I Am A Foster Parent

 A family grown through foster care : Ramsey County, Minnesota

A family grown through foster care : Ramsey County, Minnesota

Whether you are a new foster parent or you have been doing it for 30 years, support is always needed! How can we help?

Do you need car seats, high chairs, cribs?

Do you need clothing, diapers, or formula?

Do you want to be "adopted" by a family?

Check out Focus On The Family's great list of resources for foster/adoptive parents and/or their events and helpline.

Do you need meals, babysitting, yard work, or cleaning help?  Sign up on our Meal Train Plus program so others in your community can support you!

 

Have Lice?  Nitpickerz in Maplewood has special discounts for foster kids!

 

foster Care at the park

Begins June 27th from 9:30-11:30 am.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month through August 29th.  Meet other foster parents, share support and resources, bring a picnic lunch/snack and RELAX with others who can relate!

2nd Wednesday will be at Central Park in Roseville (Victoria Side near pavilion

4th Wednesday will be at Casey Park in Maplewood

 

RE-charge: a morning of fun for foster families-

Fun activities, great food, a time of equipping for both parents and foster children and siblings ages 3 and up.  This event is being put on by LifePoint Church on Sunday, June 24th from 9:30-12.

Location: Saum's House: 379 Lark Avenue, Maplewood

 

Royal Family Kids' Camp- Grace Church of Eden Prairie July 22-27

Open to foster kids ages 6-12!

Camp Info: http://m.grace.church/events/short-term-missions-trip-minnesota

The camp application is on Managed Missions through Grace church, so you will need to create a username and password before you fill out the app. 

https://gracechurch.managedmissions.com/Account/MissionApplicationPreLogon?returnUrl=%2FMissionApplication%2FStart%2F6646

 

Recommended Podcasts/videos

The Honestly Adoption Podcast

"The Honestly Adoption Podcast, in an effort to closer identify with foster and adoptive parents around the globe! The brand new podcast exists to be a real voice speaking real hope to parents on the foster and adoptive journey."

FASD Training Video - by Barb Clark

 

Foster Provider support groups:

Foster Parents Together- Facebook foster/adoptive parent support group for the Twin Cities area

Minnesota Foster Care Support Group- Facebook foster parent support group

Embrace Foster/Adoptive Support Group- Facebook faith-based support group- Ramsey and Washington counties.

 

Foster Parents Together - Shoreview

Meets every Tuesday night from 6-8 at River of Life Church in Shoreview (4294 Hodgson Road).  Foster parents supporting one another through group discussion.  Childcare and snacks are provided! FREE!  Contact Angie at fosterparentstogether@gmail.com or 651-295-0588 to let her know if you are coming!

Foster and Adoptive Parents Support Group- W. St. Paul

This is a faith-based group that meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6-7:30pm at Augustana Lutheran Church (in the library). Contact Donna at engels53@comcast.net for more info.

 

Patiently Waiting

"As a faith based organization we are here to offer biblical and prayer support through your journey." Meets Tuesdays in  Blaine or Shoreview (see website for more details).  Kari Nokken - 651-470-7871

Imago Hearts- Prior Lake Area

"We introduce and promote parenting strategies designed to bring healing to the heart, mind, and soul of a child wounded by neglect, abuse and relational trauma."  This is a faith based organization that meets the first Saturday of the month from 9-12 in Burnsville.  David Little- 952-270-6281 - No childcare.

Embrace Family Support Groups- N. St. Paul and St. Croix Valley

We support those who have done adoption, foster care (therapeutic & foster to adopt) & international orphan hosting, those who are in process and those who are just thinking about it.  When we adopt, do therapeutic foster care, foster to adopt or host children, we are “embracing” them into our family for a short, long or forever timeframe.  No childcare currently.  2 support groups: #1 meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at North Haven Church in N. St. Paul from 8-10pm and #2 meets the first Tuesday of the month at Shepherd of the Valley Church in Afton from 7-9pm.

Rooted- foster/adoptive families support group- Spring Lake Park

Faith based support group "designed for families to connect with a community who will equip, support, encourage and sustain one another with the Gospel together." They meet at Emmanuel Christian Center from 7-8:30pm on the following dates: January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, and May 8.  Childcare IS provided (6wks-10 years) along with coffee, water, and snacks!  Enter through door 4 and group is in room 201. 

 

Foster One Support Group-Substance Church in Blaine

Meets from 6:15-8:30 on Tuesday nights.  Childcare is provided and this is a faith based book series!  

Village 127- Constance Free Church in Andover

"We regularly host special speakers or panels who share on topics ranging from adoption related issues, the post placement journey, the biblical call to care for orphans, and more."  Upcoming Events: January 5- First Fridays and MTMS, 6-8pm at Constance Free Church in Andover & Mom's Retreat Jan. 12-14.  Call 763-862-5158 for more information.

New FLM Summer Support Group

Begins June 21st from 6-8 at LifePoint church in Maplewood at 2220 Edgerton Street. Meets the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of June, July, and August.   Come earn some credits, get encouragement and support, utilize free childcare, and have light refreshments! 

foster Care at the park

Begins June 27th from 9:30-11:30 am.  Meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month through August 29th.  Meet other foster parents, share support and resources, bring a picnic lunch/snack and RELAX with others who can relate!

2nd Wednesday will be at Central Park in Roseville (Victoria Side near pavilion

4th Wednesday will be at Casey Park in Maplewood

 

Free clothing closets for foster/adoptive parents:

Lifepoint is 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.  Call Theresa for an appointment @ 952-484-5722.  Located at 2220 Edgerton Street, Maplewood MN 55117

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LifePoint Church has all sizes available and is very organized.

 

 

 

        Safe Haven Foster Shoppe provides essential items to foster children. They are dedicated to helping children find comfort while placed in foster care. Located at New Hope                 Community Church.  

  • Ava's place- patiently waiting foster closet in Fridley

  • Contact Kari to make an appointment at kari@patientlywaiting.org or call 651-470-7871; 7671 Central Avenue NE, Fridley

  • Walking Together Care Closet- Duluth

      walkingtogethercc@gmail.com

          "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.

 

Other Community Resources: 

  • LifePoint Church in Maplewood free meal delivery

              This church makes and delivers 2 meals to foster families in Ramsey County each Wednesday.  To get a meal, contact Theresa Saum at 952-484-5722 or email fosterthelovemn@gmail.com.

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

  • EVERYDAY MIRACLES- Minneapolis car seat program

    "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.

         Very inexpensive prices for clothing and household goods.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Kids' physical and mental health Therapies and therapists: 


*most of these services are covered with your foster child's ma insurance.

Highly Recommended  Trauma and Attachment Therapists:

"An integrative approach to therapy supports all facets of a client's wellbeing in order to promote resilience, healing and change."  Collaboration, psychotherapy, mindfulness and calming, and physical wellbeing~

"My practice includes extra training in issues surrounding ADHD/autism symptoms, attachment and adoption struggles as well as addressing effects of trauma. Trauma effects can result from divorce to domestic violence. As a part of these struggles, symptoms such as anxiety, depression, grief and challenging behaviors may be seen."

"I work with children and caregivers who have experienced multiple disruptions, neglect, abuse, or loss of family. Attachment repair in children is geared toward repairing the relationship between the parent and the child while facilitating the child’s ability to trust."  "Trained in the use of DC: 0-3R, I have established an expertise in working with very young children."

"Krista specializes in working with survivors of trauma, neglect and sexual abuse, families in the foster care and adoption systems, families with grief, attachment and chronic health concerns, depression and parents and their adolescents with high risk behaviors."  "She has completed professional training in EMDR, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy, Theraplay, Emotion Focused Couples Therapy and DBT with adolescents."

 

 

Children's Theraplay- Ramsey and Hennepin Counties

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!"
 

Associated Speech and Language- Ramsey and Hennepin Counties

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.  Locations in St. Paul, Shoreview, Maplewood, and Plymouth

Therapy Associates - Isanti County

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

Capernaum Pediatric Therapy- Hennepin County

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. 

Children's therapy center - Dakota County

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

Gillette Children's - Ramsey, Hennepin, and Dakota Counties

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

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 the website.  Locations in Apple Valley, Big Lake, Bloomington, Brainerd/Baxter, Coon Rapids, Duluth, Eden Prairie, Elk River, Maple Grove, New Brighton, St. Cloud, Woodbury.

Lifetrack Children's Therapies Clinic- Ramsey, Hennepin and Olmsted Counties

They work with referred families of highly stressed children ages prenatal to age 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

Royal Family kids camp- St. paul, Mankato, eden prairie, st. peter

"The primary purpose of Royal Family KIDS Camp is to give foster children ages 6-12 a week of positive memories and royal treatment in a Christian Camp environment.

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.