STARTING THE ADOPTION PROCESS
Once you’ve made the decision to further explore what it means to adopt one of Minnesota’s waiting children, the following information, links and contacts will help get started with your process.
Contact MN ADOPT
We’re here to answer your questions!
While our goal is to provide comprehensive and detailed information on our website, we understand that adoption and foster care can be a complex process and that families sometimes have individualized needs or questions they want to discuss. Our staff is happy to take time to answer your questions so you can be assured you have the correct information you need to begin your process.
Contact a Private Agency
In Minnesota, if you work with one of the five agencies (PPAI Agencies) contracted by the State to assist families adopting from foster care, you will not incur any adoption-related fees. Additionally, there are agencies not contracted with the State that provide services to families adopting from foster care, but there will likely be a fee to you for their services.
Contact Your County Agency
While every county in Minnesota works with families who want to provide foster care to a child as a temporary resource, not all counties work with families wishing to adopt from foster care. If you’re primary interest it to become an adoptive parent, you will want to verify with your county of residence if they can assist you with this process.
Whether you choose to work through a county or private agency, attending a general information meeting will be a required first step. The below links will take you to listings of both private and county agencies, their adoption training and orientation schedules, and a list of questions to guide your first conversations with a county or agency.
Department of Human Services Fact Sheets: The following documents are available from the Minnesota Department of Human Services and provide information and statistics on topics related to adoption and foster care.
- Adoption and Concurrent Permanency Planning (PDF) (October 2016)
- Northstar Care for Children: Encouraging safe, permanent homes for children (PDF) (October 2016)
- Adoption: Finding families for Minnesota’s waiting children (PDF) (October 2016)
- Adoption information, support, training and referral for families (PDF) (October 2016)
- Concurrent Permanency Planning: Reducing time in foster care (PDF) (October 2016)