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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 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.

1980

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…

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1982

1982

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…

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1983

1983

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…

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1992

1992

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…

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1998

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…

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1999

1999

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…

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2009

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…

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2011

2011

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…

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2014

2014

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…

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