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Become an adoptive or kinship family

Information about the adoption process is described in Completing an Adoption in Minnesota  DHS-3206 (PDF). It reviews the responsibilities of birth parents, adoptive parents and agencies in completing an adoption. Answers to Your Questions about Adoption DHS-0698 (PDF) is intended for adoptive parents, birth parents and adopted children.

Foster Adopt Minnesota (FAM) provides information, resources, education, public awareness and support to find stable and permanent homes for children.

Support and training for families

Find adoption records

Adoption records are confidential, but searches for birth family members can be initiated by an adopted individual 19 or older, genetic siblings 19 years or older of an adoptee, adoptive parents and birth parents. Begin a search for birth records DHS-6802 (PDF).

Placing a child for adoption

Parents who are not able to care and provide for their child can consider placing their baby for adoption. Many organizations in Minnesota can help with this.

Safe Place for Newborns

New mothers, or someone with their permission, can leave their newborn at certain locations under the state's Safe Place for Newborns law, if their newborn is one week old or younger and unharmed.

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