Calendar of events

17th annual Celebrate Adoption event honors 500 newly created families

Children adopted from the foster care system and their new families, as well as those interested in adopting and supporting Minnesota’s waiting children, will come together Sunday, Nov. 2, at the 17th annual Celebrate Adoption: A Circus of the Heart event, highlighting recent and ongoing adoption efforts across the state, including the adoption of 539 children last year. The public is welcome to attend and gather information from tables staffed by Minnesota Department of Human Services, county, nonprofit and private agency adoption experts. Games, music, pony rides, fire trucks, face painting and other activities will be part of the event at the Prom Center Event Facility, 484 Inwood Ave., in Oakdale from 1 to 4 p.m.

Statewide information sessions on background studies law underway

DHS will host a series of information sessions throughout Minnesota that will provide detailed information on the background studies law passed in 2014 (PDF). The new law requires the department to collect fingerprints and a photograph of the background study subject. The law also requires implementation of new software that supports multiple changes designed to improve the accuracy and completeness of background studies. The information sessions will take place in eight locations; no registration is required. Stakeholders who are affiliated with DHS licensed programs are encouraged to attend a session to learn more about the new background studies requirements.

Deaf and hard of hearing events

The Minnesota Department of Human Services’ Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services Division sponsors a variety of training sessions and other activities for people who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing or a caregiver. More information about the training is online.


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