Birthday greetings from our Executive Director

I can hardly wrap my head around the fact that Ampersand Families is 8 years old October 1st.  During these eight years we have worked with 350 individual youth and parents.  In the next couple months we expect to reach a significant milestone…we will have restored 100 youth to families through adoption or other forms… Read more

Josie & Chris

(Click image to watch Josie & Chris on KidsConnect) In this work, rejection, disappointment, and plans falling through are almost daily occurrences. There are hundreds of families wanting to adopt in Minnesota, but only one of them is going to be the family for any given child I work with. The most carefully laid plans… Read more

We’re Hiring

JOIN OUR TEAM! We are looking for a new PERMANENCY SPECIALIST – click here for details Ampersand Families is proud to be an employer of choice with an organizational culture of excellence that embraces humor, learning and collegial support. We employ professionals who are accountable for learning the skills, building the relationships and investing the… Read more

Meet Misty, Program Director

We are thrilled to welcome Misty Coonce to the AmperFamily as our new Program Director. Misty has worked in the adoption field since 2009. Although she has worked across many programs (domestic infant, international, and foster care adoption), supporting youth in foster care and their families is her true passion. Misty is ecstatic to be… Read more

We’re Hiring

Join our team! We’re a group of passionate people who recruit and support permanent families for older youth through innovative, respectful practices. If you are interested in joining our efforts, see the posting below for our Program Director. Details for applying are at the bottom of the posting. Program Director Position Summary The Program Director oversees… Read more

A future lawyer?

 I want to be a lawyer (a defense attorney) to help kids get out of trouble. I would like to go to University of Minnesota for undergrad and Harvard for my graduate degree. My  dream family would be understanding, caring, sports-lovers and wealthy (but, I’m open!). They would have pets….I love cats… Read more

Tons of interests. Looking for a mom.

 Jasper goes back and forth about whether she’d like to attend college.  Jasper is an intelligent young woman with many interests, hobbies, talents and her team feels she would blossom in college.  Her ambivalence seems based in not knowing how to plan ahead for her future life at this point, and not knowing what college… Read more

Improv at Ampersand Families

  Click here to learn about the Improv Classes we did with Climb Theater recently.       This project was made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund… Read more

Vanessa and Julia on Kid Connection

        Friendships matter a lot when you are in foster care! Let Julia and Vanessa tell you a bit about it… Read more

Vanessa is waiting…..

Vanessa is a quiet young woman, who can be a real chatterbox once she gets to know you.  … Read more

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