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Adult Adoptees and Birth/First Support

Every effort is made to assure accuracy in the listing of support groups and resources. Those wishing to attend support groups should contact the agency, county or sponsoring organizations before attending.

ADULT ADOPTEES

Adult Adoptees of Central Minnesota
Adult Adoptees of Central Minnesota, a support group for adoptees, 18 years of age and older who are interested in connecting with other adult adoptees. There is no cost to attend.

When: Please call contact for updated information
Where: St. Cloud Public Library-Array Room, 405 Germain Street West, St. Cloud, MN
Contact: Nikki Knisley, knisleyray@yahoo.com

Adoptees MN
Support group for adult adoptees (18 and over). There is no cost to attend.
Where: Via Zoom during COVID precautions on 2nd Saturdays of the month, 9:30 – 11:00 AM
Contact: Email: adopteesmn@gmail.com  or Penelope Needham at 612-616-3139 or Carrie Blesener at 651-769-7080

Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora (AFAAD MN)
Adopted and Fostered Adults of the African Diaspora (AFAAD MN), a support group for Black or biracial (or multiracial) adoptees and fosterees born anywhere in the world
When: Monthly alternating between Saturday evenings and weekdays
Where: Location rotates among members’ homes and community locations
Contact: Michelle Johnson, 651-341-9636 or meeshahjaye@gmail.com

CHLSS Adult Adoptee Support Group
A support group for adoptees ages 19 and up from all placing agencies seeking to connect and learn from each other’s shared experiences.
When:  Second Thursday of each month, 6-7:30pm with a summer recess during the months of June-August.
Contact: Libby Onchiri, Libby.Onchiri@chlss.org or 651-255-2432 to request the link to join.
https://chlss.org/education-events/

Concerned United Birthparents
Concerned United Birthparents, a monthly support group for birth family members and adult adoptees
When: First Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm
Where: St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, SLP, 55416 in the Gallery Room
For more information http://www.cubirthparents.org/ or call Erin Merrigan 612-298-9369 & erinmer@email.com

Montevideo Adult Adoptee Support Group
Montevideo Adult Adoptee Support Group, a monthly support group
Where: Montevideo Public Library
Contact: Carleen Helgeson at 320-226-5793

Reuniting Minnesota
Reuniting Minnesota, an interactive e-mail group providing support, advice and, in situations where adoptees no longer live in Minnesota or near the area of their birth or adoption, assistance to adoptees in searching for birth family
Email: reunitingminnesota@gmail.com
Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReunitingMinnesota/

BIRTH FAMILY SUPPORT

Bellis (Stronger Together Support Group)
Bellis is hosting weekly gatherings exclusively for women who have experienced permanent termination of parental rights.
Learn more here or call 952-944-0866

CHLSS-Birth Parent & Adopted Adult Support Group
Group purpose and mission:
~Attendees are birth parents and adopted adults who are not related.
~Attendees are considering search and reunion, are in reunion or  post reunion.
~Attendees may attend regardless of adoption agency used, domestic & international.
~Attendees are seeking a support group to meet other adoptees and birth parents who are supportive of one another and willing to share their reunion journey, including their successes, disappointments and joys.

Contact: Betsy Trondson  betsy.trondson@chlss.org to request the link to join.
For more information: https://chlss.org/education-events/

Concerned United Birthparents
Concerned United Birthparents, a monthly support group for birth family members and adult adoptees
When: First Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm.
Where: St. Louis Park Recreation Center, 3700 Monterey Drive, SLP, 55416 in the Gallery Room
For more information http://www.cubirthparents.org/ or call Erin Merrigan 612-298-9369 & erinmer@email.com

 


National Resources

Adoptees’ Liberty Movement Association
(The ALMA Society)
Adoptees’ Liberty Movement Association (The ALMA Society), a membership organization and adoption reunion registry. ALMA advocates for the right of adopted person to know the truth of their origin. For more information, please visit http://www.almasociety.org/

American Adoption Congress (AAC)
American Adoption Congress (AAC), is an international network of individuals and organizations committed to honesty and openness in adoption and to reforms that protect all of those involved from abuse or exploitation. Membership is open to adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents, professionals, and all others who share a commitment to the AAC’s goals. AAC is not a search organization, but they provide referrals to search and support groups. For more information, please visit http://www.americanadoptioncongress.org/

InKAS, International Korean Adoptee Services, Inc
InKAS, International Korean Adoptee Services, Inc (website is in Korean), provides the following services: 1) Helps adoptees to find their origins 2) Assists adoptees and their family when visiting Korea and 3) Family Exchange Program. For more information, please visit www.inkas.org/ or email at inkas21@yahoo.co.kr

International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR)
International Soundex Reunion Registry (ISRR), is a nonprofit, humanitarian agency which serves and promotes, through the reunion registry, the interest of adults desiring and seeking a reunion with next-of-kin by birth. The Registry serves the needs of birth family members who have been separated by adoption, divorce, foster care, institutional care or abandonment. ISRR is not affiliated with any registry or other organization and is the largest free search registry in the world. For more information , please visit http://www.isrr.net/ or call 775-882-7755.

Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN)
Korean American Adoptee Adoptive Family Network (KAAN), facilitates dialogue, promotes resource sharing, and disseminates information. KAAN works with its members, the Korean American community, the Korean government to promote awareness of Korean adoption issues and develops programs that will benefit both the adoption and Korean communities. For more information, please visit https://www.wearekaan.org/

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