one information and support from other adoptive, foster, kinship parents||Statewide|
|Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota||Training for parents, parent support groups, family events||Greater Minnesota (outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area)|
|Pact Collaborative||Family visits to provide support and teach parenting skills, parent support groups, family activities||Greater Minnesota (outside the Twin Cities metropolitan area)|
Parents can find updated information about available services at the Minnesota Department of Human Services website and also learn more at MNAdopt and the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC).
Services may not be available in all areas and/or may be dependent upon the circumstances of the case. Please check with your state’s public agency about the availability of post-adoption or guardianship support services for your family.
Below are support groups for adoptive, kinship, and foster families. Support groups may be offered as part of a state’s post-adoption/guardianship support program, through a statewide or regional foster or adoptive parent association, through specific agencies, or may be run independently. If we have additional information about the group’s purpose or the community served, it’s provided under the group’s contact information.
To add a group or make a suggestion, email the AdoptUSKids family support team.
Anoka County Social Services
Bemidji Adoptive Parent Support Group
Dakota County Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group, Dakota County Adoptive/Foster Parent Support Group
Location: Apple Valley
Families with Children from China Midwest
Kanabec County Family Services
LSS Therapeutic Child Foster Care Program
Location: St. Paul
Main Street Family Services, Main Street Family Services
Location: Elk River
Minnesota Department of Human Services-Benton County
NACAC’s Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, Concurrent Families MN
Location: Hennepin County
NACAC’s Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, FASD Support MN
NACAC’s Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, Isanti County/East Central MN Support Group
Location: Isanti County/East Central
NACAC’s Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, Morrison/Todd/Crow Wing/Brainerd Area Support Group
Location: Morrison/Todd/Crow Wing/Brainerd Area
NACAC’s Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, Parenting Teens MN
NACAC’s Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, Rainbow Families MN
Group type: LGBTQ
NACAC’s Adoptive Foster Kinship Connections, Transracial Families MN
Location: Golden Valley
Nexus-Kindred Family Healing
Locations: Bemidji, Grand Rapids, Dulut
Olmsted County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative, Olmsted County Community Services
Parenting African American Children Adoptive Parent Support Group
Region served: Duluth
Polk County MN Parent Support Group, Polk Co Human Services
Sherburne County Health & Human Services
Location: Elk River