EVOLVE Family Services provides a variety of services to youth, involved in the child welfare system. These services include Child-Specific Recruitment, Social Medical Histories and Successful Transitions to Adulthood for Youth. Descriptions of the programs are below.

Child-Specific Recruitment:

EVOLVE Family Service is contracted with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide child-specific recruitment for youth. This service is free to Counties, who are in need of recruitment services for the youth they serve. EVOLVE provides this service statewide. EVOLVE’s child-centered approach leads with the importance of the unique strengths and needs of each youth, developing a trusting relationship through meaningful engagement, and prioritizing their voice and preferences. Through this service we dive deep into their history, previous and existing connections, work to identify and assess appropriate prospective adoptive families, engage in Lifebook work, prepare youth for permanency, and support them through transition into their adoptive family’s home. Ultimately, EVOLVE seeks to find permanency for the youth it serves. If you have a youth, in need of recruitment services, please complete the Child-Specific Recruitment Referral Form.

Social Medical Histories:

EVOLVE understands the importance of social medical histories for youth who have been in foster care. The set of documents that make up a social medical history are available to youth when they turn 19 years old. The social medical history provides youth and adoptive families information about medical history, education, birth family, siblings, trauma history, etc. EVOLVE completes interviews with foster providers and birth families, as well as requests records to ultimately write and provide a comprehensive history for foster and adopted youth. EVOLVE is currently contracted with Ramsey County and Dakota County to complete social medical histories.

Successful Transitions to Adulthood for Youth (STAY):

EVOLVE Family Services is contracted with the Department of Human Services (DHS) to provide Successful Transitions to Adulthood for Youth (STAY) Services. EVOLVE currently serves the following counties: Southwest Health and Human Services (consisting of 6 counties: Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Pipestone, Redwood, and Rock), Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services (consisting of 2 counties: Cottonwood and Jackson), Nobles County, Chisago County, Isanti County, Kanabec County, and Pine County. EVOLVE provides individual case management services, group life skills development and will facilitate two Youth Leadership Councils. Individual case management services include development of an independent living plan, resource development, life skill development and goal planning related to a youth’s transition into adulthood. Group life skills development will include 10-week group sessions focused on a variety of topics, including housing, finance, education, hygiene, healthy and supportive relationships, career development, transportation, etc. Youth Leadership Councils will provide youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills and advocate for policy and practice changes surrounding issues that impact them.

General Eligibility Requirements (Eligibility will be confirmed, upon referral):

Eligible Youth for Individual Case Management Services:

  • Youth, who are 17 ¾ - 23 years old, who have been in out-of-home placement/foster care
  • No longer in placement

Eligible Youth for Group Life Skills Development

  • Youth aged 14-23 years old, who have been in out-of-home placement/foster care

Eligible Youth for Youth Leadership Council

  • Youth aged 14-23 years, who have been in out-of-home placement/foster care

If you have questions about eligibility or would like to learn more about STAY services, please contact McKenzie McMillan via email MMcMillan@evolveservices.org or via phone 651-342-2589.

If you are a County Worker/Community Agency and are working with a youth in the above counties, please complete the EVOLVE STAY Referral Form.

If you are a Youth and would like to self-refer, please complete the EVOLVE STAY Referral Form. Youth can self-refer and do not need a County Worker/Community Agency Worker to submit a referral on their behalf.