[ The Challenge ]

TRAUMA, ABUSE, NEGLECT.
Through no fault of their own, hundreds of Minnesota teens await adoption. But they have little chance of finding a family before aging out of foster care. What’s ahead? Loneliness . . . and worse. A high risk of experience homelessness, unemployment, and crime — as offender or victim.

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WE ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION

WE — WITH YOUR HELP — ARE KEEPING THE PROMISE

We’re doing everything possible to restore these youth to loving, permanent families as quickly and as safely as possible.

And then we’re there for our families — forever — with post-adoption support services when the going gets rough … and when it’s time to celebrate.

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We

build

a support network
around every
youth

We’ve helped about

200

older youth
find permanent families
since 2008.

YOU ARE PART OF THE SOLUTION, TOO

Considering adoption? Find out if your family is a good fit for adoption from foster care. Or learn more about the many, many other ways — big and small — in which you can support the lives of these resilient yet vulnerable young people.

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CATCHING THE DROPS, FIXING THE ROOF

You may be surprised to learn

that each year in Minnesota about 50 youth leave our foster care system without legal membership in any family. When a youth's parents' rights are terminated due to abuse and neglect her legal relationship to grandparents, siblings and all other family members also disappear.

Moreover, only about 50% of youth who age out of care have graduated high school, and their odds of being victims, offenders, parents too early or homeless are unconscionably high.

Not only are we solving this problem teen by teen, we’re addressing systemic barriers and practices that are creating this situation in the first place.
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Leadership for change

We are committed to building programs and participating in initiatives that will help our community transform the way we support families, and ultimately reduce the number of children and teens needing services from a place like us.

At each step in our work we focus on strategies that help youth stay connected to relatives, kin, community and culture – bringing an equity-lens to practice and policy.

At the same time, we’re developing young people and parents whose stories inspire community members to get involved.
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Learn – Talk – Create Change

with us and with your own friends and family. Adoption is just one option when it comes to helping our community fulfill the promise of permanency to youth in foster care.

Join us out in the community and help give voice to teens whom our community has forgotten.

We also provide a wide-range of training that raises awareness across the board — from prospective adoptive or buddy families to national human services professionals.

Knowledge is power. Will you use your power to fulfill the promise of permanency for our teens in foster care? [ LEARN MORE ]

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Why choose Ampersand Families?

“After working with Ampersand Families, I didn’t have a hint of cold feet. Before meeting my son, I was like a kid on Christmas Eve.”

Parent

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