Where can I get more information about adoption?

Generally speaking, licensed adoption agencies work with families on international and infant adoptions and county social service agencies focus on the adoption of children under state guardianship of the commissioner, relative and stepparent adoptions. Public/Private Adoption Initiative Agencies are also an option. The Public/Private Adoption Initiative is a partnership amoung the Minnesota Department of Human Services, county social services agencies and licensed, private adoptive parents.

If you are interested in adopting a child under State guardianship, contact your County Social Service Agency a Public/Private Adoption Initiative Agency or MN ADOPT at 612-861-7115 or toll free at 866-303-6276.

How does the Minnesota Department of Human Services help?

The department provides consultation, technical assistance and training to county social service agencies and private adoption agencies. Additionally, the department administers the Adoption Assistance Program for Children with Special Needs,the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children and post-adoption supports and services through the MN ADOPT grant contract.

For more information on the department's services, see: A fact sheet on Minnesota children who are waiting to be adopted

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