Kid Connection

MN ADOPT promotes and supports successful adoptions for Minnesota children and families by providing information, resources, education, public awareness and support in an effort to find stable and permanent homes for Minnesota waiting children. We serve Minnesota children and their adoptive, kinship and foster families.
 

Kid Connection Update  

For the past three years Twin Cities Live has worked to help create families for kids in our communities. It's our series we call Kid Connection and it's helped find permanent homes for more than 20 children.  But we aren't finished yet. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson stopped by with a few updates.

Kid Connection: Brooke  

For the past three years, Twin Cities Live has been introducing you to kids in our communities in need of a permanent home.  Since then, more than 20 children we've featured have found a family. That hope continues for another young girl, 17-year-old Brooke. As Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson shows us, Brooke loves photography and it’s why a local photographer helped create a picture perfect day.

Kid Connection: Danzell  

Tuesdays on the show we feature a school aged child in need of an adoptive family. Danzell is a 12-year-old who we found out loves rides. It’s why Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson took him to Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America to scream their heads off!

Kid Connection Update: Vanessa & Julia  

Over the last 3-years we've brought you stories about kids in need of an adoptive family and love to bring you updates. This one is about 2 young girls who dreamed of not only being adopted, but adopted together. Julia and Vanessa met when they were just 9 and 10 in a group home. They quickly became best of friends and like family. But then they were split up and moved to different foster homes, hours apart.

Kid Connection: Update  

It's been almost 3-years since we began our Kid Connection series, introducing you to kids right here in our communities that are in foster or group care, but want a family to call their own. Since that first story, families have been created. And with it being a new year, we wanted to give you an update on many of the kids you've met.

Kid Connection: Jayden  

Kids these days can run circles around adults when it comes to computers. They're even learning coding in middle school. Computers are what grabbed the attention of this week's kid connection child, Jayden. As Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson found out, he hopes technology and so much more feeds his future.

Kid Connection: Eli  

TCL’s Kelli Hanson introduces us to Minnesota kids who are available for adoption.  She likes to take them places where they can just have fun and we can get a glimpse of their real personalities.  She brought 10-year old Eli to Leonardo’s Basement – a place in Minneapolis where all you have to do is let your imagination run free and play.  

Kid Connection: Rory   Back To Top

Twin Cities Live is all about Food, Fashion and Fun. But there's one thing we don't want you to think we're forgetting, and that’s Family. And family is why we bring you our Kid Connection series.  Meet 7-year-old Rory who shared with Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson why having a mom and a dad is important. And in turn, Kelli was able to surprise her with a trip to the American Girl store.

Kid Connection: Kortez   Back To Top

TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson introduces us to school age children looking for a place to call home.  She met thirteen year old Kortez and took him to make a stuffed animal at Build-A-Bear.  What she learned was that what he really wants is something much more important.

Kid Connection: Thelma   Back To Top

15-year-old Thelma loves to cook and bake and has even been known to make dinner for a crowd. But this young girl, whose friends call her "Telma" wants that kitchen to be in a permanent home, with a mom and a dad. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson introduces us to Thelma in this Kid Connection. 

Kid Connection: Sharice   Back To Top

Sharice is a 16-year-old, soon to be Junior in high school and all she wants is a fresh start. This young woman has big plans for her future which include helping people. But what she wants most of all is a mom, dad and older siblings. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson took Sharice to the new Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center. There they got their very own tour, Kelli got a lesson in how to take the perfect selfie, and Sharice opened up about what adoption means to her.

Kid Connection: Cloey   Back To Top

Thursday’s on Twin Cities Live we feature a school aged child in search of their forever family. It's a series we call Kid Connection. Meet Cloey. She's 15, and has been in the adoption system since she was 7-years-old. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson got to meet Cloey and she says even though she’s an older teen, Cloey still needs a permanent home.

Kid Connection: Taniyah Back To Top

Twelve year old Taniyah got up close and personal with the kangaroos at the Minnesota Zoo – in spite of her bad leg!  Kelli Hanson brought her to the new exhibit at the zoo to get to know her a little bit better.  Taniyah really wants a mom in her life and preferably older siblings.

Kid Connection: Talondre   Back To Top

Thursdays on Twin Cities Live, we feature a child here in Minnesota that is in the adoption system - living in either a foster or a group home.

Kid Connection: MaKayla   Back To Top

Thursday’s on Twin Cities Live, we feature one of Minnesota's waiting children. MaKayla is a 14-year-old that has been searching for the right match for several years. She’d like one or two moms, older siblings, and most important a dog. She told TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson she loves Pitbulls. And that’s when we found A Rotta Love Plus, a rescue organization that works to rehome Pitbulls and Rottweilers. MaKayla got the chance to interact with two Pitbulls and what it created was pure joy.

Kid Connection: Gabe   Back To Top

Thursdays on Twin Cities Live we introduce you to a child in Minnesota, that on the surface seems like any other kid. They go to school, they have friends, but on the inside something is missing and that's a place in a family. In this Kid Connection TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson introduces us to a bright smile. Gabe is a teenager who has found his people through his love of sports.

Kid Connection: CJ   Back To Top

Horse Therapy is a treatment that can physically and emotionally help to treat things like ADHD, anxiety, dementia and depression.

Kid Connection: Kortez   Back To Top

TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson introduces us to school age children looking for a place to call home.  She met thirteen year old Kortez and took him to make a stuffed animal at Build-A-Bear.  What she learned was that what he really wants is something much more important.

Kid Connection: Jacob   Back To Top

Thursday's on Twin Cities Live we introduce you to kids that are in need of a family. It's a series we call Kid Connection and one child is hanging on tight to his faith.  TCL’s Kelli Hanson found out that 16-year-old Jacob loves being active so she got him out on the track at ProKART Indoor Racing, where you drive European racing carts that can go up to 40 miles per hour.

Kid Connecion: Lonnae   Back To Top

Since we started our Kid Connection series a year and a half ago, 15 kids have been placed with adoptive families. And the teen in this Kid Connection, hopes to be number 16 on that list. 

Kid Connection: Foster Art Company   Back To Top

When your child brings home a piece of art from school, it usually goes on the refrigerator. But what if that painting or drawing could be sold -- and help a child in need all at the same time? It's an idea a Minnesota mom had and it turned into a company.  
 
 

Kid Connection: Aaron   Back To Top

As a kid, finding a passion, something you really love is important. It can help shape your identity build an imagination and let your personality shine. That’s what happened with TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson took 13-year-old Aaron to the Minnesota Zoo this summer. What she found was a kid who loves dinosaurs, love math and science and one that can’t wait to be loved by a family.

Kid Connection: Ethan   Back To Top

Thursday’s on Twin Cities Live, we feature a child looking for a place to call home forever. We call it Kid Connection, helping the hundreds of school aged kids here in Minnesota connect with and find a family.

Kid Connection: Fostering a Child   Back To Top

Over the last year we’ve introduced you to several school-aged children here in Minnesota looking for an adoptive family. We’ve also met kids who have found their forever family. But we haven’t really touched on another huge need in the system. That need is foster families. A Champlin family is urging people to consider opening their home to kids in their greatest time of need, for a roof over their head and love. In this Kid Connection, TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson introduces us to the Massenburgs, a family who has opened their home to more than 100 children over the last 9 years.

Kid Connection: Adopting Josie & Chris   Back To Top

The bond of a brother and sister who were in Minnesota’s adoption system is still strong after they found separate families. Josie and Chris had been in the system for several years, and were separated recently. Still they longed to see each other. Knowing the two couldn’t be adopted together, their Adoption Recruiter crafted a grand plan and created an even bigger family for the two. 

Kid Connection: Update   Back To Top

Over the past year our "Kid Connection" stories have helped find permanent homes for more than 10 kids. But there are still many school-aged kids in Minnesota who are waiting to find a family.