Ampersand Families Seeks Homes for Teens

African American children are currently overrepresented in the child welfare system. During Black History Month, the Minnesota Department of Human Services is encouraging families to adopt children waiting in foster care.

Ampersand Families is an adoption agency in Minneapolis that focuses on finding families for the oldest and longest-waiting kids.  If you wind up in the foster care system at age 12, the odds are heavily against you finding a permanent family before you become too old to stay in foster care.  Ampersand works against those odds to provide family connections and some stability for young adults at a crucial time in their lives.

Jen Braun is the co-founder and co-executive officer of Ampersand Families.

She joined us here at KFAI and talked to Trisha Collopy on the Morning Blend.

 

 

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About Me Michelle has worked with youth in out-of-home care since 1989, her child welfare career has included front-line staff positions in residential settings, a home-based intensive supervision worker, and youth development work in a therapeutic foster care agency. Prior to co-founding Ampersand Families in October 2008, Michelle directed The Homecoming Project, a federally-funded Adoption Initiatives program to increase adoptions of teenagers from Minnesota’s foster care system. Read More

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