EVOLVE is Defined by Its Core Values
In all we do, we consider the lifelong impact on a child.
Working together, we are stronger.
The unique strength, voice and experiences of every individual are valued.
Passionate, fun and hope-filled people can change the world.
Innovation and continued learning are crucial.
Without compromising the truth, we are honest and respectful.
Vision and Mission
Our Vision: A world where everyone has nurturing, permanent and supportive familial relationships.
Children all over the world are growing up without permanent families. These children are in desperate need of affection, stability, and a place to call home. At EVOLVE, we work diligently to unite these children with families who will love, support, and value them as individuals.
The idea of “family” is evolving every day. We understand that each situation is unique, personal, and significant, and we treat it as such. We welcome and are committed to serving all individuals and families, regardless of race, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status. Our staff is dedicated to helping families throughout the entire adoption process, supporting them in their transitions, and preparing them for life as a family.
EVOLVE offers a variety of programs because we know families can be built in multiple ways. Our programs are designed to support all evolving individuals and families by:
Providing a variety of Domestic Infant programs to fit the needs of those families looking to adopt an infant from anywhere in the US.
Guiding and supporting families in our International Adoption programs as they grow their family through the adoption of children in need of families all over the world.
Recruiting and training families interested in our Foster Care program. These families serve as foundational support for children in times of life transition.
Offering free, unbiased support to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, in our Pregnancy Services program. Our pregnancy counselors help women and their families know their options and make the decisions that are best for them, free of judgment or pressure.
Working with children directly, taking time to get to know them, their interests, and what makes them unique in our Child-Focused Recruitment program. Statistics have shown the value of individually preparing and supporting children in foster care on their journey to find a family.
Why Choose EVOLVE?
At EVOLVE, we can provide the personalized support that you would expect from a small, private agency, while offering the expertise and program variety of a larger organization. You can expect support through every step of way, from every perspective of an evolving family.
Our staff embrace and are passionate about working with individuals of any age, ethnicity, culture, or family structure. We have a global perspective that extends beyond the “typical” agency experience, breaking down any barriers towards family formation.
We’re located anywhere from the heart of the Twin Cities to the middle of the St. Croix Valley but work statewide, as well as in western Wisconsin, to unite children with loving families.
A Rich History
EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services was formed in the summer of 2014 through a union of two strong, growing agencies with each over 38 years of adoption and family support experience: Crossroads Adoption Services and HOPE Adoption & Family Services. EVOLVE operates as a nonprofit corporation originating from the 1977 licensure and continues to evolve based on the needs of our community.
Crossroads Adoption Services was licensed as a child-placing agency by the State of Minnesota under the name of OURS Children’s Services. Crossroads’ primary focus was working with children and families who weren’t being served by other agencies due to varying restrictions. Crossroads worked hard to unite children born both domestically, as well as internationally, from countries all over the world, such as China, Colombia, India, Nepal, The Philippines, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and others.
HOPE Adoption & Family Services started after a group of friends attempting to adopt internationally realized that agencies during that time were either not doing international adoptions or that those agencies were only open to certain types of families. These friends decided their organization would be founded on inclusivity–focusing on the many children who waited, but also on the individualism of families ready to open their hearts.
Throughout these 40 years of service to our community, our combined agencies have helped over 7,000 children unite with permanent, loving families through foster care adoption, domestic adoption, and international adoption. We also served over 500 individuals and families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy through pregnancy services and assisted hundreds of families interested in foster care.
Equal Opportunity Statement and Non-Discrimination Policy
The Board of Directors of EVOLVE is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons. It is the policy of the agency, in recognition of the essential rights of all children and individuals, to provide agency services without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, union or political affiliation, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, or reliance on public assistance except where a bonafide qualification exists.