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Adoption in the Minneapolis - St. Paul Area


Do you have everything you ever wanted in life, except a child? Are you ready to become the most important part of a child's life, forever? The Minneapolis-St. Paul area has several agencies worth looking into, and Minnesota adoption offers many options to families. You may adopt an infant or older child through an international adoption, an infant through domestic adoption, or an older child or special needs child through domestic foster care adoption.


Who May Adopt in Minnesota
There are few regulations on adoptive parents. Adoptive parents may be single, married, or same sex partners. Adoptive parents must be at least 21 years old but there is generally no upper age limit placed on the adopting parents.


A Home Study
All Minnesota adoptions require a home study. A home study is a written report of the findings of the social worker who has met with the applicants on several occasions, both individually and together, usually at the social worker's office, with at least one visit to the applicant's home. The applicant's are required to submit background checks, fingerprinting, financial means verification, as well as very personal discussions about your marriage or divorce, your childhood, family relationships, and parenting styles. The home study helps the courts and the adoption agency determine if a stable environment exists for a family to receive an adoptive placement.


  • Lutheran Social Service
    Established in 1865, Lutheran Social Service, located in Minneapolis, applies current best-practices to all adoption work, from pregnancy counseling services, to facilitating open adoptions, to preparing and supporting parents in special needs and international adoptions, to working with other professionals for designated adoptions. Lutheran Social Service also provides a full range of post adoption services to birthparents, adoptive families and adopted adults.

  • The Children's Home Society and Family Services
    The Children's Home Society and Family Services, located in St. Paul, is the third largest adoption provider in the United States, and Minnesota's largest. Services include international, domestic infant and older-child adoption programs, education and support through Post-Adoption Services and pregnancy counseling. The Children's Home Society and Family Services have found permanent, loving families for more than 22,000 children since 1889.

  • Bethany Christian Services of Minnesota
    Bethany Christian Services of Minnesota is a Christian adoption and family services agency. Located in Plymouth and Willmar, Bethany of Minnesota provides birthparent assistance, domestic infant adoption, international adoption, older and special needs adoption and interim foster care.

  • Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis
    Located in Minneapolis, Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis provides adoption services for those considering adoptive placement and for couples who want to adopt. Using a sliding scale based on income, Catholic Charities provide adoption supervision and finalization, counseling, education, adoptive parenting information and support groups.

  • Although not a child placement agency, the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network (MARN), contributes by helping adoption agencies recruit and train prospective families, providing continuing education, advocacy and support to people whose lives are influenced by issues of adoption, and heightening the visibility of children in the foster care system who are in need of permanent families. MARN also provides parenting resources, such as information concerning the adoption process, training for potential adoptive parents and foster parents and continuing education and support to people whose lives are impacted by adoption.


Many of Minnesota's waiting children include, but are not limited to, those with problems ranging from abuse, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, drug exposure in utero, underlying emotional issues, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, learning disabilities, to neglect, and sexual abuse. There is no substitute for a family. A permanent family can be a healing place for a wounded child. In a committed, nurturing family, the child can become an adult who succeeds in life.



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