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 homelessness, unemployment, and crime — as offender or victim.
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. [ LEARN MORE ]
Research, policy and outreach
initiatives will help our community solve the issues related to permanency for older youth.
Working side by side with local and national thought leaders, we're examining the issues, identifying solutions and calling for change.
We are championing the first-ever longitudinal research into the outcomes of teen adoption, and we're leading on system improvements that will shift child welfare practices.
At the same time, we're developing young people and parents whose stories inspire community members to get involved. [ LEARN MORE ]
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 ]