In a two-hour information meeting you will find out more about the Hennepin County Adoption Program, the adoption process, and Hennepin County’s waiting children. If you are a couple, both of you must attend. No registration is necessary. Child care is not provided.
Call 612-348-ADOP (t) / 612-348-2367 to be placed on the mailing list for upcoming information meetings.
The adoption process is a personal and reflective journey. The Adoption Unit at Hennepin County also understands each person completes this process at a different pace. During the training series you will be given an application to be completed before the last night of class if you choose to proceed with the adoption process. Call 612-543-0014 to register for the pre-adoption training series.
If you have completed some training, or have specific questions about the training and curriculum, please email Cathy Bruer-Thompson or call her at 612-543-0014.
Complete the application
This includes background checks, references, other paperwork, and your family profile.
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:
Amy Sullivan, Targeted Adoption Recruiter
Hennepin County Adoption Program
525 Portland Ave. S, MC 960
Minneapolis, MN 55415
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.