Adoption Blog

Family Gathering with Orphanage Staff from Sishu Kshema Bhavan

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Children's Home & LSS Staff

Our long-time friends and partners from the Sishu Kshema Bhavan orphanage (SKB) in Kerala, India, will be visiting us in May! As part of their visit, we are hosting an upcoming family gathering so Elizabeth and Rajan Abraham will be able to visit with adoptees of all ages and adoptive families who have been touched by their 15 years of work with Children's Home. 

Please join us on Friday, May 22, 2015, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. to spend quality time with Elizabeth, Rajan, adoptees and adoptive families through our India program. Light refreshments will be served.... Read more


Siblings Who Wait: Meet J and S

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Children's Home & LSS Staff

J and S are siblings who were born 6/1999 and 4/2003. This brother and sister duo are looking for a home where they would have the opportunity to remain together. They have an extremely positive relationship and display kindness and affection toward each other. ... Read more


A Child Who Waits: Meet D

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Children's Home & LSS Staff

Sweet, happy, and playful is how D, this adorable five-year-old boy, is described. An individual who works and interacts with D believes that he would “thrive in a loving home environment.” ... Read more


INFOGRAPHIC | Books to Help Prepare for Adopting a Sibling

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Children's Home & LSS Staff

Bringing a new child into the family can also bring excitement and fear into the hearts of the children already in your family. From welcoming new babies, to understanding special needs, here are a few books to help prepare your children for the new arrival. 

Click on the image to open up a larger version with the ability to zoom.... Read more


Heart to Home: Meet June

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Ashley and Matt, Adoptive Parents through LSS

Hi, we are Ashley & Matt and we would like to introduce you to our beautiful daughter, June Audrey! She was born on August 17th in Saint Paul and we were at the hospital for her birth and even got to stay in our own hospital room with her while we enjoyed her first 48 hours. We began our adoption journey in May 2013 through outreach. We were approached by a co-worker in May 2014 who said their 16-year-old daughter was 6 months pregnant and wanted to make an adoption plan with us!... Read more


A Child Who Waits: Meet J

By: 
Children's Home & LSS Staff

J is an active, affectionate, and friendly boy who will be turning 14 this spring. He clearly expresses his desire to become a part of a family who would love him and shower him with affection. J believes that a family is the most important part of every person, because within the family is where the expression of love takes place.... Read more


Fidgety Fairy Tales returns to address mental health in a family-friendly show

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Children's Home & LSS Staff

"Fidgety Fairy Tales – The Mental Health Musical” returns to Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Service for a performance on Thursday, May 7 – National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day.

This fun, family-friendly show that reduces fear and misunderstanding around common mental health disorders is a production of the Minnesota Association for Children's Mental Health.... Read more


Our Adoption Story: A Unique Tale that Echoes Those of Others

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Erik Wyckoff, Adoptive Father through Children's Home

My adoption story starts like most: the desire to expand my family.

It also starts with mixed emotions. As a very involved father of an 8-year-old girl, complete with all of my battle scars from her infant/toddler years, I felt very confident about parenting. As a person who can fall victim to fear of the unknown, I was less courageous about parenting a special needs child. However, deep down I knew we -- my wife, daughter and I -- could weather any challenges the adoption would present and, more importantly, come out the better for it.... Read more


The Joy and Struggles of Parenting a Child with ADHD

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Helen Fields, Adoptive Mother

*Links in this blog were selected by the author because she found them helpful during her process and parenting. They do not represent endorsement from the agency.

My six-year-old daughter fits perfectly into our family alongside her little brother. Although some people ask about our family because our daughter is adopted and her brother is our biological son, we do not believe this makes our family unusual. They are both our children and treated that way. Instead, what has affected our parenting more directly is that our daughter has ADHD. [1]... Read more


Adopting a Child with Down Syndrome: Keeping Realistic Expectations and an Open Heart

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Ted, Adoptive Father through LSS

When we first began the adoption process, we did not intend to adopt a child with Down syndrome. As with most parents, the child in our dreams was a healthy child with no significant medical issues. But sometimes reality, especially in the adoption world, throws you a curve that turns out even better than your dreams. ... Read more



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