Organization Established under the name Citizen’s Coalition on Permanence for Children
The MN ADOPT organization was founded in 1980 under the name Citizen’s Coalition on Permanence for Children. This founding group, which included a mix of advocacy-minded adoptive and foster parents, was borne out of a collective concern about the trauma experienced by Minnesota foster children. Multiple out-of-home placements, which often were long term, were the norm. With no collective goal or advocacy systems in place for reunification, kinship placement, or adoption, most of these children lived with temporary, non-kin families until they reached the age of eighteen. At that time, they ‘aged-out’ (i.e., became no longer eligible for foster care) and experienced heightened risks for homelessness, poverty, incarceration, and chemical dependency.