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Monday-Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Toll-Free: 1.855.670.HELP or 612.746.5137


Are you an adoptive family that is experiencing parenting challenges and not sure where to turn for adoption-competent services?

Are you frustrated and overwhelmed at trying to identify and locate an adoption competent therapist that is knowledgeable and able to assist your family?

Are you tired of feeling isolated and misunderstood with no one to talk to about your family's unique concerns?

Are you experiencing financial barriers to receiving much needed therapeutic services due to gaps in coverage?

HELP is here!

HELP Staff:

Emily Alewine MSW, LISW

Heather Van Brunt M. Ed, LSW


Services of the MN ADOPT HELP Program include:

  • Phone support from Clinical Specialists who specialize in adoption.
  • Individualized referrals to therapeutic services, resources and practitioners across the state.
  • Access to information regarding educational offerings & trainings.
  • Potential financial assistance for adoptive families to access eligible adoption-competent therapeutic services when financial barriers to receiving needed services are present.

*The role of the HELP Clinical Specialist is NOT to provide direct family therapy, but to assess, support, and provide appropriate referrals to contracted adoption competent mental health professionals.


The MN ADOPT HELP Program is an innovative initiative developed by the Minnesota Adoption Resource Network and funded by the Minnesota Department of Human Services to improve access to post-adoption clinical services to Minnesota adoptive families.

This service is available to any Minnesota family who adopted from state or tribal guardianship; internationally; or through private domestic infant adoption. MN ADOPT HELP staff is also available to assist county workers, practitioners, case managers and other professionals by providing case consultation, referrals to adoption-competent practitioners and resources as well as information on training and other opportunities.

Click here to download the MN ADOPT brochure and postcard containing information about HELP.

Attention therapists who work with adoptive families:
MN ADOPT's HELP Program can help you too!
  • HELP may be able to help financially cover therapeutic services not covered by insurance (i.e. mileage, attendance at school meetings, unbillable in-home therapeutic work…etc.)
  • HELP may be able to help financially pay for therapeutic services for families who do not have insurance or who have gaps in coverage
  • Inclusion in the HELP program gives participating agencies and therapists access to new clients and revenue streams
  • Inclusion in the HELP program provides opportunities to consult with other therapists and enhances therapists standing in the adoption community
To learn more about becoming a HELP program contracted therapist, please call:
Monday-Friday – 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Toll-Free: 1.855.670.HELP or 612.746.5137

--->Click here for information on contracting with the HELP Program

If you are a mental health or child welfare professional interested in increasing your competency in adoption and permanency practice, we invite you to learn more about the Permanency and Adoption Competency Certificate (PACC) program offered through the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota. For more information about the PACC please contact JaeRan Kim at 612-626-3831 or at

updated August 2013