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: 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  

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: Mikayla  

Music has an effect on a lot of people.  Seventeen year old Mikayla gravitates toward music and can’t stand still when she hears it.  Reporter, Kelli Hanson, took her to Art of Dance in Brooklyn Park where she got her own private lesson in Hip-Hop! 

Kid Connection: Matheau  

Whether it was playing a sport, or maybe being involved in gymnastics or dance, finding a passion as a kid can be liberating. You feel like you can really be yourself.  That is a feeling 15-year-old Matheau gets when he's talking about science. He’s one our Kid Connection Children and once TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson found out he liked robots, she knew just the place to take him.

Kid Connection: Kortez  

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  

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  

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: Kalie   Back To Top

A six month, $30 million renovation at the Minnesota Children's Museum is now complete. And if your kids haven't started begging you to go yet, just wait. Everything inside is brand new and it was the perfect place to take Kalie, a 14-year-old who loves to tinker and create.

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: Riley   Back To Top

On Thursdays we like to introduce you to a child right here in Minnesota looking for an adoptive family. This Kid Connection is all about Riley. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson got to hang out with this 9-year-old who loves to be active. She took him to The Art, Martial Arts Studio in Falcon Heights where his skills impressed the owner, a 4th degree Black Belt. Riley’s Adoption Recruiter, Bridget, says he would thrive in a family where he is the youngest child. Riley told us he would love a mom and a dad and brothers and sisters.

Kid Connection: Seth   Back To Top

The Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining audiences since 1926 and they're back in Minneapolis. Just a few days ago one of their star players, Zeus McClurkin made some pretty incredible trick shots at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Kid Connection: Jazzmine   Back To Top

Fourteen-year-old Jazzmine loves to read and she loves animals. She’s been in Minnesota’s adoption system for several years and would one day love to live on a farm. TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson knew exactly where to take her, the Farm Babies Exhibit at The Minnesota Zoo.

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: Lizzy   Back To Top

If you've picked up a coloring crayon lately, you know it can feel pretty nostalgic. Kids love coloring and crafting. Kid Connection child Lizzy fits that mold. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson took the 10-year-old to the Textile Center in Minneapolis where she found out why finding a mom now is so important.

Kid Connection: “HOME”   Back To Top

On Thursdays we bring you stories about kids in your communities waiting to find a family. These kids have moved from place to place, in foster and group care.

Kid Connection: Emmanuel, Angelina, & Maria   Back To Top

Kelli Hanson introduces us to three siblings who know the meaning of “together forever”.  Seven year old Emmanuel, 5 year old Angelina, and 3 year old Maria, who goes by Ree-Ree, have been looking for a permanent home for more than three years. Not only is it important for the three to stay together, separating them is not even an option.

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

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Kid Connection: A Look Back at 2016   Back To Top

Since we started our kid connection series nearly two years ago -- 13 kids have been placed with adoptive families. Even though we celebrate that number, there are still hundreds of school aged kids in Minnesota dreaming of a permanent place to call home.

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: Michael   Back To Top

Thursdays on Twin Cities Live we introduce you to a school-aged kid here in Minnesota in need of a family. Meet Michael, a 17-year-old who has a smile you won't soon forget. Michael wanted to go roller skating so Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson took him to the Roller Garden where she learned he can skate and he can dance!

Kid Connection: Still Looking   Back To Top

We have helped several kids find homes but there are still hundreds of school aged kids in Minnesota looking for new families.  Kelli reintroduces us to two teens whose stories she told before.

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. 
 

Kid Connection: Razziya   Back To Top

The Minnesota Lynx, our states only professional winning team, are on a roll again. They just became the first team in WNBA history to start a season 11-0.

Kid Connection: Jade & Caleb   Back To Top

If you have a sibling, you know the bond that can be formed. They know your quirks and even if they hate you one day, they love you the next.

Kid Connection: Devin   Back To Top

Minnesota is known for their 10,000 plus lakes and good fishing. In fact people from all over the country plan fishing trips here to get out on our water.