EVOLVE is committed to serving as an antiracist and anti-oppressive organization.
EVOLVE acknowledges that we work within a society and systems of care that are rooted in white supremacy and racism, which frequently result in disparate outcomes for children and families of color. We are committed to dismantling oppression, racism, and other forms of discrimination in all areas of our work to ensure that the children, families and communities we serve receive excellent care and services that enhance and advance their quality of life.
In alignment with the standards of the Child Welfare League of America, EVOLVE cultivates the ability of our staff and our systems of care to respond respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, races, ethnic backgrounds, abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities, gender expressions, and faiths in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the work of the individuals, families, tribes and communities that protects the dignity of each.
EVOLVE Is Defined By Its Core Values
At EVOLVE Family Services, we can provide the personalized support that you would expect from a small, private agency while offering the expertise and program variety of a larger organization. You can expect support through every step of the way, from every perspective of an evolving family.
Our staff embrace and are passionate about working with individuals of any age, ethnicity, culture, or family structure. We have a global perspective that extends beyond the “typical” agency experience, breaking down any barriers towards family formation.
EVOLVE is located anywhere from the heart of the Twin Cities to the middle of the St. Croix Valley but work statewide, as well as in western Wisconsin, to unite children with loving families.
Children are at the center of everything we do. We believe all children benefit from a supportive, stable, and nurturing family and community.
We are committed to dismantling oppression, racism, and other forms of discrimination in all areas of our work with children, families, and communities.
We believe children are better served when we partner across program areas, social and governmental agencies, and within our diverse communities.
We believe integrity, honesty, and accountability are essential in building trusting relationships.
As advocates for systemic change, we are continuously developing and improving upon the ways in which we support our children and families.
Children all over the world are growing up without permanent families. These children are in desperate need of affection, stability, and a place to call home. At EVOLVE, we work diligently to unite these children with families who will love, support, and value them as individuals.
The idea of “family” is evolving every day. We understand that each situation is unique, personal, and significant, and we treat it as such. We welcome and are committed to serving all individuals and families, regardless of race, religion, age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or marital status. Our staff is dedicated to helping families throughout the entire adoption process, supporting them in their transitions, and preparing them for life as a family.
EVOLVE offers a variety of programs because we know families can be built in multiple ways. Our programs are designed to support all evolving individuals and families by:
Providing a variety of Domestic Infant programs to fit the needs of those families looking to adopt an infant from anywhere in the US.
Guiding and supporting families in our International Adoption programs as they grow their family through the adoption of children in need of families all over the world.
Recruiting and training families interested in our Foster Care program. These families serve as foundational support for children in times of life transition.
Offering free, unbiased support to those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy, in our Pregnancy Services program. Our pregnancy counselors help women and their families know their options and make the decisions that are best for them, free of judgment or pressure.
Providing free Therapeutic Services to past or current EVOLVE clients to better care for our families. EVOLVE also assists counties with providing services to families and youth involved with child protection.
A world where everyone has nurturing, permanent and supportive familial relationships.
EVOLVE Adoption & Family Services was formed in the summer of 2014 through a union of two strong, growing agencies with each over 38 years of adoption and family support experience: Crossroads Adoption Services and HOPE Adoption & Family Services. EVOLVE operates as a nonprofit corporation originating from the 1977 licensure and continues to evolve based on the needs of our community.
Crossroads Adoption Services was licensed as a child-placing agency by the State of Minnesota under the name of OURS Children’s Services. Crossroads’ primary focus was working with children and families who weren’t being served by other agencies due to varying restrictions. Crossroads worked hard to unite children born both domestically, as well as internationally, from countries all over the world, such as China, Colombia, India, Nepal, The Philippines, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Vietnam, and others.
HOPE Adoption & Family Services started after a group of friends attempting to adopt realized that agencies during that time were either not doing international adoptions or that those agencies were only open to certain types of families. These friends decided their organization would be founded on inclusivity–focusing on the many children who waited, but also on the individualism of families ready to open their hearts.
Throughout these 40 plus years of service to our community, our combined agencies have helped over 7,000 children unite with permanent, loving families through foster care adoption, domestic adoption, and international adoption. We also served over 500 individuals and families experiencing an unplanned pregnancy through pregnancy services and assisted hundreds of families interested in foster care.
Equal Opportunity Statement and Non-Discrimination Policy
The Board of Directors of EVOLVE is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons. It is the policy of the agency, in recognition of the essential rights of all children and individuals, to provide agency services without regard to race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, union or political affiliation, religion, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital status, disability, or reliance on public assistance except where a bonafide qualification exists.