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Help a child. Heal a family.

Sometimes kids need a safe place to heal while families work through issues. If they can’t return home, they need someone to care for them into the future.

It takes a special person to give the gift of a stable childhood. Maybe you’re the one.


Get the facts

Foster care and adoption in Hennepin County

Foster care

one thousand five hundred sixty nine

Kids in the foster care system. Of those, 130 are waiting in emergency shelters for foster homes.

ages of children in foster care

Ages of kids in foster care

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Gender of kids in foster care

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Race and ethnicity of foster kids. 76% identify as more than one race.


one hundred eighteen

Kids waiting for an adoptive family

ages of waiting children

Ages of kids waiting for adoption

forty nine percent

Kids who are part of a sibling group that needs to be adopted together

Ways to help

See how people like you have helped kids in our community.

Become a foster family

When kids can’t live with someone they already know, they are matched up with a licensed foster care provider.

Adopt your foster child

People should expect to care for many kids before they have an opportunity to adopt a foster child.

Become an adoptive family

Some kids are ready for adoption now. Most are 10 or older. Some need to stay with siblings. Meet the kids.

Care for a child you know

Kinship placement is when a relative or friend can care for a child. To help a kid you know, call 612-348-5437. 

Look at your life

The life-altering decision to foster or adopt comes with incredible rewards and challenges.

Successful foster and adoptive parents are patient and loving. They are team players and advocates for kids. They can love foster kids and let them go. Or they can commit to the long term and adopt them if they can't go home.



  • Are 21 or older, and financially, emotionally and physically stable
  • Have flexibility at work 
  • Are two years sober if you've had drug or alcohol treatment
  • Agree to a background check

your family

Your family

  • May be just you, or you and a partner or spouse
  • May include your own kids and extended family  
  • Supports your decision to foster or adopt
  • Is both stable and open to change

your home

Your home

  • Is located in Hennepin County
  • Has at least two bedrooms
  • Is near reliable transportation, by car or public transit
  • Can be rented or owned

Get started

Foster care

First, attend an information session where you will learn about foster care options and their requirements. This will help you decide if you are ready to take the next steps toward becoming a licensed foster parent. 

Information sessions:

Thursday, October 27
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Maple Grove
8001 Main Street North, Maple Grove

Wednesday, November 16
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Edina
5280 Grandview Square, Edina

Tuesday, November 29
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Brookdale
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Room C, Brooklyn Center

Wednesday, December 14
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hennepin County Library – Golden Valley
830 Winnetka Avenue North, Golden Valley

After you attend an information session, you must also complete training and a home study. Your assigned intake worker will let you know which training courses you must take, and will schedule your home study.


There are no fees to adopt a child whose parents have lost the right to raise them. A contracted agency will help you through the process:

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Ampersand Families

2515 Wabash Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55114

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Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service 

1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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Kindred Family Focus

2277 Highway 36 West, Suite #310
Roseville, MN 55113

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North Homes

1880 River Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Becoming a foster family

After you complete the foster care application process, we will tell you which courses you must complete.

View training dates and register online


Maintaining a foster care license

Foster parents must attend 12 hours of training each year to keep their licenses. Families who have adopted a Hennepin County child may also attend these sessions.

View training dates and register online