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Minnesota Legal Definitions and Information. Click here
for the latest Minnesota laws and revisions to laws on adoption, paternity, records,
custody consent, what constitutes a child-placing agency, Indian Child Welfare Act
compliance, and artificial insemination.
See Government Links for additional
Collaborates with Anoka/Washington County
(Programs for Autism & Behavioral Health)
Fraser has teamed up with Anoka/Washington County Head Start to bring mental
health services into early childhood programs in those counties. Fraser is
providing intense on-site training and ongoing consultations with Head Start
staff. Skills therapy and evaluations are now offered to children and families
who may benefit.
In the future, staff will be able to identify and connect families to resources
earlier in their children's lives. Fraser also operates a clinic in Anoka, which
provides mental health and autism services. The clinic is located at 2829
Verndale Ave in Anoka. For more information about Fraser in Anoka, read our fact
sheet or call 612-331-9413.
Adoption and Guardianship Unit: Department of Human Services
The state agency that provides the technique supports when adopting in Minnesota.
They provide question and answer booklets, search assistance via a brochure, and
general adoption policy.
AKConnection (Adopted Korean Connection)
The mission of AK Connection is to be a resource for adult Korean adoptees by providing
information on the website and e-newsletters and to build a supportive community
through educational, cultural and social events.
American Indian Advocates
The American Indian Community Advocate assists American Indians residing in the
City of Minneapolis. The Advocate helps American Indians access city services and
Anu Family Services
Dept of Civil Rights, Minneapolis
Provides treatment foster care and family-to-family mentoring as a Rule 4 child-placing agency. To become a treatment foster parent, call 1-877-287-2441
Arc Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide voluntary
organization that is dedicated to ensuring the full participation in
their communities of people with developmental disabilities and
improving their lives and the lives of their families.
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Better Endings New Beginnings
Information for parents and professionals dealing with FASD, adoption and/or foster
care. Speaking (high school presentation and workshops), books and newsletter available.
Blue Stem - A Center For Child and Family Development, formerly known as Associates 2000 PA
A multi-specialty neurodevelopmental clinic that offers assessment and treatment
of children, adolescents, and adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.
PACER bullying prevention web site:
www.pacerkidsagainstbullying.org, helps second through sixth-graders find
ways to respond to and to prevent bullying. Includes games, videos with celebrities
and real-life kids, cartoons, polls, artwork and much more. Geared for all children,
the site includes children with disabilities who can be particularly vulnerable
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Provides high-quality, strength-based
mental health services throughout the Twin Cities metro area.
Our licensed professionals and experienced practitioners
represent a variety of cultural backgrounds and professional
disciplines. Our mission is to be a center of excellence for
mental health, chemical health and elder health services that
bring hope, healing and recovery to people's lives. Canvas Health accepts most forms of insurance payments.
Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative
Partnership between Carver-Scott Educational Cooperative
and Carver County CHS to raise community awareness of FASD and develop effective
educational and life-skills strategies for youth identified with FASD.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona is a not-for-profit corporation of the
State of Minnesota. The staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities help children,
families in crisis, vulnerable adults and seniors, immigrants, refugees, the poor,
and the unborn - regardless of race, age, gender, or faith tradition. See the list
of locations and programs listed on our website.
Center for Early Education and Development
The Center for Early Education and Development provides
training services for all professionals who work with families including, but not
limited to, the fields of child care, parent education, early education, special
education, nursing, social work, psychology, child protection, and adoption. In
addition, we provide training services to parent groups, corporations, and others
interested in issues related to young children.
Center for Grief, Loss and Transition
The Center for Grief provides specialized therapy and education in the areas
of complicated grief, trauma, and life transition.
Individual, couple and family therapy is offered to children, teens and adults who
have experienced a significant loss due to death or other life experiences. Therapy
is provided by licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers,
professional counselors and graduate student interns.
Center for Neurobehavioral Development
The Center for Neurobehavioral Development is the University of Minnesota's research
center that houses over thirty studies about children's cognitive and neurobehavioral
Children's Success Foundation
The Nurtured Heart Approach for Guiding Intense Behavior Children get so much MORE – more relationship, more intense relationship – when things are going wrong. This is the foundational error in traditional ways of parenting and school discipline. The Nurtured Heart Approach will bring you to understand how your best efforts may actually fuel the fire of challenging behavior – and how to make simple shifts that will change everything.
Children and Adults
with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, (CHADD)
CHADD is a non-profit support and information organization
working to educate and support families with children who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD.
A free email newsletter, national conference, monthly meetings and support are available
Children's Dental Services (CDS)
Provides dental services for children, birth to 18, regardless of family income.
The non-profit community dental clinic has satellite locations throughout the metro
area. CDS accepts all forms of medical assistance and Assured Access. Families may
qualify for free or reduced-cost care through a sliding fee scale.
Children's Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America with
particular attention paid to the needs of poor and minority children and those with
Children's Law Center of Minnesota (CLC)
CLC is comprised of volunteer staff, social workers, and attorneys. Their main
objective is to represent foster care children in court. By working closely with
the courts, governments agencies, and social service organizations to change policies
CLC is making sure "children's voices are heard".
CLC promotes the rights and interests of Minnesota's children, especially children
of color and children with disabilities, in the judicial, child welfare, health
care and education systems.
Children's Mental Health Collaboratives
Children's mental health collaboratives were established by the 1993
Minnesota Legislature in recognition that children with severe emotional
disturbances or who are at risk of such disturbances often require services
from multiple service systems. No single agency can assume the
responsibility for the provision of services and in order for the services
provided to be effective, non-duplicative and non-fragmented, a network of
child-serving agencies in which the family was a full partner was needed.
The latest directory can be found at:
Children's Therapeutic Services and Support Certified Providers
CUB's focus is on birthparents, the forgotten people of the adoption community.
They welcome adoptees, adoptive parents, and professionals to support meetings held
on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.
often referred to as Camp Confidence, provides year-round services for persons with
developmental disabilities, specializing in recreation and outdoor education.
Disability Linkage Line
provided by the Minnesota Department of Human Services, is a free statewide information
and referral resource for all disability-related questions.
1-866-333-2466, Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Early Childhood Family Education
ECFE is available through most school districts to provide multiple resources
in raising children. Aside from classes for pre-school through kindergarten-aged
children and their parents or caregivers, ECFE offers school readiness programs,
early childhood screening, and many other services. Call your local school district
for more information or www.ecfe.info
Early Childhood Screening (Screen 3)
Screen 3 provides FREE Early Childhood Screening
Provides health and learning assessments for children, aged 3, residing in Minneapolis
School District. Also can be done for ages 4 and 5. (Minnesota State Law requires
all children to be screened before entering kindergarten.)
Minneapolis Public Schools
Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA)
A support network for adoptive families with children from the former Soviet Union.
Mission statement: Building Strong Families, Vital Communities and Capable Children.
Family Partnership is an agency with 125 years of experience working with families and children.
Family Partnership staff currently work in more than 60 schools and 850 homes across the metro
area, with the lowest sliding fee scale for counseling in the area.
The Family Achievement Center is dedicated to improving
the lives of those who face physical and developmental challenges, providing specialized
therapy programs for children and adults.
Family Attachment and Counseling Center
Our mission is to promote the growth and healthy functioning of individuals
and families through professional guidance and direction. We offer a full range
of mental health services, with a special emphasis on services for children.
Check out the club just for foster kids at www.fosterclub.com
Includes articles about famous foster kids (Daunte Culpepper,
Viking quarterback; Charlotte Lopez, Miss Teen
USA; Eddie Murphy, comedian).
Offers activities, message boards, Q&A column, advice for youth in foster
Child and Family Center
Fraser offers complete services for children and families with special
needs to help children maximize their potential. Includes early childhood
(0-3 years); special education school; nursery school; extended care program to
age 6;' and respite care. Fraser works with Autism and Pervasive Developmental
Disorders (PDD); children's mental health; neuropsychology and evaluations; speech-language
therapy and occupational therapy.
Friends of the Children Foundation
Their mission is to support children through grants and ongoing support of the Hennepin
County Guardian ad Litem program. Through an application process, the Foundation
provides grants to foster children for services like music lessons, participation
on sports teams, special interest camps and tutoring. Children in the process
of being adopted are eligible until finalization occurs.
Contact the Guardian
ad Litem program for more information at 612-348-6824.
Gillette Children's Specialty
Meets the special health needs of people who have physical and functional disabilities,
with a primary focus on children's and adolescents. Our mission is to help those
we serve realize greater well-being, independence and enjoyment in life.
A leader in providing learning disability education and resources to students,
families and educators in the Twin Cities Community.
Guardian ad Litem Program
Guardian ad Litems are trained advocates for children in care who are appointed
by judges to speak on behalf of the best interests of a child in juvenile court
Half the Sky Foundation
Half the Sky Foundation (named for the Chinese adage "Women hold up half the sky")
was created in 1998 by adoptive families who wished to maintain a tie to China,
their daughters' first home, and who are committed to enriching the lives and enhancing
the prospects for these forgotten children by providing infant nurture and early
childhood education centers inside orphanage walls.
Hennepin County Child Crisis Services Program
Available to provide direct assistance to children and adolescents in Hennepin
County experiencing mental health crisis, and to assist their families and others
who may be caring for or working with such youth, such as foster parents, shelter
staff and school personnel.
Child Crisis Services, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department
Assessment of Hennepin County area community clinics regarding practices and plans
for maternal alcohol screening, development of a manual of "best practices" for
screening, assessment, referral and resources for treatment.
Hennepin County Public Health Department
Raising Healthy Kids is an award-winning community newspaper
column produced by the Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department.
Topics include Healthy Schools; Disease Prevention; New Parents; Nutrition; Tobacco
Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Youth Development.
Hutchinson Medical Center - Pediatrics
Specializes in health issues for intercountry adoptions, specializing in children
who resided in foreign orphanages. Will review medical information including
videotapes and photographs for prospective parents and will provide evaluation of
medical treatment for adopted children upon their arrival in the United States.
Indian Health Board
Inner-city clinic serving primarily Native American patients.
Adoption Clinic-University of Minnesota
The International Adoption Clinic counsels prospective adoptive parents, screens adopted children after arrival, and provides ongoing follow-up and referral.
International Institute of Minnesota
Maintains the Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory (MERD), a compilation of
nearly 800 non-profit organizations engaged in ethnic/nationality services and activities
represents cultural, social/human service, educational, artistic, religious, community
and government programs in our state. For questions regarding citizenship
of adopted children or children to be adopted, contact:
This religious-based organization offers pastoral care and counseling that is sensitive
to the needs of Korean adopted persons. The church bridges the Korean adoptive
community with the Christian church and the greater Korean American community.
Korean Institute of Minnesota
Based in Brooklyn Center, KIM school has Monday and Saturday classes on Korean
culture and language. 651-647-5466
LawHelpMN.org provides answers to legal questions, contact information for legal
aid offices, links to courthouses and local community organizations.
LDA of Minnesota
LDA of Minnesota is a nonprofit agency serving children and adults with ADHD, learning
disabilities, and other learning difficulties. LDA provides ADHD workshops and support
groups, assessments, tutoring, and referrals.
Health Care Programs
From the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services site.
MN Adopt is a non-profit organization committed to permanence for children. They provide
training to prospective families, heighten visibility of children in foster care
and provide continuing education and support those that are influenced by adoption.
Mental Health Association of
Minnesota (list of Support Groups sponsored by MHAM)
The mission of the Mental Health Association of Minnesota is to enhance mental health, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons with mental illnesses.
for Children's Mental Health
MACMH serves children who have emotional/behavioral disorders and their families
across the state. MACMH seeks funding to ensure that their developed programs and
activities continue to serve families who have children with emotional/behavioral
disorders. MACMH can connect you with over 50 parent-support groups, Community
Resource Persons and Parent Liaisons across the state.
Minnesota Fathers &
Families Network is a statewide network of men and women who are building
the profession of fatherhood practitioners and other family support service providers,
increasing public awareness of fatherhood involvement, and strengthening Minnesota's
families through the increased involvement of fathers in the lives of children.
They publish a quarterly newsletter,
View Archived Newsletters.
Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Publications and Factsheets
Fathers' Adoption Registry
The Fathers' Adoption Registry is a record of putative fathers who voluntarily
register any time before their child's birth or within 30 days of the birth. It
applies to children born on January 1, 1998 or later, but not before then. If adoption
proceedings begin for the child, and if the father has placed his name on the registry,
the court can find the father so he can participate in the adoption proceedings.
Any birthfather who believes that he may be the father of a child, and who wishes
to receive notice of the child's adoption, must register with the Minnesota Fathers'
If a man wishes to veto an adoption plan or otherwise assert parental rights to
a child, he must:
File a paternity action within 30 days after his child's birth or
If he is registered, after getting a father's adoption registry notice, he must
begin a paternity action within 30 days
If a man does not register within 30 days of the child's birth and still wishes
to register, he must prove that it was impossible for him to register and that the
impossibility was not his fault
Information included in the registry or claim:
Name, address, social security number, date of birth of putative father and birth
If applicable, certified copy of court order adjudicating putative father to be
Child's name, gender, place of birth or anticipated date of birth
Other information deemed necessary
To register with the Minnesota Fathers' Adoption Registry, a father must fill out
a written registration
form, sign it and return it to the Registry (in person or by mail). There
is no registration fee.
Registration forms and
instructions are available at this site or by contacting:
The Minnesota Deafblind Project, in collaboration with other state and non-profit
agencies, will provide support, training and technical assistance to families and
teams who work with infants, toddlers, and youth with deafblindness throughout the
state. This will result in improved outcomes for children and youth with deafblindness
and their families to live fulfilling lives. Major Activities: 1. Provide technical
assistance to school teams, including parents and administrators. 2. Support families
by providing training and information that enhance the role of parents as informed
partners and active participants in the education of their children. 3. Enhance
state and local capacity and facilitate the achievement of systemic change to improve
services and results for children who are Deafblind. 4. Coordinate and collaborate
with federal, state and local partners. 5. Maintain needs assessment, dissemination,
child change and evaluation data.
Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
Outreach clinics are a traditional component of the MCSHN (pronounced
"mission") program. These clinics provide quality medical and
rehabilitation assessments for children with suspected or diagnosed
special health needs. The clinics serve to complement area health care
and are located in communities where these services are not available.
MCSHN clinics are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists
with pediatric expertise.
of Human Services-Deaf and Hard of Hearing Regional Offices
The Minnesota Department of Human Services statewide Deaf and Hard of Hearing regional
offices provide information and referral, direct client assistance, and consultation
and training to service providers. Each office has demonstration kits of adaptive
equipment such as TTY's with large visual displays, assistive listening devices
and vibrating wake-up alarms. The Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program,
housed in each regional office, offers long-term loans of assistive telephone equipment
including TTY's with large visual display, amplified phones with large number pads,
and brailling TTY's to those that qualify. Regional offices are located in St. Paul,
Bemidji, Virginia, St. Peter, St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Rochester, and Duluth.
Minnesota Legal Services
Protection and advocacy agency for persons with developmental disabilities.
Minnesota Governor's Council on
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities offers FREE e-education
to help increase independence, productivity, self-determination, integration, and
inclusion for children with developmental disabilities and their families.
Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
Provides information and support for Native American women, including chemical dependency
programs, library, training, and employment opportunities.
Minnesota Life College
Located in Richfield, offering a 2-4 year post-secondary, life skills training program
for young adults with learning disabilities.
Minnesota March of Dimes
Has information on family support groups as well as material on FASD.
Minnesota Organization on
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
Statewide collaborative organization whose mission is to foster problem solving
with state and community agencies working on issues related to FASD. MOFAS develops
a coordinated approach to prevention and intervention activities with FASD and associated
secondary disabilities. Website features: Minnesota organization information, events,
opportunities; directory of regional service providers; national USA directory of
FASD support groups, treatment and diagnosis. Guidelines of care for persons with
Minnesota State-Wide FASD Assessment Clinic
International Adoption Clinic
516 Delaware St SE0
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Minnesota Governor's Council on
The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities offers FREE e-education
to help increase independence, productivity, self-determination, integration, and
inclusion for children with developmental disabilities and their families including:
This Yahoo group is for Minnesota GLBT families parenting children who were adopted
from Guatemala. Families from surrounding states may also join. Join to stay in
contact with families similar to each other, to discuss all matters related to raising
adopted children from Guatemala, and to plan family get-togethers and discussions.
Minnesota Kinship Caregivers Association
not-for-profit organization, advocates for, supports,
and provides information and resources to people raising their grandchildren or
children of other kin and friends.
Minnesota Life College
Located in Richfield, offering a 2-4 year post-secondary, life skills training
program for young adults with learning disabilities.
on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFASD)
MOFASD offers Project SOS, an education and outreach program designed
for individuals who have been diagnosed with FASD and their families. A parent-driven,
child-centered program, Project SOS works to strengthen relationships between families
and schools by building partnerships, providing resources and improving the education
system for children with FASD.
The Minnesota Prevention
Resource Center (MPRC)
A project of the Minnesota Institute of Public Health (MIPH) promotes the public
health and prevents the problems caused by substance abuse. This includes tobacco
and drug use, underage alcohol use and the misuse of alcohol by adults.
Minnesota Recovery Schools
Minnesota Recovery Schools offer students an alternative to public
schools where their risk of relapse increases after completing a
drug/alcoholic treatment program. As a leading state for prevention
and treatment for alcoholism and drug addiction, Minnesota offers
the highest number of recovery schools in the nation.
West Twin Cities
The Family Music Center offers mixed-age music and movement classes for children
(infants to 5-year-olds) along with their parents or care-givers in 10 different
Twin Cities metro locations. The Center publishes a Family Music Center Newsletter
with articles such as The Mozart Effect for Children.
Native American Community Clinic
The Native American Community Clinic focuses on serving
the primary care health needs of people in the metro area Native American community.
Located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, this MHP network clinic offers
a full range of family practice and pediatric services. It also provides education
and wellness services. The clinic is staffed by four highly regarded medical professionals
who have more than 65 years of experience providing health care to Native Americans.
Services include: General Health Care, Women's Health Care, Pediatric Care Services,
Teen Care Services, Adult Care Services, Elder Care Services
NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
Listing of Minnesota resources and family support groups
North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
A resource for adoption throughout North America, NACAC shares information about
special needs adoption, adoption subsidies, adoption support and preservation, adoptive
and foster parent recruitment, child welfare system reform, concurrent planning,
parent group development, and transracial/transcultural parenting. NACAC also supports
adoptive families, holds an annual conference, and promotes adoption awareness.
The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of
life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on
the concept of parents helping parents.
PFLAG Twin Cities
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays
Partners in Policymaking
A leadership training program designed for adults with disabilities and for parents
of young children with disabilities. The program teaches leadership skills, and
the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other
individuals who make the policy decisions about services that you and your family
REACH-Key Health Alliance
REACH, A Center for Recreation Education Advocacy Counseling Health, specializes
in helping those with developmental disabilities and their families. Provides
programs for children/youth, transition services for young adults and a newsletter.
Formerly West Hennepin Community Services, Inc.
Resource Training & Solutions
An organization that offers practical parenting training
Provides residential services, in-home supports, independent, and respite and crisis
services. Also provides case management, advocacy, behavioral consultation and training.
952.922.6776 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
RESOLVE is a national organization of support, information and advocacy
for people struggling to build a family and for professionals working with infertile
people. RESOLVE's mission is to provide timely, compassionate support
and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness
of infertility issues through advocacy and public education.
This membership-based organization offers monthly meetings, annual conferences,
factsheets, newsletters, support groups and more.
Resource Centers for Fathers & Families
Programs are designed to create and enhance the role of father in full parenthood
and full partnership in parenting their children. Parenting Classes; Support
Groups for Fathers; Anger Management Courses; Step Parenting Course for Couples
Senior LinkAge LineŽ
For grandparents and other kinship caregivers
Call for community resources
800-333-2433 Free Helpline
Success In Motion: Occupational Therapy for Kids
St. David's Center for Child &
Movement therapy to help the "out-of-sync child" move successfully through a complex
The have five main program areas: Early Childhood Education; Pediatric
Therapies; Mental Health Services; Early Intervention & Support; and
Community Special Needs Services.
Therapy for Me!, Inc.
This outpatient sensory-based pediatric clinic specializes in treating Autism Spectrum
Disorders, Expressive, Receptive, or Pragmatic/Social Language Disorders, Attention
Deficit Disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Sensory Processing Deficits, Feeding
and Oral Motor Difficulties, Articulation Delays/Disorders and other congenital
disorders and physical disabilities through individual treatment plans, home programs,
and school consultations.
A resource center that strives to improve the well-being of individuals, families,
and communities affected by alcohol and drug-related birth defects. Provides family
support, research and training, crime prevention, advocacy, education and intervention.
University of Minnesota's
Children, Youth, and Family Consortium
This site offers electronic clearinghouse, discussion groups, and policy information
concerning Children, Youth and Family.
University of Minnesota Extension Service
As a major educational outlet for the University of Minnesota, this web site
provides statewide community resources for families including regional extension
offices, workshops and e-learning, a media library and more.
Guide to Paternity, Custody and Parenting Time in Minnesota
This 30-page guide booklet is designed to help fathers get background information
about family law. (PDF Format 1 MB)
West Metro Learning Connections, Inc.
A center for social communication and interaction skill development and support.
Serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions.
Wilder Foundation operates more than 100
programs that serve more than 50,000 people and more than 500
organizations each year. Services include residential treatment for
children with severe mental health, emotional and/or behavioral
issues; group therapy programs for youth exhibiting violent
behaviors and a juvenile day reporting program to help youth
involved with the juvenile court system develop success-oriented
Americans with Disabilities Act,
U.S. Department of Justice ADA
Hennepin County Aging & Disability Services Services
with Disabilities Education Act, IDEA Partners
on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
Minnesota Children with Special Needs
Minnesota Department of Human Services
Minnesota Health Care Facilities Programs
Living Services by County
Council on Developmental Disabilities
Minnesota Office of the Ombudsman for Mental
Health and Mental Retardation
Minnesota State Council on Disability
Minnesota State Legislature
U.S. Department of Education, Office
of Special Education Programs
page updated August 2013