Adoption and Guardianship Unit: Department of Human Services
The state agency that provides the technical supports when adopting in Minnesota. They provide question and answer booklets, search assistance via a brochure, and general adoption policy.

AKConnection (Adopted Korean Connection)
The mission of AK Connection is to be a resource for adult Korean adoptees by providing information on the website and e-newsletters and to build a supportive community through educational, cultural and social events.

American Indian Family and Children Services
The American Indian Community Advocate assists American Indians residing in the City of Minneapolis. The Advocate helps American Indians access city services and programs.

Anu Family Services
Provides treatment foster care and family-to-family mentoring as a Rule 4 child-placing agency. To become a treatment foster parent, call 1-877-287-2441

Arc Minnesota
Arc Minnesota is a private, non-profit, statewide voluntary organization that is dedicated to ensuring the full participation in their communities of people with developmental disabilities and improving their lives and the lives of their families.

Better Endings New Beginnings
Information for parents and professionals dealing with FASD, adoption and/or foster care. Speaking (high school presentation and workshops), books and newsletter available.

Blue Stem – A Center For Child and Family Development, formerly known as Associates 2000 PA
A multi-specialty neurodevelopmental clinic that offers assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder.

Bullying Prevention
PACER bullying prevention web site helps second through sixth-graders find ways to respond to and to prevent bullying. Includes games, videos with celebrities and real-life kids, cartoons, polls, artwork and much more. Geared for all children, the site includes children with disabilities who can be particularly vulnerable to bullying.

Canvas Health
Provides high-quality, strength-based mental health services throughout the Twin Cities metro area.  Our licensed professionals and experienced practitioners represent a variety of cultural backgrounds and professional disciplines.  Our mission is to be a center of excellence for mental health, chemical health and elder health services that bring hope, healing and recovery to people’s lives.  Canvas Health accepts most forms of insurance payments.

Catholic Charities — Winona
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona is a not-for-profit corporation of the State of Minnesota. The staff and volunteers of Catholic Charities help children, families in crisis, vulnerable adults and seniors, immigrants, refugees, the poor, and the unborn – regardless of race, age, gender, or faith tradition. See the list of locations and programs listed on our website.

Center for Early Education and Development (CEED)
The Center for Early Education and Development provides training services for all professionals who work with families including, but not limited to, the fields of child care, parent education, early education, special education, nursing, social work, psychology, child protection, and adoption. In addition, we provide training services to parent groups, corporations, and others interested in issues related to young children.

Center for Grief, Loss and Transition
The Center for Grief provides specialized therapy and education in the areas of complicated grief, trauma, and life transition.  Individual, couple and family therapy is offered to children, teens and adults who have experienced a significant loss due to death or other life experiences. Therapy is provided by licensed psychologists, marriage and family therapists, social workers, professional counselors and graduate student interns.

Center for Neurobehavioral Development
The Center for Neurobehavioral Development is the University of Minnesota’s research center that houses over thirty studies about children’s cognitive and neurobehavioral functioning.

Children’s Success Foundation
The Nurtured Heart Approach for Guiding Intense Behavior Children get so much MORE – more relationship, more intense relationship – when things are going wrong. This is the foundational error in traditional ways of parenting and school discipline. The Nurtured Heart Approach will bring you to understand how your best efforts may actually fuel the fire of challenging behavior – and how to make simple shifts that will change everything.

Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, (CHADD)
CHADD is a non-profit support and information organization working to educate and support families with children who are diagnosed with ADD/ADHD. A free email newsletter, national conference, monthly meetings and support are available to members.

Children’s Dental Services (CDS)
Provides dental services for children, birth to 18, regardless of family income. The non-profit community dental clinic has satellite locations throughout the metro area. CDS accepts all forms of medical assistance and Assured Access. Families may qualify for free or reduced-cost care through a sliding fee scale.

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)
CDF provides a strong, effective voice for all the children of America with particular attention paid to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

Children’s Law Center of Minnesota (CLC)
CLC is comprised of volunteer staff, social workers, and attorneys. Their main objective is to represent foster care children in court. By working closely with the courts, governments agencies, and social service organizations to change policies CLC is making sure “children’s voices are heard”. CLC promotes the rights and interests of Minnesota’s children, especially children of color and children with disabilities, in the judicial, child welfare, health care and education systems.

Children’s Mental Health Collaboratives
Children’s mental health collaboratives were established by the 1993 Minnesota Legislature in recognition that children with severe emotional disturbances or who are at risk of such disturbances often require services from multiple service systems. No single agency can assume the responsibility for the provision of services and in order for the services provided to be effective, non-duplicative and non-fragmented, network of child-serving agencies in which the family was a full partner was needed.

Children’s Therapeutic Services and Support Certified Providers
CTSS is a flexible package of mental health services for children who require varying therapeutic and rehabilitative levels of intervention.

Civil Rights (Department of), Minneapolis

Concerned United Birthparents-Minnesota
CUB’s focus is on birthparents, the forgotten people of the adoption community. They welcome adoptees, adoptive parents, and professionals to support meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

Confidence Learning Center,
often referred to as Camp Confidence, provides year-round services for persons with developmental disabilities, specializing in recreation and outdoor education.

Early Childhood Family Education (ECFE)
ECFE is available through most school districts to provide multiple resources in raising children. Aside from classes for pre-school through kindergarten-aged children and their parents or caregivers, ECFE offers school readiness programs, early childhood screening, and many other services. Call your local school district for more information or

Early Childhood Screening (Screen 3)
Screen 3 provides FREE Early Childhood Screening
Provides health and learning assessments for children, aged 3, residing in Minneapolis School District. Also can be done for ages 4 and 5. (Minnesota State Law requires all children to be screened before entering kindergarten.)
Minneapolis Public Schools

Families for Russian and Ukrainian Adoption (FRUA)
A support network for adoptive families with children from the former Soviet Union.

Family Partnership
Mission statement: Building Strong Families, Vital Communities and Capable Children. Family Partnership is an agency with 125 years of experience working with families and children. Family Partnership staff currently work in more than 60 schools and 850 homes across the metro area, with the lowest sliding fee scale for counseling in the area.

Family Achievement Center
The Family Achievement Center is dedicated to improving the lives of those who face physical and developmental challenges, providing specialized therapy programs for children and adults.

Family Attachment and Counseling Center of Minnesota
Our mission is to promote the growth and healthy functioning of individuals and families through professional guidance and direction. We offer a full range of mental health services, with a special emphasis on services for children.

Fathers Adoption Registry
The Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry (MFAR) was created by the Minnesota Legislature  to allow possible biological, but not as yet, legal fathers to receive notice of pending adoption proceedings for their children. By registering within 30 days of his child’s birth, a ‘putative’ father ensures that he will be able to participate in the decisions that impact his child. A goal of the Registry is to balance the interests of the mother, child, and father when an adoption plan is being considered. Another goal is to stabilize the adoption process by placing time limits on a putative father’s opportunity to assert his rights.

Fraser Child and Family Center
Fraser offers complete services for children and families with special needs to help children maximize their potential.  Includes early childhood (0-3 years); special education school; nursery school; extended care program to age 6;’ and respite care.  Fraser works with Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD); children’s mental health; neuropsychology and evaluations; speech-language therapy and occupational therapy.

Friends of the Children Foundation
Their mission is to support children through grants and ongoing support of the Hennepin County Guardian ad Litem program.  Through an application process, the Foundation provides grants to foster children for services like music lessons, participation on sports teams, special interest camps and tutoring.  Children in the process of being adopted are eligible until finalization occurs. Contact the Guardian ad Litem program for more information at 612-348-6824.

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare
Meets the special health needs of people who have physical and functional disabilities, with a primary focus on children and adolescents. Our mission is to help those we serve realize greater well-being, independence and enjoyment in life.

Groves Academy
A leader in providing learning disability education and resources to students, families and educators in the Twin Cities Community.

Guardian ad Litem Program
Guardians ad Litem are trained advocates for children in care who are appointed by judges to speak on behalf of the best interests of a child in juvenile court cases.

Half the Sky Foundation
Half the Sky Foundation (named for the Chinese adage “Women hold up half the sky”) was created in 1998 by adoptive families who wished to maintain a tie to China, their daughters’ first home, and who are committed to enriching the lives and enhancing the prospects for these forgotten children by providing infant nurture and early childhood education centers inside orphanage walls.

Hennepin County Child Crisis Services Program
Available to provide direct assistance to children and adolescents in Hennepin County experiencing mental health crisis, and to assist their families and others who may be caring for or working with such youth, such as foster parents, shelter staff and school personnel.

Child Crisis Services, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Indian Health Board
Inner-city clinic serving primarily Native American patients.

Indian Child Welfare, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Information on Indian Child Welfare Services in Minnesota.
Indian Child Welfare Manual

International Adoption Clinic-University of Minnesota
The International Adoption Clinic counsels prospective adoptive parents, screens adopted children after arrival, and provides ongoing follow-up and referral.

International Institute of Minnesota
Maintains the Minnesota Ethnic Resources Directory (MERD), a compilation of nearly 800 non-profit organizations engaged in ethnic/nationality services and activities represents cultural, social/human service, educational, artistic, religious, community and government programs in our state.  For questions regarding citizenship of adopted children or children to be adopted, contact:

Korean Adoptees Ministries
This religious-based organization offers pastoral care and counseling that is sensitive to the needs of Korean adopted persons.  The church bridges the Korean adoptive community with the Christian church and the greater Korean American community.

Korean Institute of Minnesota
Based in Brooklyn Center, KIM school has Monday and Saturday classes on Korean culture and language.  651-647-5466 provides answers to legal questions, contact information for legal aid offices, links to courthouses and local community organizations.

LDA of Minnesota
LDA of Minnesota is a nonprofit agency serving children and adults with ADHD, learning disabilities, and other learning difficulties. LDA provides ADHD workshops and support groups, assessments, tutoring, and referrals.

Managed Care Health Care Programs
From the State of Minnesota Department of Human Services site.

Mental Health Association of Minnesota (list of Support Groups sponsored by MHAM)
The mission of the Mental Health Association of Minnesota is to enhance mental health, promote individual empowerment, and increase access to treatment and services for persons with mental illnesses.

Minnesota Association for Children’s Mental Health
MACMH serves children who have emotional/behavioral disorders and their families across the state. MACMH seeks funding to ensure that their developed programs and activities continue to serve families who have children with emotional/behavioral disorders.  MACMH can connect you with over 50 parent-support groups, Community Resource Persons and Parent Liaisons across the state.

Minnesota Fathers & Families Network is a statewide network of men and women who are building the profession of fatherhood practitioners and other family support service providers, increasing public awareness of fatherhood involvement, and strengthening Minnesota’s families through the increased involvement of fathers in the lives of children.Minnesota Fathers & Families Network Publications and Factsheets

Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry
The Fathers’ Adoption Registry is a record of putative fathers who voluntarily register any time before their child’s birth or within 30 days of the birth. It applies to children born on January 1, 1998 or later, but not before then. If adoption proceedings begin for the child, and if the father has placed his name on the registry, the court can find the father so he can participate in the adoption proceedings.

Any birthfather who believes that he may be the father of a child, and who wishes to receive notice of the child’s adoption, must register with the Minnesota Fathers’ Adoption Registry.
If a man wishes to veto an adoption plan or otherwise assert parental rights to a child, he must:
  • File a paternity action within 30 days after his child’s birth or
  • If he is registered, after getting a father’s adoption registry notice, he must begin a paternity action within 30 days
  • If a man does not register within 30 days of the child’s birth and still wishes to register, he must prove that it was impossible for him to register and that the impossibility was not his fault
Information included in the registry or claim:
  • Name, address, social security number, date of birth of putative father and birth mother
  • If applicable, certified copy of court order adjudicating putative father to be the father
  • Child’s name, gender, place of birth or anticipated date of birth
  • Registration date
  • Other information deemed necessary

Minnesota Deafblind Project
The Minnesota Deafblind Project, in collaboration with other state and non-profit agencies, will provide support, training and technical assistance to families and teams who work with infants, toddlers, and youth with deafblindness throughout the state. This will result in improved outcomes for children and youth with deafblindness and their families to live fulfilling lives. Major Activities: 1. Provide technical assistance to school teams, including parents and administrators. 2. Support families by providing training and information that enhance the role of parents as informed partners and active participants in the education of their children. 3. Enhance state and local capacity and facilitate the achievement of systemic change to improve services and results for children who are Deafblind. 4. Coordinate and collaborate with federal, state and local partners. 5. Maintain needs assessment, dissemination, child change and evaluation data.

Minnesota Children with Special Health Needs (MCSHN)
Outreach clinics are a traditional component of the MCSHN (pronounced “mission”) program. These clinics provide quality medical and rehabilitation assessments for children with suspected or diagnosed special health needs. The clinics serve to complement area health care and are located in communities where these services are not available. MCSHN clinics are staffed by a multidisciplinary team of specialists with pediatric expertise.

Minnesota Department of Human Services-Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Minnesota Department of Human Services statewide Deaf and Hard of Hearing regional offices provide information and referral, direct client assistance, and consultation and training to service providers. Each office has demonstration kits of adaptive equipment such as TTY’s with large visual displays, assistive listening devices and vibrating wake-up alarms. The Telephone Equipment Distribution (TED) Program, housed in each regional office, offers long-term loans of assistive telephone equipment including TTY’s with large visual display, amplified phones with large number pads, and brailling TTY’s to those that qualify. Regional offices are located in St. Paul, Bemidji, Virginia, St. Peter, St. Cloud, Fergus Falls, Rochester, and Duluth.

Minnesota Legal Services Coalition
Protection and advocacy agency for persons with developmental disabilities.

Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities
The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities offers FREE e-education to help increase independence, productivity, self-determination, integration, and inclusion for children with developmental disabilities and their families.

Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center
Provides information and support for Native American women, including chemical dependency programs, library, training, and employment opportunities.

Minnesota Life College
Located in Richfield, offering a 2-4 year post-secondary, life skills training program for young adults with learning disabilities.

Minnesota March of Dimes
Has information on family support groups as well as material on FASD.

Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS)
Statewide collaborative organization whose mission is to foster problem solving with state and community agencies working on issues related to FASD. MOFAS develops a coordinated approach to prevention and intervention activities with FASD and associated secondary disabilities. Website features: Minnesota organization information, events, opportunities; directory of regional service providers; national USA directory of FASD support groups, treatment and diagnosis. Guidelines of care for persons with FASD.

Minnesota State-Wide FASD Assessment Clinic
International Adoption Clinic
516 Delaware St SE0
Minneapolis, MN 55455

MN Guatemalan Rainbows
This Yahoo group is for Minnesota GLBT families parenting children who were adopted from Guatemala. Families from surrounding states may also join. Join to stay in contact with families similar to each other, to discuss all matters related to raising adopted children from Guatemala, and to plan family get-togethers and discussions.

The Minnesota Prevention Resource Center (MPRC)
A project of the Minnesota Institute of Public Health (MIPH) promotes the public health and prevents the problems caused by substance abuse. This includes tobacco and drug use, underage alcohol use and the misuse of alcohol by adults.

MN Adopt
MN Adopt is a non-profit organization committed to permanence for children. They provide training to prospective families, heighten visibility of children in foster care and provide continuing education and support for those that are influenced by adoption.

Music Together West Twin Cities
The Family Music Center offers mixed-age music and movement classes for children (infants to 5-year-olds) along with their parents or care-givers in 10 different Twin Cities metro locations. The Center publishes a Family Music Center Newsletter with articles such as The Mozart Effect for Children.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and adults with mental illnesses and their families. 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.

Native American Community Clinic
The Native American Community Clinic focuses on serving the primary care health needs of people in the metro area Native American community. Located in the Phillips neighborhood of Minneapolis, this MHP network clinic offers a full range of family practice and pediatric services. It also provides education and wellness services. The clinic is staffed by four highly regarded medical professionals who have more than 65 years of experience providing health care to Native Americans.  Services include: General Health Care, Women’s Health Care, Pediatric Care Services, Teen Care Services, Adult Care Services, Elder Care Services

NOFAS (National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome)
Listing of Minnesota resources and family support groups

North American Council on Adoptable Children (NACAC)
A resource for adoption throughout North America, NACAC shares information about special needs adoption, adoption subsidies, adoption support and preservation, adoptive and foster parent recruitment, child welfare system reform, concurrent planning, parent group development, and transracial/transcultural parenting. NACAC also supports adoptive families, holds an annual conference, and promotes adoption awareness.

PACER Center
The mission of PACER Center is to expand opportunities and enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families, based on the concept of parents helping parents
A number of books and guidance manuals are available for purchase including Special Education Records Keeping Folders, guidebooks on bullying and cyberbullying, and a transition toolkit to prepare a child for life beyond high school. PACER’s Emotional and Behavioral Disorders (EBD) Project provides information and assistance to parents who need to access services for a child with EBD.

PFLAG Twin Cities
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

Partners in Policymaking
A leadership training program designed for adults with disabilities and for parents of young children with disabilities. The program teaches leadership skills, and the process of developing positive partnerships with elected officials and other individuals who make the policy decisions about services that you and your family use.

REACH-Key Health Alliance
REACH, A Center for Recreation Education Advocacy Counseling Health, specializes in helping those with developmental disabilities and their families.  Provides programs for children/youth, transition services for young adults and a  newsletter.  Formerly West Hennepin Community Services, Inc.

Resource Training & Solutions
An organization that offers practical parenting training to parents..

REM Inc.
Provides residential services, in-home supports, independent, and respite and crisis services. Also provides case management, advocacy, behavioral consultation and training. 952.922.6776 or email:

RESOLVE is a national organization of support, information and advocacy for people struggling to build a family and for professionals working with infertile people.  RESOLVE’s mission is to provide timely, compassionate support and information to people who are experiencing infertility and to increase awareness of infertility issues through advocacy and public education.  This membership-based organization offers monthly meetings, annual conferences, factsheets, newsletters, support groups and more.

Senior LinkAge Line®
For grandparents and other kinship caregivers
Call for community resources
800-333-2433 Free Helpline

Success In Motion: Occupational Therapy for Kids
Movement therapy to help the “out-of-sync child” move successfully through a complex world.

St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development
They have five main program areas: Early Childhood Education; Pediatric Therapies; Mental Health Services; Early Intervention & Support; and Community Special Needs Services.

Provide family crisis & support services and domestic violence services.

University of Minnesota’s Children, Youth, and Family Consortium
This site offers electronic clearinghouse, discussion groups, and policy information concerning Children, Youth and Family.

University of Minnesota Extension Service
As a major educational outlet for the University of Minnesota, this web site provides statewide community resources for families including regional extension offices, workshops and e-learning, a media library and more.

Unmarried Fathers’ Guide to Paternity, Custody and Parenting Time in Minnesota
This 30-page guide booklet is designed to help fathers get background information about family law. (PDF Format 1 MB)

Washburn Center for Children
Children’s mental health center, caring for a wide variety of children’s needs such as: attention deficit disorders, trauma, behavioral problems, anxiety, learning difficulties, depression.  Three metro locations.

West Metro Learning Connections, Inc.
A center for social communication and interaction skill development and support.   Serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions.

Wilder Foundation
Wilder Foundation operates more than 100 programs that serve more than 50,000 people and more than 500 organizations each year.  Services include residential treatment for children with severe mental health, emotional and/or behavioral issues; group therapy programs for youth exhibiting violent behaviors and a juvenile day reporting program to help youth involved with the juvenile court system develop success-oriented behaviors.