Minnesota Foster Care and Adoption

Adoption in Minnesota

Adoptive parents in Minnesota may be single, married, or same sex partners. Married persons or couples must have been married for at least one year. Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old but there is generally no upper age limit placed on the adopting parents. They can be experienced in parenting or not, own or rent the house they live. 

As part of the home study and application process, adoptive parents are required to complete a Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting (MAPP) class and the Deciding Together curriculum, and may also be required to take the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory- 2 (MMPI-2).

Foster Care in Minnesota

The requirements for prospective foster parents are similar to those of the adoptive parents. The following are the steps a prospective foster parent has to take:

  1. Contact the county or a social service agency 
  2. Complete the application and fact sheet – Minnesota offers one application for child foster care licensing and adoption. In order to be a licensed foster care provider, you need to complete and submit the application for child placement and individual fact sheet. 
  3. Initiate a background study – foster care background studies are required for everyone in the home 13 years of age and older and are completed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services. 
  4. Have a home study completed
  5. Receive foster care license – This license is good for either one or two years. Prior to the expiration date, the assessment will need to be updated to renew the license.
  6. Participate in training

Below you can find names, summaries, and contact information for agencies providing adoption and foster care services and helpful information.

180 Degrees Inc.

180 Degrees is a multi-cultural 501(c)(3) organization operating a variety of programs and services dedicated to turning lives around. 

180 Degrees’ Professional Family Foster Homes program is a network of families in Mankato, Rochester, Albert Lea, St. Cloud and surrounding communities. 180 Degrees provides foster families with placements, individual case plans, licensing compliance, and crisis consultation (24/7).

236 Clifton Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Phone: (612) 813-5000
Email: info@180degrees.org
License number: 1062259

Adoption Minnesota

Adoption Minnesota offers  a variety of services to adoptive parents, including: 

  • American Adoption Package- an all-inclusive package of services providing everything adoptive families need to pursue an American infant adoption
  • Home Study Only Option
  • Birth Parent Counseling Option
  • Adoption Coordination Option
  • Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children (ICPC)

111 Third Avenue South
Suite 370
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Phone: 612-333-0489
Email: info@adoptionmn.com

America World – MINNESOTA

America World Adoption Association is a not-for-profit, 501(c) (3) corporation that supports families in every step of the adoption process

America World offers international and domestic adoption programs and also helps families with the adoption of older children and children with special needs through their Waiting Children programs. 

8300 Mississippi Boulevard
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
Phone: 800-429-3369 x 165
Email: minnesota@awaa.org

License number: 1036061

American Indian Family and Childrens Services, Inc

AIFACS places American Indian foster children in culturally specific foster homes and recruits, licenses, trains, supervises and supports American Indian foster homes within the whole state of Minnesota.

P.O. Box 40
McGregor, MN, 55760
Phone: (218) 768-2892

25 Empire Drive
St. Paul, MN 55103
Phone: (651) 223-8526
             (866) 223-8330

License number: 806137

Bethany Christian Services

Bethany Christian Services is a global nonprofit organization that brings families together and keeps families together. Bethany is a full-service agency that is fully accredited.

The agency’s goal is to provide stability for foster children by providing stable loving families to care for them. Bethany Christian Services help families to be prepared to take foster care placement of children who have a dual plan of return home and adoption. Families willing to take on a legal risk will be supported in working towards reunification with birth families while at the same time making a long term commitment to a child or sibling group.

The agency provides Infant Adoption, International Adoption, Foster Care Adoption services, Domestic Foster Care, and Post Adoption Support. 

3025 Harbor Lane North
Suite 316
Plymouth, Minnesota 55447
Phone: (763) 553-0344
             (866) 321-1964
Email: bcsplymouth@bethany.org

License number: 800187 

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Winona is a not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) corporation of the State of Minnesota. The programs of Catholic Charities provide help to thousands of people throughout the diocese.  The programs include Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling; Pregnancy, Parenting and Adoption; Guardian and Conservartor Program; Adopted Adult and Birthparent Searches and others. 

Catholic Charities offers domestic infant adoption services and completes home studies for families seeking international adoption.

Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona; Albert Lea, MN Office
308 East Fountain
Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007
Phone: (507) 377-3664
             (800) 222-5859

Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona; Austin, MN Office
430 10th Street NE, Suite 3
PO Box 366
Austin, Minnesota 55912
Phone: (507) 433-3062
             (800) 222-5859

Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona; Mankato, MN Office
101 North 2nd Street, Suite 106
Mankato, Minnesota 56001
Phone: (507) 387-5586
             (800) 222-5859

Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona; Owatonna, MN Office
577 State Ave.
Owatonna, Minnesota 55060
Phone: (507) 455-2008
             (800) 222-5859

Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona; Rochester, MN Office
903 West Center Street
Suite 220
Rochester, Minnesota 55902
Phone: (507) 287-2047
             (800) 222-5859

Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona; Winona, MN Office
111 Market Street, Suite 2
PO Box 379
Winona, Minnesota 55987
Phone: (507) 454-2270
             (800) 222-5859

Catholic Charities Diocese of Winona; Worthington, MN Office
1234 Oxford Street
PO Box 802
Worthington, Minnesota 56187
Phone: (507) 376-9757
             (800) 222-5859

Email: info@ccwinona.org
License number: 800333

Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud

Catholic Charities, located in St. Cloud, Minnesota, is licensed by the State of Minnesota as a child-placing agency primarily offering domestic infant adoption, but also facilitating international adoptions in partnership with Holt International Children’s Services and All God’s Children’s International.

Catholic Charities also offers Post-adoption support for birth parents, adopted adults, or adoptive families whose adoption was facilitated by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of St. Cloud. These services include searches and facilitations of reunions, counseling, and education. 

157 Roosevelt Rd, Ste 200
St. Cloud, MN 56301
Phone: 320.650.1666
             1.800.830.8254, ext. 4666
Email: jmeyer@ccstcloud.org

License number: 800316 

Children’s Home Society of Minnesota (in partnership with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota)

Children’s Home and LSS of Minnesota are separate legal entities who work under an affiliation. They have combined complementary adoption services, high standards of quality and experience creating and supporting families. These services include international adoption, foster care adoption, domestic infant adoption programs, as well as programs for adopting same-sex couples, LGBT individuals and single parents. 

1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 651.646.7771
Email: welcome@chsfs.org

License number: 800411

Embracing Children Adoption Services

ECAS is a non-profit 501(c)(3) Minnesota licensed adoption agency, one of the first American international adoption agencies to be granted full Hague Accreditation in 2008. ECAS offers home study services and international adoption programs (China waiting children program, Uganda Guardianship Program, Ukraine programs, Sierra Leone Pilot program and Bulgarian program). 

6050 Chesire Ln
Plymouth, MN 55446
Phone:  (877) 697-4854
              (763) 694-6131
Email: info@ecasus.org

License number: 830779

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services is a private, non-profit adoption and family support agencyserving Minnesota and western Wisconsin. The agency provides a variety of Domestic Infant adoption, International Adoption, Foster Care programs. 

5850 Omaha Avenue North
Stillwater, MN 55082
Phone: (651) 439-2446
             (952) 831-5707
Email: evolve@evolveservices.org

7600 Parklawn Ave, Suite 352
Edina, MN 55435
Phone: (651) 439-2446
             (952) 831-5707
Email: evolve@evolveservices.org

License number: 801079

God’s Children Adoption Agency, Inc.

GCAA provides home study assessments, direct placement services, partnerships with Christian placement agencies working both domestically and internationally, advocacy for the families during the referral and placement process, post placement supervision and finalization services. 

PO Box 640
Barnesville, Minnesota 56514
Phone: (701) 361-9734
             (877) 233-2025
Email: lindsey.ness@adoptgodschildren.com

License number: 1030341 

Legacy Of Adoption

Legacy Of Adoption is a non-profit private adoption agency licensed in Minnesota.  The agency serves children, birth parents and adoptive families through very personalized services including counseling, resources, education, training, and recruitment.  Legacy Of Adoption works with all types of adoption, Domestic Private Adoption, International Adoption and Foster Care / Waiting Children Adoption.

15010 Glazier Avenue, Suite 103
Apple Valley, MN  55124
Phone: (651) 460 – 2298
License number: 1074618 

New Horizons Adoption Agency, Inc.

New Horizons Adoption Agency, Inc. is an independent, non-profit Christian agency licensed in the states of Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota. New Horizons offers several different types of adoption, including both domestic and international programs.  

The services include:
● Pre- and post-placement counseling support, and services for birth parents
● Referral counseling and Christian alternatives if needed services, pre- and post placement counseling, education, support, and services for adoptive parents are not possible to provide
● State-licensed home studies
● Assistance, counseling, and support during the adoption process and after finalization
● Referrals for medical and legal services
● Partner Family Program matches a family that is in the adoption process with a family that has completed their adoption.

302 South Grove Street
PO Box 188
Blue Earth, Minnesota 56013
Phone: (507) 526-3518

License number: 801698 

New Life Family Services

New Life Family Services operates as both a pregnancy resource center and a licensed adoption agency and offers comprehensive adoption services for both birth parents and adoptive parents.

1515 East 66th St.
Richfield, MN 55423
Phone: (612) 866-7643

Adoption Inquiries & Post-Adoption Department
Phone: (612) 746-5658
Email:  adoption@nlfs.org

University Campus
2900 University Ave. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: (612) 623-8378
Email: univ@nlfs.org

Richfield Shoppes North
6517 Nicollet Ave. S.
Richfield, MN 55423
Phone: (612) 866-7643
Email: info@nlfs.org

902 North Broadway
Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: (507) 282-3377
Email: rochester@nlfs.org

Sun Ray Shopping Center
2109 Old Hudson Road
Saint Paul, MN 55119
Phone: (651) 730-4342
Email: stpaul@nlfs.org

License number: 801700

North Homes Children and Family Services

North Homes Children and Family Services is licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services as a resource for foster care that has over 100 licensed professional foster homes throughout the state of Minnesota. The agency provides foster families with:

  • Supportive case managers who are available 24 hours a day
  • Personalized case management with frequent face-to-face visits
  • Individualized staffing meetings every 90 days with the child’s entire treatment team
  • Easy access to North Homes Children and Family Services’ full continuum of care
  • Careful placement considerations determined by the individual needs of each child
  • Access to respite care hours
  • Frequent training regarding foster care specific topics

North Homes Adoption also serves children age 0-17 in addition to families from all over the state of Minnesota who wish to adopt a child through the Minnesota Waiting Program.

1880 River Road
Grand Rapids, Minnesota 55744
Phone: (218) 327-3000
             (888) 430-3055 

4225 Technology Dr. NW
Bemidji, MN 56601
Phone:  (218) 751-0282

313 Main Ave. E
Deer River, MN 56636
Phone: (218) 208-2233

324 W. Superior St. Suite 400
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone:  (218) 733-3000
Email: info@northhomesinc.org
License number: 804156

PATH, Inc.

PATH is a licensed adoption agency that provides adoption services, treatment foster care, and child and family services. PATH began in Minnesota in response to a need for stronger support and training for foster parents and social workers who work with youth in foster care and expanded into new geographic areas and new services. 

Minnesota Treatment Foster Care (TFC) involves intensive services utilizing highly trained foster parents providing care for children with psychiatric conditions involving severe emotional and behavioral problems. 

Other services include Intensive Treatment Foster Care, Whole Family Placement, Emergency Shelter Foster Family Care, and Children’s Therapeutic Support Services.

125 W. Lincoln Ave Suite 10
Fergus Falls, MN 56537
Phone: 218-998-6715

1700 N Broadway, Suite 160
Rochester, MN 55906
Phone: 507-923-4030

2320 River Road  
Windom, MN  56101
Phone: 507-831-0239

5985 Rice Creek Parkway Suite 205
Shoreview, MN 55126
Phone: 612-259-1600
Email: info@pathinc.org

Pinehaven Youth and Family Services, Inc. 

Pinehaven Youth and Family Services, Inc. is a nonprofit 501(c)3 agency that provides family foster care services for children and youth ages birth to 21, corporate foster care for teen males and adoption placement services for Minnesota Waiting Children, as well as training in family support to homes licensed through, adopting through, or working with this agency.

Pinehaven Youth and Family Services, Inc. is licensed through the MN Department of Human Services to license, supervise and support Minnesota families interested in fostering.

Services to Adoptive Families include:

  • Completion of an adoption homestudy
  • Assistance in seeking pre-adoption training and on-going training
  • Child matching
  • Pre-placement support
  • Post placement support
  • Post finalization support 

13039 Evergreen Drive
Baxter, MN 56425 

PO Box 667
Brainerd, MN 56401
Phone: 218-828-2027
Email: information@pinehaven-mn.org
License number: 1046389

Summit Adoption Home Studies, Inc.

Summit Adoption Home Studies is an adoption agency licensed under the laws of Minnesota and specializing in licensed adoption home study services for residents of Minnesota for domestic adoptions, designated adoptions or embryo donation programs.

1389 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
Phone: 651-645-6657
Email: summitadopt@uswest.net
License number: 807961