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Children of all ages need permanent, stable, loving families. The Minnesota Department of Human Services ensures that Minnesota children placed for adoption within the state or across state or international lines benefit from all legal protections and that they and their families receive support and social services to meet their individual needs.
Adoption creates a legal parent/child relationship for:
Interested in becoming an adoptive parent?
Contact your county social service agency or the North American Council on Adoptable Children at 651-523-0963 or toll-free at 866-665-4378. More information about adoption of children under state guardianship is also available on the department’s website.
Immediate post-adoption support available
To support families who adopt children and address the need for short-term intervention services, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is funding a new program through the Minnesota Adoption Resources Network called HELP. The program is designed to streamline the referral process and to provide immediate interventions that may include:
To learn more about HELP, call the Minnesota Adoption Resources Network at (612) 746-5137 or visit the HELP page at mnadopt.org.
Study concludes permanency rates higher when youth are authentically engaged
The Homecoming Project, the Minnesota Department of Human Services’ (DHS) five-year demonstration project, funded by a federal Adoption Opportunities grant, supported the expansion and study of efforts to recruit permanent families for teenagers in foster care available for adoption. The Minnesota Adoption Resource Network administered the project under grant contract with DHS. Youth who were referred to the Homecoming Project received extensive one-on-one individualized recruitment services. At the end of the project, over half of the 100 youth served achieved permanency, including legal adoption for 31 percent of the participating youth. These adoption rates are about five times the rate of adoption of teenagers for the state at baseline. Moreover, when compared to a similar group of youth under state guardianship, Homecoming Project youth were significantly less likely to have been ordered into long-term foster care by the courts, to sign an affidavit saying they did not want to be adopted, and to age out of care. The project’s final report by Wilder Research, Finding Permanent Families for Teens Under State Guardianship (PDF), attributes the positive results to “the authentic engagement of youth” that characterized the Homecoming Project’s child-specific recruitment.
Adoption of children under state guardianship
When courts terminate parents' rights, children are placed in foster care and committed to the guardianship of the state of Minnesota. The department's goal is to find permanent homes, preferably through adoption, for all children under state guardianship. The county social service agency caring for the child is responsible for identifying children's needs, finding an adoptive family and supporting the adoption placement. As of September 17, 2010, 984 children under state guardianship were waiting to be adopted.
The process of adopting a child under state guardianship is:
Further assistance may be available to a child and their adoptive family.
Adoption forms available
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