Adoption FAQ

Adopting at EVOLVE

Who can adopt? 
At EVOLVE, we believe loving parents should be able to adopt without arbitrary restrictions. We are not religiously or politically affiliated. We work with singles AND couples, as well as people of any age, income level, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and religion. There are many options, and we can help you figure out the best program for your family.

Who do you serve?
EVOLVE Serves all of Minnesota, along with Wisconsin counties within a 200-mile radius of its Stillwater home office: Adams, Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Buffalo, Burnett, Chippewa, Clark, Douglas, Dunn, Eau Claire, Jackson, Juneau, La Crosse, Marathon, Monroe, Pepin, Pierce, Polk, Portage, Rusk, Saint Croix, Sawyer, Taylor, Trempealeau, Vernon, Washburn and Wood; along with parts of the following counties: Crawford, Iron, Langlade, Lincoln, Marquette, Oneida, Price, Richland, Sauk and Waushara.

What adoption programs do you have?
We facilitate Domestic Infant and International adoptions. For prospective adoptive parents living in Minnesota and western Wisconsin, we provide adoption home studies and post placement supervision for U.S. and international adoptions. Meet the families who are a part of the EVOLVE Infant Program here.

Who are the children in need of adoption?
EVOLVE has helped find families for children from the U.S. and 52 other countries. These children are boys and girls ranging in age from one day to 17 years old. Some are healthy, some have special needs, some are part of sibling groups. They come from a variety of situations and ethnic backgrounds.

The Process

How do I get started?
Contact us to learn more about our programs and home study services. If you’re exploring, check out our Training and Support page for upcoming Informational Sessions. You can also set up a free individual information meeting to discuss your questions. There is no waiting list to apply with EVOLVE.

When you are ready to apply, please review the document: Completing an Adoption in MN. After we receive your Application and Services Contract with the application fee, the process begins. (There is no application fee for Foster Care)

What is a home study?
Every adoption requires a home study be done by a licensed agency in your area. EVOLVE is licensed in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

How much does adoption cost?
The cost of an adoption varies by program. For more details on specific program costs, please see our Application and Services Contract.

If a family chooses to have EVOLVE complete their home study while collaborating with another domestic or international agency, the family will pay EVOLVE’s home study/program/post placement fees and all program fees according to their chosen collaborative agency. Although adoption costs can be intimidating on paper, there are many creative ways to pay for adoption.

Please visit our Funding Your Adoption page to connect with helpful resources.

What if I need assistance after adoption?
We believe that support shouldn’t end after your adoption is finalized. We WANT to stay in touch with you! We want to hear your updates and are available to help you work through challenges. We’ll connect you to resources and invite you to our monthly Proactive Parent Support Group. You can register for next month’s Support Group on our Training and Support page.