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Minneapolis Adoption & Foster Care Resources

Minneapolis, MN
If you live in Minneapolis and are considering adoption, either as an expectant mother or prospective adoptive parents, you are likely wondering the same thing: who can help me with adoption in my area? The following guide provides all the Minneapolis adoption information you need, from finding a professional to finalizing your adoption.

To learn even more about the adoption process, you can visit out Minnesota adoption page.

Adoption Agencies and Professionals in Minneapolis

Most prospective birth parents and hopeful adoptive families choose to work closely with an adoption professional through most or all of the process. This professional will provide education, support and any additional services you need to complete your adoption.
Here are some Minneapolis adoption professionals near you:

Become a Minneapolis Foster Parent

Before you pursue foster care in Minneapolis, make sure you meet these Minnesota requirements:

  • Complete an application
  • Pass a background check and home study
  • Attend foster parent training
  • Receive official license

If you are ready to become a foster parent or have any questions, contact one of your local professionals:

Home Study Professionals

Whether you are interested in adopting an infant through a private domestic adoption agency or becoming a foster parent in Minneapolis, you will need to complete a home study that meets Minnesota state requirements.
The home study process in Minnesota includes personal interviews with the prospective parents, a home inspection, criminal history checks and more. The person or agency conducting the home study must be legally qualified to complete the home study process. Here are some trusted home study providers in your state:
Near Minneapolis:

  • International Adoption Services
    International Adoption Services is flexible in working with you to complete your Minnesota home study in a time frame that works for you.

In Minnesota:

  • New Horizons Adoption Agency
    At New Horizons, you can find a Minnesota-licensed home study provider along with any other adoption services you may need.

Visit 1800HomeStudy.com to learn more about Minnesota home study providers.

Hospitals near Minneapolis

If you are a pregnant mother considering adoption, you will eventually need to create a hospital plan. Your adoption specialist and healthcare provider can assist you with this part of your adoption plan. When arranging for your hospital stay, you should consider where and how you want to give birth and who you want to be there with you.
As you think about your hospital trip, you can find more information about hospitals near you:

Minnesota Laws and Requirements to Adopt

Each state has its own laws determining who can adopt and how the adoption process will go. If you are interested in adopting a child in Minnesota, the following information will help you better understand your state’s adoption laws and process.
Laws for Birth Parents:
Birth parents must have their rights legally terminated for an adoption to proceed. In Minnesota, the birth mother can consent to the adoption no sooner than 72 hours after giving birth and no later than 60 days after placement. For information about birth father rights, financial assistance, and other laws that pertain to birth parents, see our Minnesota adoption information.
Laws for Adoptive Families:
Minnesota eligibility laws state that anyone who has lived in Minnesota for one year may adopt there. If you are pursuing a relative adoption or have other extenuating circumstances, this requirement may be waived. Additionally, you will need to make sure you comply with the requirements of the adoption professional you choose. If you would like to learn more about laws affecting birth parents, visit our Minnesota adoption page.

County Court Information

All adoptions will be finalized in court after a series of post-placement assessments. For details about your hearing, when you need to appear, and what you need to bring, contact your adoption service provider. You can find more information on local proceedings on the Hennepin County District Court page.

Things to do in Minneapolis

Parents adopting from outside of Minnesota must remain in the state for 7-10 business days while they wait for ICPC clearance. If you’re in Minneapolis, here are a few places you can visit during this time:

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