Imagine Being a Kid Separated from Family Right Now.

Imagine Being a Kid Separated from Family Right Now.

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Grandmas call us for help when they face barriers to being considered as a foster or adoptive home for a beloved child. Youth shouldn't lose their whole family just because their parents are struggling. $2000 provides consults to 4 relatives.

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$5 per month

$5.00/month sends a birthday card to a youth who is in foster care or a residential program awaiting adoption. Although this gesture seems small, many of the youth we work with will not hear from anyone on their special day. We know it matters.

$15 per month

Waiting for adoption is hard - for about 1,000 reasons. Teens find it easier to talk about it with their Ampersand Families worker when an activity or snack is involved. $15/month buys that snack or activity - you can make it just a teeny bit easier.

$25 per month

Helps a youth who has bounced for years between foster homes to reclaim their own history and story. A lifebook is a precious gift of photos, notes from special people from their past and answers to their questions about the hard parts of their life.

$100

$100 provides sensory resources for parents to help their newly adopted teen build skills to calm themselves and to heal from trauma.

$500

Grandmas call us for help when they face barriers to being considered as a foster or adoptive home for a beloved child. Youth shouldn't lose their whole family just because their parents are struggling. $500 provides one relative with consultation.

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Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope.


Right now there are about 1,000 Minnesota children and teens awaiting adoption. Our team works with youth age 10 and older to help move them from temporary foster or residential placements into permanent families. Our Permanency Specialists help youth hold onto hope, even when it's really hard to do so. We are committed to helping build a circle of support around our youth - knowing that relationships with important adults are something every teen needs.


We work with people who want to adopt a youth they already know (usually a relative, like a grandchild, niece or nephew) and people who want to step up to adopt a youth from foster care who they do not already know. Whether a relative or non-relative family, prospective adoptive parents can expect a strong partner in Ampersand Families - One of our hallmarks is our commitment to providing support for as long as youth and adoptive families need it - no matter how long ago they adopted.


Children and teens in foster and residential care are especially hard hit by the COVID-19 crisis. They are separated from family and generally not even having visits at this time. Youth of color are disproportionately represented among youth awaiting adoption, and because COVID-19 is hitting their communities with a particular vengeance, our youth are also managing the added burden of fear and uncertainty regarding the health of family and friends.


No child should have to experience this crisis without the support of a permanent family.





Ampersand Families is a tax-exempt public charity (federal tax ID #14-2004438 ). All contributions are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. No goods or services were provided in exchange for your generous financial donation.