Our team works with youth age 10 and older to help move them from temporary foster or residential placements into permanent families. Our Permanency Specialists help youth hold onto hope, even when hope seems far away..
Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity and hope.
There are about 1,000 Minnesota children and teens awaiting adoption. We build a circle of support around youth - knowing that relationships with important adults are something every teen needs. Since our founding we've helped more than 180 youth move home.
We work with people who want to adopt a youth they already know (usually a relative, like a grandchild, niece or nephew) and people who want to step up to adopt a youth from foster care who they do not already know. Whether a relative or non-relative family, prospective adoptive parents can expect a strong partner in Ampersand Families - One of our hallmarks is our commitment to providing support for as long as youth and adoptive families need it - no matter how long ago they adopted.
The triple pandemics of COVID, recession and long-overdue racial reckoning in our community disproportionately impacts the youth we serve. Because of that, we are working hard to help them navigate the heightened burden of fear and uncertainty they feel regarding the health and safety of family and friends. They desperately need adults to help them find hope for the years ahead.
No child should have to experience these triple crisis without the support of a permanent family.
If you are interested in making a gift of stock or including Ampersand Families in your will or other planned giving arrangement, please contact Al Willig at 612.559.0069.
If you would like to make your gift via Electronic Funds Transfer directly from your bank account or have other questions regarding making a gift to Ampersand Families, please contact Al Willig at 612.559.0069 or Michelle Chalmers at 612.605.1902
2020 Tax Information: Because of recent changes in U.S. tax regulations for charitable contributions, even if you do not itemize deductions you can deduct up to $300 in charitable contributions to a qualified 501(c)(3) organization from your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on your 2020 federal income tax filing. Talk to your tax advisor for more information.