If you are at a crossroads between foster care and adoption, we can help. Come to an information meeting to learn about both programs. View upcoming dates and locations.
The State of Minnesota contracts with several private agencies, which work with families to complete the pre-adoption process. If you adopt a child who has been in the foster care system, you will not pay for the home study or pre-adoption training. There may be other, minor, legal costs, but you can be reimbursed for most of them.
1700 Second Street NE Minneapolis, MN 55413
Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service
1605 Eustis St. St. Paul, MN 55108
Kindred Family Focus
2277 Hwy 36 West #310 Roseville, MN 55113
1880 River Road Grand Rapids, MN 55744
Adoption home study
This is the story of your family. It is used to match you with the right adoptive child or children. On average, it takes 4-6 months to complete. There are no fees when you adopt children under state guardianship. Having an approved home study enables you to adopt a child from any of Minnesota's 87 counties.
Mail completed home studies to:
Adoption Home Studies
Hennepin County Foster Care and Adoption
300 South 6th Street, MC 960
Minneapolis, MN 55487
The matching process
Our primary goal is to find permanent, adoptive families for our waiting children. Your home study worker will help guide you through this process. Finding the right fit between a family and a child or sibling group depends upon your openness to parent the children who are waiting. These include children of color, older children and sibling groups, and children with a range of special needs.
Preparation and placement
The prospective adoptive parents meet with each child’s foster parents, social workers, teachers, therapists, and all others who have knowledge of the child’s needs. They review all of the child's written documentation pertaining to the child's history and begin planned visits, before accepting the child or children into their home for purposes of adoption.
Make it official
Social workers provide support during the transition phase. The court will finalize the adoption no sooner than 90 days after children are placed with their families. In the meantime, social workers prepare the Adoption Assistance Agreement, to be approved by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Once that document is approved, the Petition to Adopt is filed with Juvenile Court and a court date is set to finalize the adoption.
Families, children, and others attend the adoption finalization court hearing, and celebrate this special Adoption Day.
A new family
Parents are now the legal parents, social workers close cases, adoption assistance begins, the family completes an application for medical assistance in each child’s new name, and post-adoption services are offered to families through www.mnadopt.org or 612-861-7115.