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Knowledgeable, experienced guidance before, during, and after adoption, kinship, or foster care placement is an important aspect to the well-being and stability of families. Studies have consistently shown that appropriate support, and early therapeutic intervention (if applicable), can make positive differences in the lives of children, teens, and parents.

Adoptive, foster and kinship parents often report that their greatest need when caring for a child is locating, and utilizing, mental health services from a practitioner who really understands the deep nuances of trauma, attachment, and adoption/permanency considerations. In addition, parents often identify the need for having a centralized, knowledgeable, objective resource that can help them walk through strategies and next steps tailored to their unique situation.

The MN ADOPT HELP Program fills all of these needs while partnering with therapists across the state of Minnesota who have the background, education and practice focus necessary to help those touched by adoption, foster care, and kinship care to connect, heal and thrive.

Why Individuals/Families Contact the HELP Program

Why Community Professionals Contact the HELP Program

Resources for Professionals

Toll-Free: 1.855.670.HELP or 612.746.5137

If you are interested in exploring a list of current HELP Program connected therapists, please visit:

Attention Community Professionals:

Have you felt at a loss on how best to support families and individuals who are touched by adoption, foster care or kinship care?

Could you benefit from consultation, resources, and referrals specific to enhance the support you provide to adoptive, kinship caregivers, and foster families?

If so, give the HELP Program a call!
Toll-Free: 1.855.670.HELP or 612.746.5137

HELP Program Staff welcome the opportunity to assist you in whatever way possible. Examples of support can include:

  • Objective, confidential case consultation
  • Referrals to applicable community services
  • Therapeutic referrals for clients
  • Information on educational opportunities (both for professionals and families)
  • HELP Program In-service presentations for teams on adoption/permanency considerations and MN ADOPT services
  • Ongoing, FREE, easily-accessible support

We also encourage you to explore the Resources for Professionals page!


If you are a therapist working with adoptive, foster and kinship families, we encourage you to learn more about the MN ADOPT HELP Program’s Therapist Network. Inclusion in the HELP Program state-wide network opens possibilities for, amongst others:

  • Inclusion in a state-wide, select community of experienced clinicians (with option of being included on the MN ADOPT Therapist Resource Webpage).
  • Potential financial assistance for adoptive, foster and kinship families experiencing financial barriers in receiving needed therapeutic services from you not covered by insurance and/or for families who have gaps in coverage. – Specific guidelines apply. Call 612-746-5137 to learn more.
  • Information and access to specific trainings geared at professionals and/or caregivers on various topics.
  • Direct and informal referrals from the HELP Program directly to your practice based on your identified practice focus and treatment modalities used.

If you are interested in learning more about partnering with the MN ADOPT HELP Program, please contact Kelly Heagle, HELP Program Specialist at 612-746-5138.

We also encourage you to explore the Resources for Professionals page.


HELP Podcast Series

“Our adoptive families are appreciative of the services from the MN ADOPT HELP program. The workers in this program are quick to respond with options and ideas which help the adoptive parents locate services, education and supports.”
– Agency Social Worker

“I think what the HELP Program does is a model program and one of the best I have been involved in.”
– HELP Program Connected Therapist



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