Parents wishing to adopt in Minnesota must:

  • Be at least 21 years of age.
  • Have lived in Minnesota at least a year.
  • Have sufficient household income to support adopted child/ren. Adoption assistance is available, but is not intended to cover the actual costs of raising a child.
  • Pass an Adam Walsh Background Check (household members age 18+ must submit fingerprints).
  • Participate in pre-adoption and foster care training (about 25 hours).
  • Actively engage in the home study process.

Many families that adopt through Ampersand Families…

  • Understand the personal and societal cost of allowing young people to age out of foster care without positive family relationships.
  • Choose to adopt from foster care in large part because they view the plight of youth in care as a social justice issue, and want to be part of the solution.
  • Commit to helping maintain birth family and other significant relationships.
  • Are resilient.
  • Often have experienced challenges in their own lives and have done their own therapeutic work.
  • Have a great balance of realistic expectations and great hope for what it means to adopt an older youth.
  • Know that they may need their own therapeutic support as they grow and develop in their new role as a parent to an older wounded, but resilient, youth.
  • Are proactive in reaching out for help.
  • Have a rich network of friends and family who are committed to helping their family succeed.
  • See the value of accessing community-based supports and services.
  • Have and use a sense of humor and irony.
  • Have interests and activities they hope to share with youth.
  • Genuinely enjoy teens.
  • Have to ability to keep focused on the goal of adoption, even when the steps and systemic barriers make the process frustrating.

Why choose Ampersand Families?

I am the oldest of six kids born into a loving and supportive family. We were our parents top priority and our parents poured themselves into nurturing us and being present for us. I am involved with ampersand because it is unconscionable that there are kids in the world that don’t get what I had.

Steve, Board Member

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