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The growing need for safe foster homes

March 25, 2019

Wendylee Raun never planned on being a mother, until she turned 30 and saw a United Way commercial.

Raun’s husband worked at a foster home that was operated by Raun’s parents, so when she mentioned she was considering adoption or fostering, he knew just the child. And when Raun met the sweet 4-year-old girl, she agreed.

“We marched down to Hennepin County and said we want to adopt this girl,” she said.

The county said the odds were against them. It was unlikely they would be a perfect match for this particular child. But after 10 months of waiting, they got the call.

“She asked, ‘Are you ready to be a mom?'” Raun remembers.

The little girl the Rauns fostered, and then adopted, is now 40 and has six children of her own. Wendylee Raun works for MN Adopt, an organization that contracts with the Department of Human Services. The name can be confusing; the agency provides information about adoption as well as foster care…..

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All About Foster Care and Adoption: What the Process Looks like

When: April 8

Time: 7-8:30pm 

Where: Shoreview library
4560 Victoria St N,
Shoreview, Minnesota 55126

The Foster Care system provides a refuge for more than 10,000 children at any given time in Minnesota. Over 800 of whom are waiting to be adopted. Common myths can make the prospect of fostering/adopting more intimidating than it should be. 

A panel of professionals will share the history and myths about Foster Care and Adoption and answer your questions. 

Join us after for some refreshments!

Foster homes needed for thousands of Minnesota children

January 7, 2019
(Report by Kare11 NEWS on the growing need for foster homes in Minnesota due to the growing opioid epidemic)

There is a quiet crisis growing in Minnesota — thousands of children across the state are in desperate need of foster homes.
According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, the number of children needing a foster home has doubled in just the past five years.

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2018 21st Annual Circus of the Heart

Sunday, November 4
1 – 4 pm

Northern Star Scouting Base Camp
6202 Bloomington Road
Fort Snelling, Minnesota, 55111

Join us for the kick-off of Minnesota’s Adoption Awareness Month, honoring families who have grown through adoption, and provide information to those interested in adopting children and youth under state guardianship.
Free celebration and recruitment event!

Arcade and other games * Crafts * Prizes * Mascots
Pony rides * Petting zoo * Clowns * Face and nail painting * Henna art * Refreshments
Fire truck * Reptiles * Photo opportunities * Dance Dance Revolution * Wii Sports

Special activities for teens, including Guitar Hero;
T-shirt, canvas and henna art; and prize drawings.

Information tables staffed by adoption experts.

MN ADOPT provides referrals, education, and support after adoption

February 12, 2016
St. Paul (Monitor newspaper article) — One out of every thirty-five children in the United States is adopted, according to the Donaldson Adoption Institute, a research and policy organization based in New York.

But once a child is adopted, it’s not always rainbows and butterflies. That’s where MN ADOPT, 777 Raymond Ave., comes in……

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