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Minnesota individuals and families who want to pursue adoption of Minnesota waiting children are required to attend Pre-Adopt Education Classes. This can be completed through Children’s Home Society of Minnesota & Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (CHLSS).

CHLSS Pre-Adoption Education Classes

  • This is a requirement to work with one of the six (no fee) Public/Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI) agencies.
  • This pre-adoption series is offered via live webinar 20-24 times per year.
  • Information will be provided about all the PPAI agencies for families who have not yet selected their agency prior to this training.
  • Individuals/families who plan to use a county, tribal or non-PPAI adoption agency are welcome to attend and should verify it will qualify for their process.
  • Click here to register for an upcoming training.

Individuals/families who complete the pre-adopt education classes can choose to work with:

  • One of the six (no fee) PPAI agencies. Click here to find information about the PPAI agencies who are licensed and contracted with Minnesota’s Department of Human Services (DHS) to facilitate the foster care adoption process for Minnesota’s waiting children.
  • A private (for fee) agency. Feel free to inquire with other private child-placement agencies who are licensed by DHS. These agencies are also involved with permanency planning for children; however, their fees and processes may differ.
  • Your local county Health and Human Services agency. Click here to find the contact information for your county’s foster care program. Please note some county agencies only license for foster care and may refer you to a PPAI agency if your ultimate goal is adoption. There is no fee to license through your county or tribe.
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