Pre-Adopt Informational Sessions

Individuals who are interested in adopting Minnesota’s Waiting Children should begin by attending pre-adopt/foster parent information or training classes offered by one of the 87 Minnesota County Social/Human Service divisions or a private adoption agency that is part of the Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI). Families who train through their county of residence or the PPAI agencies pay no fees for their training. There may be fees for other trainings. Always call the training agency prior to attending.

  • Your first step is to call your county family services department to ask about its foster care, concurrent planning and/or adoption programs or to call a Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI) agency. PPAI and some county’s orientation schedules are listed below.
  • You also may call private child-placement agencies that are licensed by the State of Minnesota and are involved with permanency planning for children. If considering a private agency that is not part of the Public Private Adoption Initiative, you should request information about any possible fees.
  • Your next step is to attend the orientation meetings and training sessions offered by your county or the private child-placement agencies.  Many of your questions will be discussed at these meetings.
  • Once the training is completed, you are prepared for the next steps of the process that are required of foster, concurrent planning or adoptive parents. In any of these roles, you can brighten the future for a Minnesota’s Waiting Child.

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

1880 River Road Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (see agency's website for other locations)

Area served: Northwest, Northeast and Central Minnesota