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Pre-Adopt Orientation and Training Schedules

Individuals who are interested in adopting Minnesota's Waiting Children should begin by attending pre-adopt/foster parent training classes offered by one of the 87 Minnesota County Social/Human Service divisions or a private adoption agency that is part of the Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI).Families who train through their county of residence or the PPAI agencies pay no fees for their training. There may be fees for other trainings. Always call the training agency prior to attending.

  • Your next step is to attend the orientation meetings and training sessions offered by your county or the private child-placement agencies.  Many of your questions will be discussed at these meetings.

  • Once the training is completed, you are prepared for the next steps of the process that are required of foster, concurrent planning or adoptive parents. In any of these roles, you can brighten the future for a Minnesota’s Waiting Child.

The PPAI agencies are: 

  Area served Agency Locations  
Ampersand Families state-wide Minneapolis 612-605-1904
Children’s Home Society state-wide St. Paul & St. Cloud 651-646-6393
800-952-9302
Family Focus Metro, EC, NC, SE Minneapolis, Duluth 612-331-4429
Kindred Family Services state-wide
St. Cloud, Duluth,
Minneapolis/St. Paul,
Fergus Falls,
320-529-0862
763-271-1670
Lutheran Social Service state-wide Minneapolis, Moorhead, & St. Cloud 651-646-6393
800-952-9302
North Homes Children and Family Services Central &
Northern MN
Grand Rapids & Bemidji, Duluth 218-327-3055
800-430-3055
Regional Area Map  

Pre-Adopt Orientation and Training Dates


Listed alphabetically by agency
(Please contact webmaster if dates need to updated, changed or removed) 

 
ANOKA COUNTY
Anoka County Human Services
2100 3rd Ave
Anoka, MN 553037
GO TO ANOKA WEBSITE

Contact: Nancy Le
763-422-7104
Nancy.Le@co.anoka.mn.us


 
TRAININGS:

Orientation Class Schedule
Location:
Anoka County Government Center
2nd Floor Cafeteria
2100 3rd Ave
Anoka, MN 55303
Call to register (but registration is not required)


 Upcoming training dates will be determined soon.

Day

Date

Time

 

Pre-Adopt Training Class Schedule
Location:
Anoka County Government Center
2nd Floor Cafeteria
2100 3rd Ave
Anoka, MN 55303

The next training will be in the Fall, 2014.  TBD later
 

Day

Date

Time

 

 
*AMPERSAND FAMILIES
Ampersand Families
1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
612-605-1904
http://www.ampersandfamilies.org/

Contact: Michelle Chalmers
612-605-1902



 
TRAININGS:

Ampersand Families provides pre-adoption training to families on a very flexible schedule. Training groups are generally small (4-8 people) and are scheduled for the convenience of participants. Please note that Ampersand Families works almost exclusively with older youth (aged 10 years+) from Minnesota's foster care system. The agency's pre-adoption training meets all the requirements for families intending to adopt a Minnesota Waiting Child, and the topic areas are presented with a focus on their application to older youth. Ampersand Families is not an appropriate place for families to attend pre-adoption training if their intent is to seek a private adoption of an infant, a young child or an international adoption, as the agency does not provide those services. Please visit www.ampersandfamilies.org or contact Michelle at 612-605-1902 to learn more about pre-adoption training at Ampersand Families.

Pre-Adopt Training Class Schedule
Location:
Ampersand Families
1700 Second Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Upcoming training dates will be determined soon.

Day

Date

Time

 


 
*CHILDREN'S HOME SOCIETY

**LOCATIONS:

St. Paul
1605 Eustis St
St. Paul, MN 55108
www.chsfs.org
651-646-7771
800-952-9302

Contact:
Mary Jo Michalik
(Information Meetings)
651-255-2218
mmichalik@chsfs.org

Betsy Hodek
(Outstate Information Meeting contact/Adoption Education Classes)
651-255-2228
betsy.hodek@lssmn.org

**Lutheran Social Service and Children's Home Society entered into a partnership on July 1, 2012. At this time we will work in collaboration to offer our adoption services. This includes LSS & CHSFS combining our Adoption Education Classes.

Adoption Education Classes are offered in two locations:  St. Paul and St. Cloud.  Please check the schedule for the meeting dates/locations that best fits your needs.

 

TRAININGS:

Adoption Information Meetings
Location:
1605 Eustis St
St. Paul, MN 55108
 

Day

Date

Time

Saturday 5/10/2014 10:00 - 12:00pm
Monday 6/9/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesday 7/16/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday 8/16/2014 10:00 - 12:00pm
Wednesday 9/17/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Thursday 10/16/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday 11/15/2014 10:00 - 12:00pm
Wednesday 12/10/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm

Clients may register on our website or by contacting Mary Jo Michalik at 651-255-2218 mmichalik@chsfs.org

Families outside of the Metro-area, please contact Betsy Hodek at 651-255-2228 betsy.hodek@lssmn.org


St. Paul Adoption Education Class Schedule
Location:
1605 Eustis St
St. Paul, MN 55108

April 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

4/25/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

4/26/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

June 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

6/13/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

6/14/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

August 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

8/1/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

8/2/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

October 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

10/24/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

10/25/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

December 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

12/5/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

12/6/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

St. Cloud Adoption Education Class Schedule
Location:
Atonement Lutheran Church
1144 29th Ave N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Spring 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

6/6/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

6/7/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Fall 2014

Upcoming training dates will be determined soon.

Day

Date

Time


Advance registration is required for classes. Please contact Betsy Hodek at 651-255-2228 betsy.hodek@lssmn.org

Please note: When signing up for a class series, families must attend all class dates in that series. Families must have attended an informational meeting through the agency or county they are working with prior to attending a class series.

 
*FAMILY FOCUS

LOCATIONS:

Metro

2800 University Ave., SE Suite 204 Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-331-4429

Duluth
11-15 Buchanan Street Suite 212
Duluth, MN 55802
Phone: 218-740-3146

http://www.mnfamilyfocus.org/

Contact: Susan Walker
612-331-4429
swalker@mnfamilyfocus.org

TRAININGS:

Pre-Adoptive Training Meetings (Duluth & Hinckley)
Location:
Alworth Bldg
306 W Superior St. Suite #500
Duluth, MN 55802


Upcoming training dates will be determined soon.

Day

Date

Time

Part

Registration at 8:30am
The training is free to those prospective parents interested in adoption of Minnesota children who are under guardianship of the Commissioner. For more information and registration please contact Kathy Stetzer at 218-740-3146.

Minneapolis Pre-Adoptive Training Class Schedule
Location:
Minneapolis Metro Office
2800 University Ave SE #204
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Upcoming training dates will be determined soon.

 

Day

Date

Time

Part

Registration at 8:30am
The training is free to those prospective parents interested in adoption of Minnesota children who are under guardianship of the Commissioner. For more information and registration please contact Susan Walker at 612-437-1364 or email: swalker@mnfamilyfocus.org

Owatonna Pre-Adoptive Training Class Schedule
Location:
Owatonna Public Library
105 North Elm
Owatonna MN 55060

Day

Date

Time

 
Saturday 3/15/2014 9:00am - 5:00pm Part 1
Saturday 4/19/2014 9:00am - 5:00pm Part 2

Registration at 8:30am
The training is free to those prospective parents interested in adoption of Minnesota children who are under guardianship of the Commissioner. For more information and registration please contact Susan Walker at 612-437-1364 or email: swalker@mnfamilyfocus.org

 
HENNEPIN COUNTY CHILDREN & FAMILY SERVICES

LOCATION:

Hennepin County Children & Family Services
525 Portland Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415
612-348-5437
612-348-KIDS
www.hennepin.us/adoption


Contact: Amy Sullivan
Amy.Sullivan@hennepin.us

TRAININGS:

Monthly Adoption Information Meetings

TBD

2014

Day

Date

Time

Location
  • Information Meetings are scheduled monthly at various locations. They are open to the public and no pre-registration is required.
  • Call 612-348-KIDS (612-348-5437) for more information.
  • The Information Meeting dates and locations will also be listed on the Hennepin County Adoption http://hennepin.us/adoption


 
*KINDRED FAMILY SERVICES

LOCATION:

Kindred Family Services
Central Region Office
412 Great Oak Drive
Waite Park, MN 56387
320-529-0862
www.nexustreatment.org/treatmentsites/kindred
Contact: Nancy Kagel

TRAININGS:

Pre-AdoptionTraining Class Schedule

To register or more info contact Central MN Kindred Family Services 320-529-0862 or email Gretchen Welch at gwelch@kindredfamilyservice.org
Location:
Brainerd Public Library
416 South 5th St.
Brainerd, MN 56401

Day

Date

Part

Time

Friday 6/13/2014 1 8:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 6/14/2014 2 8:00am - 3:00pm

Duluth Adoption Education Class Schedule
Location:
Northeast Kindred Family Services & Family Focus Duluth Office
306 W Superior Street, Suite 500
Duluth, MN 55802
(Lunch will be provided)

Day

Date

Time



 
*LUTHERAN SOCIAL SERVICE

**LOCATIONS:

St. Paul
1605 Eustis St
St. Paul, MN 55108
www.chsfs.org
651-646-7771
800-952-9302

Contact:
Mary Jo Michalik
(Information Meetings)
651-255-2218
mmichalik@chsfs.org

Betsy Hodek
(Outstate Information Meeting contact/Adoption Education Classes)
651-255-2228
betsy.hodek@lssmn.org

**Lutheran Social Service and Children's Home Society entered into a partnership on July 1, 2012. At this time we will work in collaboration to offer our adoption services. This includes LSS & CHSFS combining our Adoption Education Classes.

Adoption Education Classes are offered in two locations:  St. Paul and St. Cloud.  Please check the schedule for the meeting dates/locations that best fits your needs.

 

TRAININGS:

TRAININGS:

Adoption Information Meetings
Location:
1605 Eustis St
St. Paul, MN 55108
 

Day

Date

Time

Saturday 5/10/2014 10:00 - 12:00pm
Monday 6/9/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Wednesday 7/16/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday 8/16/2014 10:00 - 12:00pm
Wednesday 9/17/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Thursday 10/16/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm
Saturday 11/15/2014 10:00 - 12:00pm
Wednesday 12/10/2014 6:00 - 8:00pm

Clients may register on our website or by contacting Mary Jo Michalik at 651-255-2218 mmichalik@chsfs.org

Families outside of the Metro-area, please contact Betsy Hodek at 651-255-2228 betsy.hodek@lssmn.org


St. Paul Adoption Education Class Schedule
Location:
1605 Eustis St
St. Paul, MN 55108

April 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

4/25/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

4/26/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

June 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

6/13/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

6/14/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

August 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

8/1/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

8/2/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

October 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

10/24/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

10/25/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

December 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

12/5/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

12/6/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

St. Cloud Adoption Education Class Schedule
Location:
Atonement Lutheran Church
1144 29th Ave N.
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Spring 2014

Day

Date

Time

Friday

6/6/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Saturday

6/7/2014

8:00am - 5:30pm

Fall 2014

Upcoming training dates will be determined soon.

Day

Date

Time


Advance registration is required for classes. Please contact Betsy Hodek at 651-255-2228 betsy.hodek@lssmn.org

Please note: When signing up for a class series, families must attend all class dates in that series. Families must have attended an informational meeting through the agency or county they are working with prior to attending a class series.


 
*NORTH HOMES CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES

LOCATIONS:

North Homes Children and Family Services
1880 River Road
Grand Rapids, MN   55744
888.430.3055 ext.112
218.327.3000
http://www.northhomesinc.org


Holly Guyer
218-322-4112

TRAININGS:

Training Class Schedule

Location:
Sawmill Inn
2301 S Highway 169
Grand Rapids, MN

Upcoming training dates will be determined soon.

Day

Date

Time


Questions or to Register: Call Holly at 888-430-3055 ext. 112 or 218-327-3000 ext. 112

Bemidji Office:
210 Beltrami Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Contact: Ashley Maltrud
218-751-0282

 

*PPAI Agencies

updated April 2014
 


PLEASE NOTE: All orientation and training dates, times and locations are subject to change. Please call phone numbers listed to confirm. Also, other county and private agencies that place Minnesota’s Waiting Children may have meetings not included in this listing. Please check your phone book’s blue pages for your county human service department phone number and the yellow pages under adoption or foster care for private child-placement agencies. The private agencies included on this listing work collaboratively with the State of Minnesota under the Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI) contract.