Winter Family Retreat

Fun-filled day for Ampersand-related families and youth to build connections and community with each other! RSVPs are closed

Parenting in Racially and Culturally Diverse Families Training

This training helps participants understand the impact of parenting children from different racial/ethnic/cultural backgrounds and to know how to honor and incorporate child’s race/ethnicity/culture into their existing family system. Strategies are identified to help children develop positive and proud identities and to help children and families prepare for and handle racism in all forms. OpennessContinue Reading

MYVoice Virtual Hangout

Online

Youth-led event open to Minnesota young people ages 12-22 with lived experience in the foster care and/or adoption systems. Text, call, or email to receive RSVP and receive a Zoom link: emily@ampersandfamilies.org or (612) 695-4328.

Relative/Kin Legal Clinic

Learn about your rights as family members, hear from knowledgeable professionals on foster care licensing process, and get an opportunity to consult with attorneys experienced in child welfare cases. This clinic will be held virtually. Click on the title of this event to access the registration link.

Foster Child and Youth Day on the Hill

Join Ampersand Families youth and staff to advocate for changes to the Minnesota foster care system. Register to attend via their website,  https://www.fosterchildandyouthday.com/or, for youth interested in going with MYVoice, email us ASAP at myvoice@ampersandfamilies.org.

Preparing for Placement Training

Come listen to a panel talk about what you need to prepare for a youth moving into your home! Ampersand-affiliated families only (families who had their home study done by Ampersand or who are matching with a youth who has a Child Specific Recruiter/worker through Ampersand) Register here: https://forms.office.com/r/sPfMXuJZNM

MYVoice Virtual Hangout

Online

Monthly youth-led event open to Minnesota young people ages 12-22 with lived experience in the foster care/adoption systems. Text, call or email to RSVP and receive the Zoom link. (612) 695-4328 or emily@ampersandfamilies.org

Caregiver Roundtable

For all Ampersand-affiliated adoptive, pre-adoptive, and kinship caregivers. Caregivers are invited to share their experiences and get support from other caregivers while youth participate in an activity supervised by Ampersand Families staff. Dinner is provided for all. Invites go out approximately 2 weeks before the event. Please RSVP to mina@ampersandfamilies.org. 

Relative/Kin Legal Clinic

Learn about your rights as family members, hear from knowledgeable professionals on foster care licensing process, and get an opportunity to consult with attorneys experienced in child welfare cases. Check back soon for registration link.

Relative/Kinship Parenting and Building Resilience Training

This training acknowledges the complexities associated with Relative/Kinship caregiving through fostering and adoption. Topics will include divided loyalties, redefining roles and relationships, setting boundaries with parents and other relatives, the range of emotions caregivers can feel and how children who have experienced trauma, separation, or loss can impact a caregiver’s own well-being. Strategies for howContinue Reading

Relative/Kin Family Retreat

Cedar Valley Resort 905 Bench Street, Whalan, MN, United States

All Ampersand-affiliated relative/kin families are invited to attend the family retreat at Cedar Valley Resort from April 19-21! RSVP here and ask questions by emailing mina@ampersandfamilies.org.

MYVoice Virtual Hangout

Youth-led event open to Minnesota young people ages 12-22 who have lived experience in the foster care and/or adoption systems! Text, call, or email to RSVP and receive the Zoom link: emily@ampersandfamilies.org or 612-695-4328