EVOLVE is recently contracted with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to support and facilitate the adoption through foster care process for families interested in adopting children, under state guardianship. The goal of this program is to achieve permanency for youth. Families must be open to siblings groups, school-aged children and teens. There are very few costs associated with EVOLVE’s Foster Adoption in Minnesota Program, as the costs are covered through our contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
The first step is to attend an EVOLVE Informational Session. To register, use the button below:
The Children Who Are Waiting
The children and youth who are waiting for adoption are under state guardianship. Children, under state guardianship have experienced various forms and varying degrees of trauma, including neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse and/or sexual abuse. According to the Department of Human Services the following is true regarding the children who are awaiting adoption:
• 34% of the youth waiting for an adoptive resource are between the age of 6-12 years old
• 43% of the youth waiting for an adoptive resource are between the age of 12-18 years old
• 56% of the youth waiting for an adoptive resource are part of a sibling group
• 66% documented special need including physical, mental, emotional, or behavioral health disability
Additionally, children of color and LGBTQ+ youth are disproportionately represented within the child welfare system and among the children under state guardianship, awaiting adoption. In that way, families interested in Foster Adoption in Minnesota must be open to adopting school-aged children and/or sibling groups.