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 a 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.
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 foster parents, was borne out of a collective concern of the trauma experienced by Minnesota foster children from multiple out-of-home placements, which often were long term, with no collective goal or advocacy systems in place for reunification, kinship placement or adoption. Most of these children lived with temporary, non-kin families until they reached the age of emancipation, at which time they ‘aged-out’ (i.e. became no longer eligible for foster care) and experienced heightened risks for homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and chemical dependency.Read more
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 help find permanency resources and to help bring attention to this underrepresented population. This was a huge step forward for child placing agencies and counties across the State to strengthen their collaboration and advocacy effects on behalf of these children. This initiative was so successful that in 1982 the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) awarded MN ADOPT the state contract to maintain the State Adoption Exchange to help find families for Minnesota’s waiting children.Read more
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 media. This relationship resulted in various media features focusing on Minnesota’s waiting children, such as Thursday’s Child. This broader scale promotion helped bring awareness of the experiences of Minnesota’s waiting children and the need for adoptive and foster families into the homes of Minnesotans. This collaboration continues to this day and includes the widely popular Twin Cities Live segment, Kid ConnectionRead more
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 adoption community simply as MARN. During this time frame MARN focused on advocating for the Minnesota adoption community through the various supportive services it offered, as well as overall internal organizational development.Read more
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 SAE, continues to this day to be a strong recruitment and educational tool for prospective adoptive parents and adoption workers. To learn more about this program, please visit https://www.mnadopt.org/meet-the-kids/Read more
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 Adoption Support and Preservation, became commonly referred to in the adoption community as MN ASAP. Through MN ASAP, MN ADOPT collaborated closely with the North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC) to offer Minnesota Adoption Support and Preservation resources, referrals, training, and support groups to adoptive families in Minnesota. While the MN ASAP contract ended in 2009, both MN ADOPT and NACAC would go on to separately provide complementary post adoption services to the Minnesota adoption community.Read more
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 services. This contract, which was known as the MN ADOPT contract, included maintaining the State Adoption Exchange as well as the exciting task of creating an educational program which provides specific adoption-focused training opportunities to the Minnesota adoption and foster care community. The addition of this new educational program was the first opportunity MARN staff had to offer the community…Read more
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 a nationally unique program focused on providing post-adoption clinical support…Read more
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 to the different names associated with the supports available through MARN, in 2014 the decision was made to change the organization name MARN to MN ADOPT. With a mission “to promote and support successful adoptions for Minnesota children and families”. MN ADOPT is not a child placing agency, but partners with agencies, counties, and the State of Minnesota to: Inform, recruit and educate prospective families; Provide continuing education, advocacy and support to people whose lives are impacted by adoptions, and; Heighten the visibility of children in foster care systems who are in need of permanent familiesRead more