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Pre-Adopt Education Classes

If you are interested in adopting Minnesota’s Waiting Children, please note the following change for starting the adoption process!

MN families who want to begin the adoption process for Minnesota Waiting Children may complete their pre-adoption education classes through Children’s Home Society, regardless of the agency, tribal agency or county you plan to work with.  While some families will have selected their homestudy 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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