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Pre-Adopt Education Classes

MN families who want to adopt Minnesota Waiting Children may complete their pre-adoption education classes through Children’s Home Society. This is a requirement to work with a PPAI (no-fee) adoption agency. Families who plan to use a county, tribal or non-PPAI adoption agency are welcome to attend, and should verify first that this training will qualify for their process. While some families will have selected their agency prior to this training, information will be provided about all of the PPAI (no-fee) agencies.

Children’s Home Society offers a pre-adoption (online during the Covid pandemic) series 20-24 times a year at various locations throughout the state.  Click here to see a schedule and/or register for an upcoming training.

Families who complete the pre-adopt education classes can choose to work with one of the five PPAI (no fee) agencies, a private (for fee) agency or their county, if they provide adoption services.

    • Click here to find the contact information for your county family services department. Ask them any questions you have about the foster care, concurrent planning and/or adoption programs they have.
    • Click here to find information about the Public/Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI) agencies who are contracted with Minnesota’s Department of Human Services to facilitate the adoption process for those adopting through the Minnesota Waiting Children Program (commonly referred to as foster care adoption).
    • You may also call private child-placement agencies who are licensed by the State of Minnesota and are involved with permanency planning for children.  Be sure to ask them about fees involved in the process.
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