Explore adoption!

Right now in Minnesota there’s a critical shortage of foster parents and adoptive parents. 

On any given day, there are more than 10,000 Minnesota children in foster care, and, as of this printing, 820 kids are waiting to be adopted. 

“Families who adopt through foster care are meeting a direct, urgent need in our community by provide a safe, loving, permanent home for a child,” said Karol Jensen-Schneider, the fostering network coordinator for MN Adopt. “These are children who will face staggering odds without the support and security of a permanent family as they reach adulthood.”

More than 50 percent of the kids in need of homes are located outside the Twin Cities — and more than half are older than 12 or part of a sibling group that needs to remain together. 

You can learn more about how foster care and adoption work and learn more about specific children in need of adoptive families at mnadopt.org, or you might consider attending the organization’s annual celebration of adoption known as Circus of the Heart.

This kid-friendly indoor festival, which is free and open to all, will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. on Nov. 4 at Northern Star Scouting Base Camp in St. Paul. People can learn more about resources available to foster and adoptive families and hear the success stories of local kids and families who have experienced the joys of adoption.

The day — held in honor of National Adoption Awareness Month — includes games, crafts, mascots, a petting zoo, pony rides, clowns, face painting, nail painting, henna art, refreshments, reptiles, photo opportunities, Dance Dance Revolution, Wii Sports and prize drawings.

Learn more mnadopt.org.