I AM AN ADOPTIVE PARENT
We know that the journey does not end when the papers are signed. Here at Foster the Love MN, we would love to share in your journey with you!
Send us a message or email with how we can help. Or, send us a short story of how you were placed with your precious gift(s), and let us know what services you have found to be helpful for your child(ren).
We may just add your story or ideas to the website!
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! And Check out our community resources page for additional helps!
Check out Focus On The Family's great list of resources for foster/adoptive parents and/or their events and helpline.
Foster/Adoptive Parent support groups:
Embrace Foster/Adoptive Support Group- Facebook faith-based support group- Ramsey and Washington counties.
The above listings are Facebook foster/adoptive parent support groups
oster 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 email@example.com for more info.
"Every other month, Bellis hosts evenings of Adoption Connection....for adoptive parents, birth parents, adopted persons, and birth or adoptive grant parents. We start in a large group format, then break into facilitated small group discussions." Upcoming events: Jan. 27, 2018- Adoption Speaker's Workshop 9:30-11:30 Eden Prairie Library & Jan. 28, 2018- Adoption Connection 6-8 pm. & Adoption Speaker's Workshop 9:30-11:30 April 21, 2018.
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.
Adoption Support Network- Support Groups
Support groups in Crystal, New Ulm, St. Paul, Maple Grove, Blaine, Minnetonka, Bemidji, Apple Valley, Brainerd, Woodbury, St. Louis Park ,Coon Rapids, Cambridge, Mankato, and Plymouth covering a range of topics and some intended for foster children themselves.
Highly Recommended Trauma and Attachment Therapists:
Marit E. Appledoorn, MSW, LICSW- Integrative approach to therapy in Minneapolis
"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~
Jennfer M. Russell- marriage and family therapist ma lmft- St. paul
"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."
Deena McMahon Counseling & Consultation Services msw, LICSW- St. Paul
"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 M. Nelson MA, LICSW, LMFT- Family of Circle Counseling- St. Paul
"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."
Other Helpful Experts and podcasts/videos
Barb Clark- Expert on FASD Parenting and can field most adoption questions you may have!
FASD Training Video
"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."