Social Services - Children's Services


Beltrami County Health and Human Services adoption program primarily works with children who have been involved with the child protection system.  Our initial goal is to reunify children with their biological parents.  In the event that this does not/cannot occur and there are no relatives able/appropriate to make a long term commitment to the child(ren), the parents’ rights to the child(ren) are terminated and the child(ren) becomes a State Ward.  The agency then seeks out a permanent family for the child through adoption.  It is our goal to match the child with a family that is best able to meet the child’s individual needs and personality. 

Children who need adoptive homes range in ages from birth to 18.  Most children we work with are school age and have experienced emotional, physical, and/or sexual abuse.  Some children have learning disabilities or developmental delays, are a sibling group to be adopted together, have had prenatal exposure to drugs and/or alcohol or may struggle with emotional/behavioral problems related to their experiences and who may require extra patience and care from

To begin the process of becoming an adoptive parent to a special needs child, you will need to complete a home study.  Beltrami County Health and Human Services participates in the Public/Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI) program.  Through this initiative, the Minnesota Department of Human Services contracts with private adoption agencies to complete home studies for families interested in adopting children through the child welfare system.  For further information about this type of adoption and to begin the home study process, please contact a private agency participating in PPAI .  A list of these agencies can be found at MN Adopt. Costs associated with the adoption for Minnesota’s Waiting Children are paid for or reimbursed by the MN Department of Human Services.

Application to apply for Adoption and Child Foster Care Provider Services

Adoption and Foster Care Individual Fact Sheet