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Adoption is a life long process...

…and the need for support and guidance does not end when the adoption is finalized.  There are some crucial steps that a family must take after the adoption is finalized in order to receive the correct documentation and service coverage for their child. There are also many services and resources available to families after placement and finalization of an adoption. The information on this page will help guide you through this process and give you a basic overview of the post adoption services and resources that may be available to your family.


The following are activities that the family must complete after finalization in order to ensure correct documentation and continuation of medical coverage.


When a child is legally adopted, a new birth certificate is created with the child’s new name (if applicable) and the adoptive parent(s) names. An application for this new birth certificate is part of the court finalization process. The county where your adoption was finalized should have submitted this application to the Minnesota Department of Health.

Please note that it can take several months for the new birth certificate to be issued.  If you contact the Minnesota Department of health directly at 651.201.5970.


Once you receive your child’s new birth certificate you will be able to apply for a new social security number or request a name change to the current social security number. This needs to be done in person, and if the child is over the age of 12 he or she will also need to be present. Documentation you will need for this process includes a certified copy of the adoption decree, the child’s birth certificate and a photo ID.

If you live in the Twin Cities metro area you will need to apply for your child’s social security card at the Twin Cities Social Security office located at:

1811 Chicago Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Hours: 9:00am – 3:30 pm Monday through Friday

If you live outside the metro area, you can use the following link to look up the social security office closest to you: Social Security Office Lookup . You can also call the Social Security Administration’s toll free number at 800.772.1213 to get the address of the office closest to you.


There are a wide variety of services available to meet the varying needs of families and children. Below is a list of some of the most commonly used post adoption services and resources.



You can use the following map to find the crisis number in your area:
State Map Crisis Lines

Metro Children’s Crisis Response Service: 7 COUNTY METRO AREA – 24 hours/day and 365 days/year
Services Provided:

  • Crisis intervention, triage and counseling by phone or in-person.
  • Deescalation of the situation and assessment of risk of harm to self or others.
  • Development of a plan for managing the current crisis and reducing future crises.
  • Short term care to help with transition to on-going treatment
  • Consultations on children’s mental health crises to hospitals, community providers and law enforcement.

Crisis Connection – A statewide crisis counseling hotline.  Phones are answered 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Services are free.

1-866-379-6363 (statewide)
612-379-6377 (TDD)

United Way 211 formerly (First Call for Help®) – Provides statewide information and referral services as well as online database of service providers. Phones are answered 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. Services are free.

211 (metro area) or 651-291-0211


HELP Program services are free and available to any Minnesota family who adopted through state or tribal guardianship; internationally; or through private domestic infant adoption.

Services of the program include:

  • Phone based support from professionals whose focus and specialty is adoption.
  • Support, guidance and referrals to resources tailored to the situation.
  • Assistance in identifying and accessing appropriate therapeutic options based on the caller’s need. (if applicable)
  • *Possible financial assistance for eligible therapeutic services when financial barriers are present.

* Must be a Minnesota resident family with a finalized adoption. Additional guidelines apply – please call 612-746-5137 to learn more.


MN ADOPT HELP Program staff can also assist:

  • Adoption and Home Study Workers
  • County Workers and Case Managers
  • Community Professionals (i.e. School Staff, Medical Staff, Lawyers…etc.)
  • Adopted Persons
  • Birth/First Parents and Family Members
  • Kinship Adoptive Families
  • Foster Families

HELP Program staff are deeply invested in the well-being of all those touched by adoption!


There are various services and organizations in the community that are there to support adoptive families on an ongoing basis from many angles depending on the unique set of issues that each family may be experiencing.

Children’s Mental Health Services – Case Management through your county of residence
Whether a family adopted a child from Minnesota foster care, through a private infant adoption, or from another country – if the child has emotional and behavioral disturbances, they may qualify for Children’s Mental Health Case Management through the current county of residence. These services can help develop a treatment plan and crisis/safety plan; provide referral to community resources; create a support team of family and professionals; and assist parents in best advocating for their child’s mental health needs.

Parents need to connect with their county’s Children’s Mental Health unit on their services and the details of all eligibility requirements including proper diagnostic assessment and the child qualifying for and obtaining Medical Assistance.
*Children who receive Children’s Mental Health Case Management services must qualify for and obtain Medical Assistance. Children who were not adopted from foster care and do not already have Medical Assistance, but have mental health disabilities may be eligible for Medical Assistance through a program called TEFRA (qualification for TEFRA does not depend on family income). For more information on TEFRA, call 651-266-3692 or go to this link to learn more: TEFRA

NACAC – North American Council on Adoptable Children

NCTSN – National Child Traumatic Stress Network

Comprehensive resource page and links for parents on understanding trauma, how parents can help, links to specialized and researched treatments and other various resources

MOFASMinnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

MOFAS understands the challenges families living with an FASD face. Connect to family-centered activities, classes, support groups and community resources.

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (MN Chapter)

NAMI Minnesota offers education, support and advocacy. NAMI Minnesota vigorously promotes the development of community mental health programs and services, improved access to services, increased opportunities for recovery, reduced stigma and discrimination, and increased public understanding of mental illness. NAMI Minnesota offers more than 500 free classes and presentations and over 60 support groups each year, and was recently recognized with prestigious national and state awards for its advocacy successes.

ARC of Minnesota

The Arc Minnesota provides statewide leadership – to affiliated chapters of The Arc across Minnesota, to other disability organizations, and throughout the disability community – in addressing public policy issues that impact people with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families at the local, state, and national levels. Local Arc Chapters work within their defined service area to provide direct advocacy and support to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families.

PACER – Champions for Children with Disabilities –

PACER provides individual assistance, workshops, publications, and other resources to help families make decisions about education and other services for their child or young adult with disabilities.

Wrightslaw – Special Education Law and

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.


There are many educational resources for families, which provide information, tools and resources to create opportunities for successful parenting. Many of the trainings are free, low cost or scholarships may be available. The following are resources to help you explore educational opportunities that may be a fit for your specific needs.

MN ADOPT has a training calendar which lists MN ADOPT hosted trainings and webinars, as well as trainings throughout the community and recorded webinars for purchase.

NACAC North American Council on Adoptable Children – offers various trainings and webinars

CASECenter for Adoption Support and Education – National adoption support organization that offers low cost (sometimes free!) webinars, books and fact sheets.

Fact Sheets



NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (MN Chapter)

Classes NAMI offers different classes for Families of Children & Adolescents, Families of Adult Children, Professionals, for Children & Adolescents, for the Community and for Professionals

Free Fact Sheets

Booklets – Youth Mental Health Crisis and Stabilization

Mental Health Crisis Planning for Children (May 2014) – Learn to recognized, manage, prevent and plan for your child’s mental health crisis.

 Juvenile Justice: Advocating for a Child with a Mental Illnesses (March 2014) – Answers questions such as: What if my child is sent to a juvenile detention center? What does my child’s attorney need to know? What can I expect in court?  How can I help my child prepare to leave a correctional or treatment facility? How should I handle a mental health crisis? What do I need to know about calling law enforcement

 Children’s Psychiatric Hospitalization (June 2013) – What you need to know when a child is hospitalized

Keeping Families Together – A resource guide for families to understand intensive treatment options for children with mental illnesses

ATN – Attachment & Trauma Network, Inc. – dedicated to providing traumatized children and their families with information about the resources available to help them on their road to healing. (webinars, books, support tools, free stuff)

PACER Center – Champions for Children with Disabilities Free workshops, webinars, publications

MOFASMinnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Educated caregivers make great advocates.  And since you are your child’s most important advocate, MOFAS offers ongoing opportunities to come together and learn about FASD in an informal and supportive setting. Find all upcoming classes including the Hand in Hand series and webinars on the MOFAS Calendar.

ARC of Minnesota
ACR offers trainings and presentations on a variety of topics.


Respite means getting a break from the responsibilities of being a parent. Whether for a few hours or several days, respite care provides caregivers with needed relief and is an essential survival tool. Respite enhances resiliency, and resilient families are better able to handle the challenges that comes with parenting a child who has special needs.

See the MN ADOPT web site for a list of respite care providers in Minnesota. Depending on your situation, you may be able to make use of other resources for respite care including family or other individuals of your choice. Contact your adoption agency or county for further information on other respite care options.

Contact the National Respite Locator Service to search for respite programs in all fifty states.


Minnesota has a strong community of support for adoptive families. Some of the groups that exist are geared toward adoptive parents, kinship adoption, adopted teens/youth, adult adoptees, multicultural adoption, and those in the search and reunion process. For a comprehensive list of support groups and resources in Minnesota and nationally, please visit MN ADOPT’s support group resource page.


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