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 many people to surround kids with love and stability during childhood. Maybe you’re among them. 


Get the facts

Foster care and adoption in Hennepin County

Foster care

one thousand one hundred and eighty two

Kids in the foster care system

ages of kids in foster care

Ages of kids in foster care

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Race and ethnicity of foster kids


one hundred

Kids waiting for an adoptive family

ages of waiting children

Ages of kids waiting for adoption

twenty nine percent

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


Numbers updated 9/30/2021

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 help them transition safely back home or to a relative. Or they can commit to the long term and adopt them if they can't go home.



  • Can provide kids with care and stability during your time together
  • Want to support kids’ relationships with their birth families
  • Are 21 or older, and financially, emotionally and physically stable
  • Are two years sober if you've had drug or alcohol issues in the past
  • 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 an extra bedroom
  • Is near reliable transportation, by car or public transit
  • Can be rented or owned

Get started

Foster care

First, attend an information meeting 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.

The 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.

Virtual information meetings

Meetings are held on Tuesdays from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

  • February 8
  • March 8
  • April 12
  • May 10
  • June 14

To register, email Include the first and last name of all adult attendees, and the date of the meeting you want to attend.

After you register, we’ll send you more information and the link to the virtual meeting.

Information meetings are held 1-2 times per month. Upcoming dates will be posted when registration is available.


Most children in foster care return home to their families. Some are adopted by relatives or by their foster parents.

When these options aren’t possible, kids still need loving, supportive adoptive families. There are no fees to adopt these youth. A contracted agency will help you through the process.

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Ampersand Families

2515 Wabash Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55114

Childrens home society and lutheran social service

Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service

1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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Nexus Family Healing

5985 Rice Creek Parkway #202
Shoreview, MN 55126

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North Homes

1880 River Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

The licensing process

When you attend an information meeting, you will get the materials you need to begin the licensing process.

The process typically takes three to six months. It includes required paperwork, background check, training and home study. A social worker will help you through the process.

Once all licensing requirements are met, the county has 20 days to make a recommendation on your application.

Contact us