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Life with a child with medical or special needs takes extra time, energy, and knowledge. There is a steep learning curve in dealing with the medical, educational, and health insurance systems...
Find support from others who have "been there, done that," and share your own experiences. Additional groups are available to help families and children learn about and celebrate world cultures.
Unless otherwise noted, all of the below groups are open to adoptive families and adults regardless of placing agency.
Adoption-related groups for children and families
Adoptee Support Groups
Our adoptee support groups (open to children ages 1-14) offer children the chance to engage in age-appropriate discussions about diversity and culture, school issues, adoption and birth families. Corresponding parent sessions meet at the same time as each support group. Learn more and register >
Stay tuned for quarterly Saturday workshops on specific topics. Members of our adoptee support groups will get $10 off each workshop. We will be inviting special guests and speakers for parents, and developing adoption-related activities and discussions for children.
"Back to School" August 29, 2015 | 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
International Search & Reunion Group
An open group for any internationally adopted persons age 19 and older, working with Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Service for intermediary services. Learn more and register >
Connect with Adoptive Families
Many families have a desire to connect with others who have adopted from the same country/adoption programs as they have. Join a list of families who'd like to self-organize events and groups. Sign up to join >
Transracial (Multicultural) Family Group (Duluth, MN)
A parent-run, multicultural-focused support group for anyone who is part of a multicultural/transracial family or considering adopting transracially. Learn more >
Adoption-related groups for parents
East Coast Waiting Parents Group
For waiting parents in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Meetings are scheduled on an on-going basis. If you'd like to be notified about upcoming dates, please email Eunice Cho at email@example.com.
Adoptive Parents Group: Domestic Waiting Children
For adoptive parents who have adopted children through the foster care system and the Minnesota's Waiting Children program. Learn more and register >
Adoptive Parents Group: Parents of Adopted Adults
For adoptive parents whose children are now adults themselves. Learn more and register >
Kinship caregiver groups hosted by LSS
Here We Go Again (Minneapolis)
A free, open-enrollment educational support group for people raising a relative's child. A safe environment for learning, connecting, and sharing your experiences while gaining information on issues for raising a relative's child. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 612.879.5211.
Kinship Caregiver Support Group
Raising a kinship child comes with unique challenges. Connect and share with others who may have similar experiences and can understand your situation. For more information about any of these groups, or to RSVP, please email email@example.com or call 651.917.4640.
Blaine | Second Monday of each month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. CT
Minneapolis (English) | Second Thursday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. CT
Minnetonka | First Thursday of each month from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. CT
Robbinsdale | First Saturday of each month from 10:00 - 11:45 a.m. CT
Classes and groups offered by other organizations in our community
On the third Thursday of each month, MOFAS hosts a support and education group for those raising a child with an FASD at The Center for Changing Lives (LSS Office) in Minneapolis, MN. For more information, or to RSVP, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 651.917.4640.
Offers groups and classes for individuals who adopt through the state of Minnesota. These classes are not part of Children's Home and Lutheran Social Service offerings, but they are a wonderful local resource. | Go to MN ADOPT website > |
University of Minnesota China Care Club
The U of M China Care Club works to fundraise for orphans in China as well as raise Chinese cultural awareness. As part of these efforts they organize monthly creative events for children. For more information, please email email@example.com. | Go to U of M China Care Club Facebook page >
Saint Cloud Adoptive Families Group
Individuals and families who are in any stage of adoption are welcomed to join this group at Cavalry Community Church on the third Monday of each month. Each meeting includes a family dinner from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. and then a parents' meeting and kids' activities from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. If attending the no-cost dinner, please RSVP by calling or texting 320-420-5189. You can view this flyer for the address and more details.
Urban Refuge Adoptive Family Group
This group meets on the second Saturday of the month from 5-8 p.m. at the Urban Refuge church in South Minneapolis (55th and Chicago Ave). Our goal is to support and encourage each other through the adoption journey, and we welcome all individuals or families who are at any stage of adoption to join us. Our meetings always begin with a potluck style meal, followed by a time of discussion for the adults and activities for the children. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Call Waiting International Children at 651-646-6393 or e-mail email@example.com