In the News: Children at Risk

Recently, 5 Eyewitness News shared the story of McKenna Ahrenholz who is 12 years old and fighting to give a voice to the many children in the state’s child protection system. Supporting her fight is the Children’s Law Center (CLC) of Minnesota, an organization that provides legal representation to children. McKenna’s story is all too familiar… Read more

Interview with Donald (AmperParent)

    Insights from an Ampersand Parent In honor of National Adoption Month, we at Ampersand reached out to a couple of parents and asked if they would share their stories of choosing to adopt an older youth. Donald was more than willing to provide insight. His son Tyler moved in March 4 and they… Read more

Reel Hope Partnership

Ampersand Families recently partnered with Reel Hope, a new nonprofit with a mission to mobilize faith communities to bring foster kids into forever families through stories, connections and communities. We were thrilled when founder Kaycee reached out to Ampersand Families as they were forming the organization – looking for insight into the foster care system… Read more

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

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