Especially for Relatives and Kin…

Are you interested in being a resource to a child/ren who you love?  Navigating the child welfare system can be confusing and downright scary.  We know that families experience a variety of challenges as they look for ways to remain connected to those they love in the system.  We hope this page will be helpful in getting a crash course on Knowing Your Rights, directing you to Community Resources, and offering you information about our agency’s services to Relative and Kin families.

Know Your Rights Webinar

Be informed about your rights as a relative/kin family!  This hour-long webinar will explore your rights as relative kin, provide legal information and give you valuable insight into the stages of a child protection case.   Registration is free using this link through MN Adopt.

No Cost Relative/Kin Legal Clinic

We are partnering with the Institute to Transform Child Protection at Mitchell Hamline School of Law to provide free legal advice especially geared towards relatives and kin who are seeking to remain connected to a child they love in the child welfare system.  If you are experiencing barriers or challenges in getting accurate information about what is going on in your family member’s case; or are simply considering being a resource to someone you love and need to get legal advice as you communicate with the court and county team, this clinic might be for you.

For more information and to reserve a spot at the next legal clinic contact Program Director Misty Coonce at 612-605-1903 or

Relative & Kin Services at Ampersand Families

  • Consultation for relatives/kin on their specific family situation
  • Home study and foster care licensing for relatives/kin
  • Placement planning for birth parents involved in child protection case

Community Resources 

LSS Kinship–  Support groups and resources geared towards parenting grandchildren and kin.

MN One Stop for Communities –  Parent mentors who can assist other parents in navigating the child welfare system.  All mentors are parents who have experienced the impact of child protection in their lives.

MN Care Partners–  Variety of services from parenting support to mental and chemical health support.  Their services are especially geared towards marginalized communities.

MN Omsbud Office–  Can provide advocacy support to low-income and families of color who have experienced challenges and discrimination in the child welfare system.

Village Arms–  Agency assisting African American families who have been impacted by child welfare system.  Can help with parent coaching and court advocacy, and other supportive services.

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 […]

Susan, Foundation Executive Director

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