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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 eight hundred and eighty three

Kids in the foster care system.

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. 24% identify as more than one race.


one hundred and forty nine

Kids waiting for an adoptive family

ages of waiting children

Ages of kids waiting for adoption

thirty six 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 meetings are for families wanting to foster or adopt children unrelated to them. If you are interested in fostering or adopting a child you already know, please call 612-348-5437 and select option 1.

Information sessions

After you attend an information session and return all the required paperwork, you will be assigned an intake worker. Your intake worker will let you know which training courses you must complete.  

  • Wednesday, December 12, 6 to 8 p.m.
    Hennepin County Library – Ridgedale
    12601 Ridgedale Drive, Minnetonka
  • Friday, January 11, 1 to 3 p.m.
    Hennepin County Library – Northeast
    2200 Central Avenue Northeast, Minneapolis


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

5985 Rice Creek Parkway #202
Shoreview, MN 55126

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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

Foster care support group

No registration necessary


You can get support from other foster parents and exchange ideas and resources. Earn one training credit per visit up to 3 hours a year. You do not have to sign up – drop in any time!


Hennepin County Library – Brookdale (Creekside Room)
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Dates and times

Group is held the last Wednesday of the month from 6 to 8 p.m.

Upcoming sessions:

  • November 28
  • No group in December

For questions about group, contact us at

Concurrent families support group


Lenox Community Center
6715 Minnetonka Boulevard
St. Louis Park, MN 55426

Dates and times

Group is held the second Monday of each month from 6:30–8:30 pm.

Upcoming sessions:

  • November 12
  • December 10

For more information and current speaker schedule, contact us at

Foster parents caring for teens support group

Talk it over with other parents who understand. Listen. Learn. Share. Navigating the teen years is tough. It’s even tougher when your child is in foster care and struggling with child protection, the court system, mental health, chemical health, and other social issues. Our support group is designed to be a safe, confidential place for foster parents to share experiences and learn from others. We invite you to join us!


Hennepin County Library – Brookdale (Creekside Room)
6125 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430

Dates and times

Meetings are held the last Thursday of every month.

Upcoming sessions:

  • October 25, 2018, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
  • Due to the holidays, November and December’s meetings will be combined and will occur on December 6, 2018.

If you plan to attend the support group, please RSVP to or call 612-348-5840.