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Your support moves teens from foster care into adoptive families.

A month ago, 15 year old Valerie called her Ampersand Families Permanency Specialist and told her that she was packing up her summer clothes, making room for winter clothes. She was in tears on the phone, because it occurred to her as she packed that she might still be in the same group home next summer and having to unpack her summer clothes, another year without a family.

Last week, Valerie unpacked her bags for the last time. After years of waiting, she is settling into the idea that she has committed parents who are prepared to walk with her into adulthood.


Your donation will help…

Recruit more families.  

Hundreds of older youth are in limbo in the state’s foster care system.

Prepare kids and families for their permanent commitment.

The road to adoption requires months of relationship-building, training and time-consuming official steps.

Create support networks for youth and parents.

Finalizing adoption is just the beginning; lifelong success for kids and families requires long-term educational, medical or therapeutic services.


To restore belonging, dignity and hope to Minnesota’s foster care youth:

  • Make a one-time or recurring gift online now.
  • Send your check, payable to Ampersand Families, to 2515 Wabash Avenue, Suite 150, St Paul, MN 55114.
  • Give in honor or memory of a special person or important occasion by mail or online.
  • Let us know if your employer matches your charitable giving. 
  • Ampersand Families can accept your gift of stock.  If you would like to donate stock, please contact Al Willig, 612.559.0069, for transfer instructions.


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To make a planned gift or learn about other ways to contribute, contact Michelle Chalmers at or 612.605.1904. Thank you!

Ampersand Families is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions as allowed by law. Please view our Donor Privacy Policy to learn how we respect and protect your personal information.

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Why choose Ampersand Families?

“In my work, I read hundreds of grant requests and get to know many nonprofit organizations.  I can say with certainty that Ampersand Families is special. It’s special because of the youth and families they serve, because of the skills and passion staff bring to their jobs and because of the vision and fortitude of their executive director, Michelle Chalmers.”
—Susan Carter, Executive Director, WCA Foundation

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