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Introduction to the important work of Minnesota Adoption Resource Network

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MARN Introduction

  1. 1. Overview
  2. 2. Our Mission – In their words… Brittney, 15 Brett, 13 Joe, 15 What I am looking for in a family I think it would be great to have I really want a family with a is a mom & a dad or a single a mom & a dad but I’m open to mom & a dad & I am open to mom. I also would love to have having a single parent too. I miss older siblings. I live in a rural a mom that would like to do my sister so it would be nice to setting right now & I like the girly things (like shopping) with have a sibling or two. I suppose I feeling of a small town. A family me. While all of this is very could adjust to being spoiled as that also lives in a rural area important, I also want a family an only child! would be a great fit for me! that is active & has a lot of fun! I Most of all, I am looking for a Bottom line: I need what would like parents that are family that likes to hang out everyone else does. I need a patient, forgiving, kind & loving. together, celebrates holidays family who will love me, not give I have been waiting for a long together & sticks together, no up on me, & accept me, even time but am very hopeful that matter what. with the challenges that face the right family is out there for me. me. 2
  3. 3. Our Mission Minnesota Adoption Resource Network is the only non-profit in our state dedicated to the recruitment of permanent families for Minnesota’s waiting children. 650 Minnesota children and teens wait for a On any given day, family. We’re launching a Zero Kids Waiting Campaign to reduce the number of waiting children to ZERO. 3
  4. 4. The Problem • How long must a child wait? Nat’l avg wait for a child is nearly 4 years in continuous care – Nat’l avg from TPR: 14.5 months; Minnesota average: 16.5 – Over the past 5 years, only 40% find adoptive homes – – Older children are less likely to be adopted • While 40% are 12 to 18 years old, accounted for only 18% of adoptions • How significant is the problem? – Cost of not finding families for our vulnerable children is high 36% become homeless • 36% are incarcerated • 31% become welfare beneficiaries • The teenage pregnancy rate is double that of their peers • 40% probability of being unemployed by age 24* • *Data provided by Coming of Age report prepared by the Urban Institute under contract with US Dept of Health & Human Services 4
  5. 5. Our Approach • Connect adoption agencies with prospective parents & help them navigate the system • Do not represent parents or agencies - We stand for the waiting children of Minnesota • Give dignity, hope & a voice to children in foster care • We believe every Minnesota child & teen deserves a permanent family. 5
  6. 6. Our Programs • Our Voices Matter – Youth-driven leadership program for foster and adopted teens – Provides advocacy and self-recruitment • Minnesota State Adoption Exchange – Searchable database of waiting children • Minnesota Adoption Support & Preservation – Helps families that have adopted with training, support, newsletter, website • Raising Awareness – e-Newsletter – KSTP’s “Thursday’s Child & Star Tribune’s “Featured Child” – Minnesota’s Waiting Children Magazine – Zero Kids Waiting Campaign 6
  7. 7. Corporate Partnership • Charities Review Council – Oct 2008 • Financial Support – Annual Fund Campaign - $200,000 • Raise Awareness – Inclusion in company publications, newsletters, website – Access to company venues & events to educate prospective adoptive families – Featured charity • Impact Focused – Collaborate with organizations, companies, faith communities & individuals 7
  8. 8. ZeroKidsWaiting To many, zero means nothing. When it comes to children waiting for parents, we believe that ZERO means everything! 8