I AM A BIRTH PARENT

Thank you so much for being here. We want to be a support and help to you during this time. We hope these resources will be of help to you.

Recovery/Health:

Detox locations: 

402 University Avenue Detox

Unity and Fairview Hospital Detox in Forest Lake

MN Adult & Teen Challenge  

Their mission is to assist teens and adults in gaining freedom from chemical addictions and other life controlling problems by addressing their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.  They have locations in Minneapolis, Brainerd, Duluth, Rochester and Buffalo.

RS Eden Drug & Alcohol Abuse Treatment- Minneapolis-St. Paul

"From early achievements in substance abuse treatment and correctional residential programs, RS EDEN has evolved into a multi-faceted agency whose mission is to provide a spectrum of care, recovery and support services to best facilitate individual, family, and community movement from homelessness to self-sufficiency."

EVERYDAY MIRACLES- mINNEAPOLIS

"Most of our services are available at zero out-of-pocket to those on a Medicaid health care plan. They are also open to the entire community, with a focus on accessibility."  They have a car seat program and educational classes for parenting and birth.

First Care Pregnancy Center

If you are concerned about an STD or an unplanned pregnancy or have questions and just need someone to talk with about your situation, First Care Pregnancy Center is available to help.  They don't judge, but offer free counseling to help you with your unique situation.  They have centers in 4 locations: Minneapolis, Richfield, Rochester, and St. Paul.

Urban Ventures

Parenting and studying classes for adults (with free childcare) and classes for kids including STEM, athletics, music, and nutrition.  Located in Minneapolis, Hennepin County.

Union Gospel mission

"We offer help for the homeless, poor and addicted in the Twin Cities through meals, shelter, recovery, education and job training programs." 

KTIS 900 Am Radio

Radio broadcast on real recovery.  They share real stories of hope and healing coming out of addictions. 

Need a Safe Place Away from Abuse?  Day One Services

Call Day One Services at 1-866-223-111 or check out the website to find all of the available shelters in MN!

 Bellis  Adoption Education & Support

"Women who have chosen adoption, whether recently or decades ago, deserve and often need support that they can’t find from their families or community. Our ‘Stronger Together’ weekend retreat offers peer-based support in a nurturing setting."  Upcoming Event:  Adoption connection from 6-8pm at for birth parents, adoptive parents, adoptive persons, birth and adoptive grandparents.  Call 952-944-0866 for questions.

New Day Pregnancy center- Little Canada

Provides mentoring to expectant mothers with earn as you learn credits for every appointment or class.  Mothers leave each class with diapers/coupons to adjoining thrift store and can count classes towards credit for required parenting courses (check with your social worker to make sure).  Baby bags with new pj's, handmade blanket, and other baby items are also provided free of charge.


Food Support:

THE SANDWICH PROJECT MINNESOTA

thesandwichprojectmn.org -They serve meals to those who are struggling to put food on the table through shelters and food shelves in greater Minneapolis. 

Redeemer Lutheran Church- White Bear Lake

Provides meals for birth families on Wednesdays from 5-6 pm.  

LifePoint Church- Maplewood

Provides meals on Wednesday nights to the foster community.  You and your family can dine in or ask for pick up!

Grace Lutheran Church- Apple Valley

Free Community Meals served from 6:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the first, second, and fourth Monday of each month (September-May) and the first and fourth Monday of each month (June-August).

roseville Covenant Church- Roseville

Free community dinner from 5:30-6:15 on Wednesday nights.


New Life Church of Woodbury- Washington County      

   -They provide food to qualifying families who live in Woodbury, Cottage Grove, Newport, St. Paul Park, Maplewood, and Oakdale up to once a month.  If you have any questions, email foodshelf@newlife4u.org or call Larry at 651-470-2446.  Located at 6758 Bailey Road, Woodbury, MN 55129.  

Urban ventures - Hennepin County

Healthy food at affordable and accessible prices. Learning farms in Minneapolis and Lakeville.  

merrick community services- Ramsey County

"Merrick’s Food Shelf is dedicated to connecting families and individuals with community resources to help eliminate the long-term causes of hunger."  Located at Woodland Hills Church and coming in the fall of '17, Gustov Aldophus Lutheran Church.

Loaves and fishes- Ramsey and Hennepin counties and surrounding suburbs

Evening meals are served each day in different churches.  Some lunches are also provided.  Check out the locations and day/times HERE

Redeeming Love Church- Maplewood

The Manna Pantry food shelf is available one Monday a month for free food and discounted meats.

 


Clothing/Housing Help:

Need a Safe Place Away from Abuse?  Day One Services

Call Day One Services at 1-866-223-111 or check out the website to find all of the available shelters in MN!

St. Stephen's Human Services -Minneapolis

"If you are an adult living with or without minor children and are in danger of losing your housing, we have a limited amount of funding to help with financial crises for residents of Minneapolis"  They help you find housing!

Lifepoint Church- Ramsey County

They are a culturally diverse family of believers who seek to serve their neighborhood through practical means.  They have a community care room that is a free resource of gently used clothing and personal care items.  Located at 2220 Edgerton Street, Maplewood (Ramsey County) - call the Care Line for an appointment at 651-705-6527. 

 

Bridging - Ramsey and Hennepin Counties

They provide furniture and household goods to those who are referred by a case worker or social worker.  If you are ready to rebuild and need help, just ask your worker to get on the list!  Locations in Roseville and Bloomington.

Redeeming Love Church- Maplewood

They have a Blessings Closet available to the foster community with clothing needs.  It is open during church office hours.

Joseph's Coat- St. Paul

"Our store, located at 1107 West 7th Street in St. Paul, is open for shopping on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.  Guests must provide a photo ID to shop once a week for clothing for all ages, household items and personal hygiene products."

Threads for Teens Clothing- Shakopee

Threads for Teens is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to helping young, less-fortunate girls build their self-esteem, confidence, and give them hope. We accomplish this through gifts of clothing, support, and education.

The Family Place Homeless Shelter - Ramsey County

This is Ramsey County's only day center for homeless families.  Its mission is "assisting families in shelter to gain more confidence in building future goals that will lead to success of the entire family.”  Located at 244 10th St. E. St. Paul, MN 55101

God's Closet- Ramsey county

"God's closet is an extension of "The Beloved Church" where we offer free clothes for our neighborhood and community."  Hours open- M, W, F from 10-2; first Saturday of month- 10-noon.  Located at 820 White Bear Avenue.

A Brush with Kindness- Metro Area

A Brush with Kindness helps with painting, mechanical system repairs to plumbing, electrical, heating, and safety and accessibility modifications.    

Mission warehouse thrift store and Christian life ministries-  Little Canada

Very inexpensive prices for clothing and household goods.

Rebuilding together twin cities

"To apply for assistance from Rebuilding Together Twin Cities, you must submit an application along with proof of home ownership, such as a property tax statement; proof of household income, such as the previous year’s tax return; and proof of homeowners insurance.  Our repair services are provided at no charge to qualified homeowners.  We rely on the hard work of volunteers, as well as donated supplies, materials and tools to provide these services. Homeowners are asked to welcome the volunteers into their homes and work alongside them to the extent they are able."

Mobile Hope - Hennepin and Wright Counties

Mobile Hope exists to honor God by building a culture of achievement in mobile home communities where families succeed, students excel, and hope is strong.  Locations at 7900 Maple Hill Road, Corcoran, and Dayton, MN. 
 


MENTORING/parenting classes:

Life on Life Mentoring - Eric Chavoustie

Life on Life Mentoring believes in creating Christ-centered relationships that can bring real healing to our city. By doing life together and investing spiritually into each mentee, Life on Life Mentoring teaches the ideals of Jesus in our homes, jobs, sporting events, and much more. Creating these deep life and spiritual connections allows for God to create great change for both the mentee and mentor. As mentors walk life with their mentees there are constant invitations to know God’s love and to grow in their identity and purpose in Christ. It is simply inviting a youth to follow you as you follow Christ.  585-545-0961  eric@lifeonlifementoring.org  

Family values for life- Ramsey County

"Jump Start To The New You Program provides free workshops that teach essential life skills to women. We empower women of all ages to be mentally, spiritually, emotionally and financially equipped to make better life choices."  They also have programs for raising sons and daughters with values through mentorship, after school programs, and summer camps!  Located at First Covenant Church in St. Paul.

Wacota Life Care Center-  W. St. Paul

Wacota provides pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, medical help, material help, and educational programs like infant care and housing resources.  24 hour hotline- 1-800-712-4357

Roseville covenant church- Roseville

The Gathering is a place for women to go for support, relationships, and laughter.  We knit, make jewelry, drink coffee, play games, etc. in order to have conversation and encourage one another.  5:30-6:15- free meal; Programs for kids from 6:15-7:30 while women get a chance to unwind.

 

Kids Hope USA - Washington and Olmstead County

An elementary school mentoring program that provides "one-on-one relationships fostered by a Kids Hope USA program restore{s} self-confidence and personal security, and encourage{s} academic excellence in their school.  2 schools with the program are Woodbury Elementary and George W Gibbs, Jr Elementary School in Rochester

New Day Pregnancy center- Ramsey County

Provides mentoring to expectant mothers with earn as you learn credits for every appointment or class.  Mothers leave each class with diapers/coupons to adjoining thrift store and can count classes towards credit for required parenting courses (check with your social worker to make sure).  Baby bags with new pj's, handmade blanket, and other baby items are also provided free of charge.

Merrick community services- Ramsey County

"Through the provision of culturally appropriate community resources, information and referral services; domestic violence prevention education; and individual and family case management services they strive to connect the family with resources in their community that will address their immediate needs."

KTIS am 900 radio

Listen to broadcasts on marriage and family from a Christian perspective. 


 

 

Childcare Help

Together for Good

Together for Good is a network of volunteers and professional staff who come alongside parents facing chronic stress or crisis. We provide ongoing social support and practical help in three ways:

  1. CRISIS HOSTING: Caring volunteer families temporarily care for children for while parents in crisis regain stability.
  2. RESPITE CARE: Periodic pre-planned care of children on a once-weekly or monthly basis for parents facing chronic stress.
  3. SOCIAL SUPPORT: Ongoing relational support such as visits from a mentor, classes, fellowship meals as well as connection to resources as needed.

Parent Aware-

Provides resources for parents working towards financial stability by providing support with childcare assistance. 888-291-9811

 

Kids' physical and mental health Therapies: 


*MA insurance covers the following services for free

*MA insurance covers the following services for free

At Children's Theraplay, occupational and physical therapists partner with families, applying traditional and innovative therapeutic interventions to help children participate fully in the ordinary and extraordinary activities of daily life. Check out their website for developmental warning signs or call 651-773-0354.  Locations in Maplewood and Plymouth.  ~Personal note- "I have had 6 kids using their therapists and have been impressed with their friendliness, communication, flexibility, and caring therapists!"
 

Their clinics offer Speech and Language Services to children, adolescents, and adults.  Also, their masters level, nationally certified Speech-Language Pathologists provide therapy and evaluations of speech and language difficulties.  To find out whether your child qualifies, check out the website.  Locations in St. Paul, Shoreview, Maplewood, and Plymouth.

Our clinics specialize in treating children ages birth through eighteen years with a variety of disorders, including: developmental motor or speech delays, sensory devensiveness and sensory processing disorders, Cerebral Palsy, Spina Bifida, Attention Deficit Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, children with hearing loss, post coclear implant rehabilitation, articulation deficits and others. Located in Eagan and Apple Valley.

 

They do pediatric speech, mental health, and occupational therapy; they are "exceptionally fantastic," says a mother of 11.

It "provides pediatric physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy services in the Twin Cities, MN. Service settings include homes in the 7-county metro area, pools, child development centers, public and charter schools, and clinics within private schools."  They specialize in caring for kids with severe physical disabilities as well.

"Physical therapy helps kids who have complex conditions and injuries improve their gross motor skills, strength, and balance.

They have physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, aquatic therapy, and rehabilitative sports therapy.  Located in Shoreview and Hugo.

 

  • Nystrom & Associates - Dakota, Sherburne, Hennepin, Anoka, Ramsey, Stearns, St. Louis, Butler, and Washington Counties

-Provides in-home therapy & skills for children 3-21.  They are available to meet with kids in your home, school, daycare, or another appropriate community location.  ~Personal Note- "I have had a life skills worker in our home for 1.5 years who has done amazing job helping me with 2 of my kids who have trauma, FAS, RAD, and anxiety diagnoses."
-psychological testing
-Places clinical mental health providers in a community school to provide therapeutic services to students who have a mental health diagnosis
To find contact information and see their other services, check out their webpage.  Locations in Apple Valley, Big Lake, Bloomington, Brainerd/Baxter, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Elk River, Maple Grove, New Brighton, St. Cloud, Woodbury.

They work with referred families of highly stressed children ages prenatal to 4 to teach them positive parenting skills. They also do home visits to help parents set and work toward their goals and teach strategies for reducing their stress and planning for a family that will best meet their children’s needs.  The preschool provides individualized mental health, speech/language, and occupational therapy as needed during preschool hours.  Locations in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Rochester.  ~Personal note- "I highly recommend this preschool!  They truly cared for our kids and worked closely with us as foster and adoptive parents to help our kids through their tough transitions."  


spiritual HELP:

KTIS PRAYER WORKS

You can add prayer requests for others to pray for you on this radio broadcast site centered in Roseville, MN

 

fun outings- free or discounted

MN zoo

Free admission with WIC or MA

MN Children's Museum

$30 discount on passport or above membership for foster parents

MN History Center

$4 for adults and children are free with WIC or MA card

Minnesota Historical society

26 different historical sites to visit.  $4 for adults and children are free!

Science Museum 

Check out the limited income discounts under pricing for MA and WIC qualifications. 3$ per person for museum visit; $5 per person to add the Omni theatre part as well.  

Guthrie Theater

$5 tickets (up to 4) with WIC or MA card.  Some restrictions apply.

 

Employment:

Merrick Community Services- Ramsey County

"Merrick Community Services is dedicated to providing services aimed at starting careers and building skills for today’s job market." 

 

habitat for humanity- Metro Area

They have resources to help with employment, finances, legal matters, and home maintenance.