About MN ADOPT
MN ADOPT supports Minnesota’s adoptive, foster, and kinship families and the professionals who work in these communities.
Since 1980, MN ADOPT’s mission has been to find and strengthen Minnesota adoptive, foster & kinship families. This mission is accomplished through a multitude of supportive and educational resources available to the adoption community, including:
The Zero Kids Waiting (ZKW) Program is the gateway for information about adoption and foster care in Minnesota, as well as recruitment and raising awareness. The ZKW team manages an information & referral line which responds to foster care, kinship, and adoption-related questions. They also manage the State Adoption Exchange, a matching tool that is used to connect Minnesota children under State Guardianship with adoptive families.
The Education program at MN ADOPT provides expert educational opportunities specific to kinship, foster care, and adoption. The Education team works closely with social workers, who can request specific topics provided through our FosterEd program. These workshops are geared toward licensed foster families. In addition, they offer AdoptEd workshops which are live, and pre-recorded webinars alike for foster & adoptive families, foster & adoption workers, mental health, and school professionals across the state.
Learn all about the Education program here.
MN ADOPT’s HELP Program consists of a team of professionals who offer free, expert support and guidance supporting permanency in all its forms (adoption, kinship/guardianship, and foster care). The HELP team runs a “warm-line” for families and professionals looking for resources.
The HELP team’s Post-Adoption Navigator proactively reaches out to families who’ve adopted in the state of Minnesota in the past year and offers resources. Possible financial assistance, educational opportunities, and access to our professionally vetted Therapist Network are just a few
of the resources this program can help with.
In the state of Minnesota, adoption records are considered confidential. When someone has a question about their own adoption records, MN ADOPT has a dedicated staff person to help get started with that process. The Post-Search program finds the placing agency, with a telephone number, and a contact person for next steps. This program reduced the previous wait time for these inquiries from about 2 years to approximately 30 days or less.
History of MN ADOPT
Creating permanency, empowering families.
Since 1980, MN ADOPT has been focused on the goal of ensuring that every Minnesota child grows up in a safe and nurturing family. Although our programming has evolved, our focus on finding homes for children and providing quality post adoption services has remained consistent. Below are some of the historical highlights of our organizational growth and program development.
Organization Established under the name Citizen’s Coalition on Permanence for Children The MN ADOPT organization was founded in 1980 under the name Citizen’s Coalition on Permanence for Children. This founding group, which included a mix of advocacy-minded adoptive and foster parents, was borne out of a collective concern about the trauma experienced by Minnesota foster children. Multiple out-of-home placements, which often were long term, were the norm. With no collective goal or advocacy systems in…Read more
First State Contract Awarded It was in this same year that MN ADOPT staff approached this issue with a creative idea – designing and disseminating a magazine photo listing of Minnesota’s Waiting Children which was distributed statewide in order to help find permanency resources and to help bring attention to this underrepresented population. This was a huge step forward for child placing agencies and counties across the State to strengthen their collaboration and advocacy effects…Read more
Beginning of Ongoing Collaboration with Local Media In 1983, MN ADOPT began a professional collaboration with KSTP, a large, local media station, whose leadership also felt called to action to advocate for this vulnerable population through the reach of their media. This relationship resulted in various media features focusing on Minnesota’s waiting children, such as the television feature, Thursday’s Child. This broader scale promotion helped bring awareness of the experiences of Minnesota’s waiting children and…Read more
Organizational Rebranding: Citizen’s Coalition on Permanence for Children changes its name to Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN) In 1992 the Citizens’ Coalition on Permanence for Children changed its operational name to Minnesota Adoption Resource Network, commonly referred to within the adoption community simply as MARN. During this time frame MARN focused on advocating for the Minnesota adoption community through the various supportive services it offered, as well as overall internal organizational development.Read more
State Adoption Exchange (SAE) Expands into the Digital Age MN ADOPT received additional funding to expand the State Adoption Exchange into an online based, recruitment tool for Minnesota’s Waiting Children. The State Adoption Exchange, commonly referred to simply as the SAE, continues to this day to be a strong recruitment and educational tool for prospective adoptive parents and adoption workers.Read more
Collaborative Post-Adoption Services Contract Awarded – MN ASAP In 1999 the Minnesota Department of Human Services contracted with MN ADOPT to establish a new state program focused on providing Minnesota post-adoption supportive services. This program, whose full title was Minnesota Adoption Support and Preservation, became commonly referred to in the adoption community as MN ASAP. Through MN ASAP, MN ADOPT collaborated closely with the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) to offer Minnesota Adoption…Read more
Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN) Awarded Another State Contract to Provide Specific Post-Adoption Support Services Through its strong track record of providing beneficial programming, MARN entered into another contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to provide specific post-adoption services. This contract, which was known as the MN ADOPT contract, included maintaining the State Adoption Exchange as well as the exciting task of creating an educational program which provides specific adoption-focused training opportunities to…Read more
MARN Expands Yet Again to Establish the HELP Program Due to the increasing clinical and supportive needs of the adoption community, in 2011 MARN and the Minnesota Department of Human Services extended its contract services to include the establishment of a nationally unique program focused on providing post-adoption clinical support and resource linkage assistance to the Minnesota adoption community. This exciting new initiative was called simply the HELP Program, as its goal was to ‘help’…Read more
Organizational Rebranding Part Two: Minnesota Adoption Resource Network changes its name and rebrands itself to MN ADOPT Having provided immensely popular programming for 5 years under the MN ADOPT contract, and due to the confusion experienced within the community due to the different names associated with the supports available through MARN, in 2014 the decision was made to change the organization name MARN to MN ADOPT with a mission “to promote and support successful adoptions…Read more
2018: MN ADOPT Expands Contract with the Department of Human Services to Include Services for Foster Care and Kinship Communities. Due to legislative changes in 2017, MN ADOPT’s contract with DHS was expanded to add services focused on the Minnesota foster care and kinship communities. While this work was already being done on an informal, limited basis, this contract change increased funding and services available to these communities. With this expanded contract, MN ADOPT added…Read more