Family Support Services

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.

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Below you will find upcoming events and opportunities for individuals and families in all walks of life:

IGNITE

EVOLVE is excited to announce the IGNITE group for Foster and Adopted Youth; Grades K-5 at St. Croix Prepatory Academy.

Youth who have been separated from their biological families through adoption or foster care need opportunities to connect with other children and families who have similar life experiences. We plan to offer a fun, comfortable environment where youth can connect through a weekly after school group starting September and the Spring.

Please see our IGNITE Flyer for dates and What to Expect!

Who Should Attend: Children K-5

Cost: $50 per child and $40 per sibling

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Connections Program

Ongoing
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.”

 

Parenting Children in a Diverse 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 Parenting in a Diverse 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

August 11, 2018 ~ 9 am – 5 pm, Stillwater Office (Please register by August 9)

October 12, 2018 ~ 9 am – 5 pm, Stillwater Office (Please register by October 10)

December 8, 2018 ~ 9 am – 5 pm, Stillwater Office (Please register by December 5)

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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.”

July 17, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Bloomington Office (Register by July 14)

August 21, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Saint Paul Office (Register by August 18)

September 18, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Stillwater Office (Register by September 15)

October 16, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Bloomington Office (Register by October 13)

November 20, 2018 ~ 7-9 pm Saint Paul Office (Register by November 17)

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