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Former foster child gives back to EVOLVE

Greg Tuenge, a former foster child, thanked EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services employees with bagels because he and his family have been touched by foster care and adoption.


EVOLVE bolsters support services for families

In recent years, EVOLVE bolstered its programming to empower families to be a base for children. Many of these changes center in our Family & Youth Services programs.

Vern and Edie Hophan eat breakfast during an April 12, 2018, party to celebrate their retirement from about five years as EVOLVE volunteers.

EVOLVE thanks retiring volunteers Edie and Vern

On April 12, 2018, EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services recognized the hard work and dedication of volunteers Edie and Vern Hophan with a celebratory breakfast.


EVOLVE connects families with adoption financing help

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services partners with Your Adoption Finance Coach, and includes the service as part of EVOLVE’s adoption process. Founder Kelly Ellison offers a simple metaphor to describe Your Adoption Finance Coach: “You don’t go buy a car without visiting the finance department.”

Registration opens for Families FORE Kids 2018

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services will host its annual Families FORE Kids Golf Tournament & Banquet on June 25, 2018, at The Royal Club. Learn more and register here!  


In the Gazette: EVOLVE celebrates 40 years

The Stillwater Gazette reports on EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services celebrating 40 years.


EVOLVE named Stillwater’s Non-Profit of the Year!

EVOLVE won non-profit of the year in the Greater Stillwater Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Community Awards. We are so excited to receive this award, and we thank the Chamber for their continued partnership and support!


In the Star Tribune: Baby who survived Guatemala earthquake now embraces motherhood in White Bear Lake

The Star Tribune chronicles EVOLVE board member Ali Adsit’s incredible journey from being discovered as a newborn in the rubble of a Guatemalan earthquake to being one of EVOLVE’s first adopted children and today being a mother and EVOLVE leader.

Foster parents: EVOLVE classes helped us prepare

“I thought they were wonderful, very informative.” 

We found a common theme from talking with families at a recent Foster Care Family Picnic: Our foster parents have found many benefits from EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services’ training and classes.  

Ruby Gala to celebrate 40 years of EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services

Red Tie Event to celebrate with signature drinks, hors d’oeuvres, a program, a celebration, games, a dance, a photo booth and more. 

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services invites you to join us in celebrating our 40th anniversary through the Ruby Gala from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Friday, October 2017, at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, 40 Power St. Minneapolis, MN.  

EVOLVE workers headed to Philippines for conference

Team seeking donations to visit orphanages

Lyla Omernik and Whitney Ryan will attend the 14th Philippine Global Consultation on Child Welfare Services from Sept. 6 to 8 and will also visit two orphanages in the Philippines. You can help out!



4th Kickball 4 A Cause draws 8 teams

2 Legit to Kick took best team name and won the tourney

EVOLVE’s Next Generation Leaders hosted the 4th Kickball 4 A Cause on Saturday, August 19.



Photo courtesy of Babies Need Boxes.

Photo courtesy of Babies Need Boxes.

EVOLVE News: A boost to baby safety

EVOLVE working with Babies Need Boxes

EVOLVE’s Stillwater and St. Paul officers will serve as a distribution site for the nonprofit Babies Need Boxes, which provides free cardboard boxes that serve as a safe sleeper for babies.

Lia and Kaylee Zimmerman were adopted through what is now Evolve Adoption & Family Services. They returned in early August 2017 to help out at EVOLVE's Stillwater office as volunteers.

EVOLVE News: Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteers Lia and Kaylee Zimmerman

Lia and Kaylee Zimmerman were hard at work at EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services’ Stillwater office earlier this week. Kaylee donned gloves and helped her mom pull weeds as Lia helped print EVOLVE’s newsletter.


EVOLVE Communication Specialist Jason Schoonover poses with his fiancee, Megan.

EVOLVE News: Staff Spotlight

Jason Schoonover is EVOLVE’s new communication specialist

Schoonover loves telling stories. And he’l bringing you all the latest news and happenings from EVOLVE, as well as highlighting EVOLVE’s many programs.


Press Release ~ May 4, 2017

EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services Announces New Organization Chart

Innovative services have created opportunities to better serve our community.The 2016 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption, as required by Section 104 of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000


Annual Report on Intercountry Adoptions Narrative

The Office of Children’s Issues (CI), part of the Bureau of Consular Affairs at the U.S. Department of State – April 2017

The 2016 Annual Report on Intercountry Adoption, as required by Section 104 of the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000, provides data and other information on intercountry adoptions to and from the United States from October 1, 2015, through September 30, 2016. The report is released after a thorough review of the available data to ensure the information is accurate. In addition to the actual data, this review includes a summary of the Bureau of Consular Affairs, Office of Children’s Issues, Adoption Division’s efforts for the fiscal year.


Mankato Couple Brings Home Adopted Child After 11 Months

By Brittany Kemmerer, KEYC News 12 – February 2017


Vikings Adoption Fun Fest Includes Special Surprise

By Minnesota Vikings – December 2016


Adoption Agencies Serving Children in Foster Care

Adoption Advocate #95

By Nicole Deters Spader and Jackie Craig – May 2016


‘Detectives’ unearth long-lost links for kids needing adoption

A Twin Cities adoption agency uses technology to explore all of a child’s options.

By Erin Adler Star Tribune – DECEMBER 22, 2015 – 8:07AM


Local adoption agency focuses on older children during National Adoption Month

Stillwater Gazette – November 30, 2015 – 3:55PM


Ramsey County adoptions knit new families together

Judges, parents and 31 children celebrated as Ramsey County makes placements permanent.

By Jim Buchta Star Tribune – NOVEMBER 21, 2015 – 5:29PM


Minnesota woman adopts 4 more children to reunite siblings

A Minnesota woman is melting hearts after adopting 4 more children just to reunite the siblings.

By: Maury Glover Fox9 KMSP – NOVEMBER 20, 2015 – 09:03PM 


Families celebration adoption day

12 News Video – November 23, 2015


Oak Park Heights-based HOPE Adoption merges to form EVOLVE

Stillwater Gazette – October 10, 2014 – 9:38AM