Adopting a Child

Olmsted County Social Services provides adoption services to children in the Minnesota Waiting Children’s Program and the families who seek to adopt them.

Before you are eligible to adopt, you will need to go through the same licensing process as one does to become a foster parent.

After your home study is completed and you are licensed for foster care:

  • We will register you on the Minnesota Adoption Exchange and work with them to match you to waiting children.

Keep in mind

If you want to adopt and do not want to use the foster care path, use a private adoption agency.

Learn more 

Children in the foster care system may have special needs. These can include physical, emotional, and behavioral. Many children (but not all) qualify for medical assistance and financial assistance.

We encourage you to learn more about adoption. Attend one of our informational sessions:

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