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Pre-Adopt Informational Sessions

If you are interested in adopting Minnesota’s Waiting Children, your first step is to contact specific adoption agencies or your county to learn more about their organization and adoption programs they provide. You will need to attend a pre-adopt information session and an adoption training for the next steps of the process.

    • 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.

Please visit our Adoption Process page to learn more about pre-adopt information sessions, adoption training, home study and foster care licensing.

Trainings Listed by Agency

Anoka County Human Services

2100 3rd Ave Anoka, MN 553037

Area Served: Open to all families

Ampersand Families

2515 Wabash Ave, Suite 150, St. Paul, MN 55114

Area Served: State-wide

Children's Home Society

1605 Eustis St St. Paul, MN 55108

Area served: State-wide

Hennepin County Human Services and Public Health Department, Children’s Service Area

300 South 6th Street, Mail Code 960, Minneapolis, MN 55487

Area served: Hennepin County

Kindred Family Focus

412 Great Oak Drive Waite Park, MN 56387 (see agency's website for other locations)

Area served: State-wide

Lutheran Social Service

1605 Eustis St St. Paul, MN 55108

Area served: State-wide

North Homes Children and Family Services

1303 SE 1st Street Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (see agency's website for other locations)

Area served: Northwest, Northeast and Central Minnesota

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