Throughout the year, EVOLVE offers many opportunities for families who wish to participate in events or ongoing support tailored specifically for adoptive families, foster care providers, adoptive persons, youth in foster care, or anyone interested in strengthening their family through additional support.
Below you will find upcoming events and opportunities for individuals and families in all walks of life:
EVOLVE now has a program to help connect individuals in Minnesota and western Wisconsin who have shared similar experiences. It’s called Connections, and it’s goal is to bring together adoptive parents, adult adoptees, birth parents, foster parents, pre-adoptive parents, and more!
Community Connections events create a space to come together face-to-face with other parents, families, and prospective families in the local foster and adoption community, to share stories and support and to build lasting connections with one another.
Disclosure: By participating in the Connections Program, you are agreeing to the following: “The information I share in this group will remain confidential, with some limited exceptions. If EVOLVE staff or the facilitators of the group reasonably suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is a victim of abuse or neglect, or a pregnant woman is using alcohol or controlled substances, we are required by law to disclose private information which identifies you to a public authority.”
Multicultural Parenting in a Racist Society
Through small group discussion, lecture, and question-answer, participants explore what ethnic minority children need from their parents, siblings and other caring adults in order to grow up with strong self-esteem. Check out our Multicultural Parenting in a Racist Society flyer!
Who Should Attend: This is open to the general public.
Cost: Free for EVOLVE clients; $50 per family (up to 2 adults) or $50 per professional
February 10, 2018 ~ 9 am – 4 pm, Stillwater Office (Please register by Feb. 7)
April 14, 2018 ~ 9 am – 4 pm, Stillwater Office (Please register by April 11)
Proactive Parenting Support Group
The Proactive Parenting Support Group (formerly, Therapeutic Support Group) is a place for current or prospective adoptive parents and those who provide foster care to encourage one another through community, education, and common understanding. The group is moderated by two psychologists and topics vary by week. Pre-registration is preferred, but not required. Childcare and/or youth activities may be available, however we must be notified if childcare is necessary. For more information, see our Proactive Parenting Support Group flyer.
Who Should Attend: This group is open to the public.
Cost: Free for current or former EVOLVE, Crossroads, or HOPE clients; $10 for non-clients
Disclosure: By participating in the Proactive Parenting Support Group, you are agreeing to the following: “The information I share in this group will remain confidential, with some limited exceptions. If EVOLVE staff or the facilitators of the group reasonably suspect that a child or vulnerable adult is a victim of abuse or neglect, or a pregnant woman is using alcohol or controlled substances, we are required by law to disclose private information which identifies you to a public authority.”
January 16, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Bloomington Office (Register by January 15)
February 20, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Saint Paul Office (Register by February 17)
March 20, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Stillwater Office (Register by March 17)