Opening hearts in Minnesota classrooms

Why do our volunteers care so much about educating Minnesota students about adoption? Well, there are lots of reasons. Perhaps the most important reason is that a classroom might be the only place students receive accurate information about the topic. One of our speakers, Kate, feels so strongly about adoption education that she put her own personal story into the form of a special video message to educators. Please take a moment to watch it:

AOCM makes education easily available, with the choice of an 33-minute video or an in-person presentation. An incentive is available to educators who use the video presentation and offer feedback via a brief survey. Learn more at

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Adoption Option Council of Minnesota was pleased to host a Birth Mother’s Retreat on Sept. 19-21, 2014. This gathering, called “Stronger Together,” provided 16 birth mothers with a weekend of friendship, learning and support.

Thanks to all of our retreat supporters, including top-tier “Evergreen” sponsor Children’s Home and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.

This was a life-changing event for these women who found they are, indeed, Stronger Together! Learn more.

Minnesota Loves Adoption

Celebrating the many ways adoption has touched their lives, Minnesota individuals and families have come together to share their stories. Adoption Option Council of Minnesota is pleased to present those stories in a beautiful hard cover book called “Minnesota Loves Adoption.” Click on the image below to learn more about this program and how you can get involved.

AOCM is not a political or religious organization.

AOCM Sponsored Websites

ITK (In the Know) Teens is a resource created to engage teens about the subject of adoption. Minnesota Loves Adoption is an online scrapbook, providing a forum for Minnesotans to share their real stories of adoption with others.

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  • One of AOCM's new volunteers let us know that she'll be sharing her story from her book, "Sunlight On My Shadow: A Birthmother's Journey from Secrecy to Renewal," this Saturday morning at St. Patrick's Catholic Church's Circles of Claddaugh meeting. The church is located in Cedar. All are women, teens and guests are welcome, free of charge. But you must register. Here is a link for more information, if you'd like to attend her presentation and show your support.

    St. Patrick Catholic Church
    Church of Saint Patrick of Cedar Creek - St. Patrick Catholic Parish in Oak Grove, MN
  • Our speakers panel had a fun time at Litchfield Middle School this morning sharing the adoption option with a class of 8th graders!

  • Our panels had great travel weather this week for our trips to Jordan and Cannon Falls high schools! All in all, we reached 260 students in 11 classes who listened attentively to our stories. We always enjoy the students' insightful questions - one 8th grader asked, "If kids have birth parents already, why do they need adoptive parents?" We responded that sometimes birth parents choose adoption as a way to provide for their children emotionally, physically, or financially in ways that they may not be able to. All children need loving people to care for them, so birth parents and adoptive parents work together to create a plan that provides this care. Thank you to our volunteers who traveled with us!

  • Dear Speaker Volunteers: We are in need of one or two additional panelists for our presentation in Cannon Falls this Thursday. Drop us a note if you can help out. Thanks!

  • State increases incentives for foster parents to adopt
    Thousands of Minnesota children living in temporary foster care could find permanent homes under a new state program that eliminates the long-standing financial penalty for people who adopt foster children