Organizational Policy Statements
The following are policy issues universally supported by Foster Adopt Minnesota Board of Directors and staff.
Foster Adopt Minnesota Policy on Re-Homing
Foster Adopt Minnesota, a non-profit organization founded in 1980 on the principles of finding families for Minnesota children needing adoptive homes, adheres and recommends policies and practices that prevent and deter “re-homing” or passing an adopted child to another family without therapeutic and legal oversight. This practice has been connected to using technology such as the internet and social media, to abandon and traffic the children to families without any professional oversight.
Foster Adopt Minnesota believes that adoption, like giving birth to a child, is for life. Our programs proscribe the vetting of families before they adopt. Our services include pre and post adoption support to families. This support is essential to the health of the family, especially to families that may be in a crisis. As adoption professionals and role-models for the next generation, our greatest responsibility is to the children we serve. To assure their safety and well-being, we insist that only child-placing licensed entities have the authority to move Minnesota children from one home to another. Our professional responsibility is to call Child Protection as appropriate.
Until Minnesota enacts laws that restrict the advertising and custody transfers of children, Foster Adopt Minnesota will continue to educate families and placing agencies of the dangers of this practice to children.
Foster Adopt Minnesota Policy on Support for Open Access to Adoption Records
Foster Adopt Minnesota supports the civil and human rights of all people. Having information and access to records regarding one’s birth identity is a basic right. Sadly, this right continues to not be awarded uniformly across the United States to a specific population: adult citizens who were adopted as children.
Foster Adopt Minnesota believes all people should have the right to access their original birth records. Our organization fundamentally believes that:
- All adopted persons have the same right to their identity as all other persons
- To deny adopted person’s access to their original birth certificates is to deny basic civil and human rights
- To have one’s birth history via original birth certificate provides a base of personal understanding and human validation that adopted persons should have the right to access
Foster Adopt Minnesota intimately knows that adoption is a very complicated experience that has unique challenges for all involved. Due to this, Foster Adopt Minnesota supports an open records process that takes into consideration the needs and perspectives of all parties involved. Foster Adopt Minnesota also supports and advocates for appropriate supportive services available to all those touched by adoption to help navigate the life-long adoption experience.
For those interested in learning more about ways in which they can support/advocate, please visit: www.mnadoptreform.org