The Duluth News Tribune newspaper partnered with MN ADOPT in February, 2019. Minnesota Waiting Kid (Minnesota children currently in foster care) will be featured monthly in their Sunday Pursuits section.
This Month's Duluth News Tribune Feature
The Arnston Family
The preference for adopting the children at an early age wasn’t necessarily shared by Scott and Amy Arntson, who live in Duluth’s Bayview Heights neighborhood.
In 2016, the Arntsons were seeing an empty nest in their future as daughter Ashleigh and son Devan neared graduation from Esko High School, where Scott is a teacher and coach.
“We both knew that we didn’t need to raise someone from infancy to love them any differently,” said Amy, who works as manager for physician quality at Essentia Health.
They had considered adoption before, but found the process overwhelming, the Arntsons said. This time, they worked with North Homes Children and Family Services, one of five private agencies that contracts with the state to enable families to adopt foster children.
“This way you have somebody telling you you need to do this, you need to fill out this form, and this is going to happen,” Scott said. “So the process was completely different….(READ MORE)