Ampersand Families is Minnesota’s only private adoption agency exclusively focused on meeting the permanency needs of older youth and families who face barriers to equity in the state’s foster care system.
The youth that the agency serves have experienced trauma in their families and from subsequent removal and placement into the child welfare system. Ampersand Families believes that healing comes in the context of human relationships and exists to make sure youth who have been touched by the child welfare system have access to the supportive networks of adults that they will need throughout their lives.
Families exploring adoption from foster care will find an honest, competent partner at Ampersand Families, whose team supports families at every step of the process. The agency's commitment to post-placement support is extraordinary and parents can access innovative programs such as the Buddy Family Program, Family Retreats and Trauma Assessments and recommendations for holistic approaches to healing from trauma.
Ampersand Families is proud to be a place where people like grandmothers or aunties who seek to be considered for placement of a relative child who has entered foster care will receive comprehensive, equity-focused support through their process. The agency is committed to reconnecting youth to relatives, kin, community and culture - especially when placement in foster care has resulted in severing of those connections.
Youth who work with Ampersand Families have a Permanency Specialist who is at the ready to help them learn their story and have a say in the decisions being made about their own lives. Being heard and engaged helps youth find sparks of hope where they were otherwise dim.
Donors to Ampersand Families help provide the margin of excellence that keeps the agency at the forefront of family-affirming, equity-focused and trauma-informed approaches to child welfare in Minnesota.