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The MN ADOPT organization was founded in 1980 under the name Citizen’s Coalition on Permanence for Children. This founding group, which included a mix of advocacy minded adoptive and foster parents, was borne out of a collective concern of the trauma experienced by Minnesota foster children from multiple out-of-home placements, which often were long term, with no collective goal or advocacy systems in place for reunification, kinship placement or adoption. Most of these children lived with temporary, non-kin families until they reached the age of emancipation, at which time they ‘aged-out’ (i.e. became no longer eligible for foster care) and experienced heightened risks for homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and chemical dependency.

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