Who does EVOLVE serve?
EVOLVE serves teens, women, men, couples and families who are exploring their options. 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.
How can EVOLVE assist me?
EVOLVE provides free, confidential, comprehensive, non-judgmental decision making counseling. We want to help you develop the plan that you feel is best for you and your child. We’ll meet with you wherever you feel most comfortable (your home, our office, a community location, etc.). Our services are available before and after the birth of the child.
Do I have to choose adoption?
No. EVOLVE will never pressure you to choose adoption. We have no religious or political affiliations. If you decide parenting is best for you and your child, your counselor will continue to provide advocacy, support and resources to you regardless of your final decision.
How much do EVOLVE ’s support services cost?
There is no cost to you.
I have an infant or small child and want to explore my options. Can EVOLVE help me?
Yes. A pregnancy counselor can meet with you about your options, connect you to resources, and if you choose, bridge care.
Are services available to expectant fathers?
We encourage fathers to be actively involved in the decision-making process. EVOLVE can work with both parents together, or if you prefer, separately. Each of you can have your own counselor if you wish. If you choose adoption, we encourage fathers to remain involved and have a relationship with the child.
If I choose adoption, can I choose a family?
You choose the family you want to adopt your child. You may choose from the diverse approved families seeking to adopt through EVOLVE, or you may connect with someone outside the agency that you know. All adoptive families must have a completed home study.
How do I know if a family will be good parents?
All EVOLVE Waiting Families are approved by our agency. The families must go through a rigorous home study process, background checks, training, social worker interviews and home visits. You can meet with as many families as you would like.
Can I change my mind?
You can change your mind regarding adoption at any time prior to completing the legal process to end your parental rights. The timeframe is dependent on state laws, but in both Minnesota and Wisconsin the legal process cannot take place until after the baby is born. Your pregnancy counselor will discuss how the state laws apply to your situation.
Who decides how much contact I have with my child after an adoption?
You decide how much contact you want with the adopting family, now and in the future. We can help you and the adoptive family develop a plan for openness and ongoing contact.
Speak with a Pregnancy Counselor
If you have questions about our Pregnancy Services department, or would like to talk with one of our pregnancy counselors, please call our main office at 651-439-2446 or fill out the contact form below.
If you have an urgent need and would like to speak with a counselor outside of office hours, call or text our On Call line at 651-323-0875.