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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P.O. Box 75, Elk River, MN 55330
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  • We'd like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to AOCM volunteer, Kimberley C. today. We first met Kimberley at the Birthmothers retreat last fall and formed an instant connection. She was so touched by the retreat experience that she decided to pay it forward in a big way ... Kimberley recently held a cookie sale and raised enough money to cover costs for four women to attend the 2015 retreat! We are so grateful for her creativity in supporting the retreat in this way! Unfortunately, her kitchen is closed and she is no longer taking orders, but luckily she shared this photo of her sweet treats for all to enjoy. Thank you, Kimberley!

  • Wow! On Monday, four volunteers spoke with 150 students during five health classes at Roseville High School! It’s such a pleasure to reach so many students and be invited back by the same teachers semester after semester. Kimberly shared her experience about making an adoption plan for her daughter 18 years ago. Linda spoke about the process that men and women go through as they consider adoption for their child. Rebecca helped students understand how they can provide support to anyone who is going through some kind of crisis. And finally, Hal shared information about how adoption has changed over the years and what it’s like to try to adopt a child. We can’t wait to return to Roseville at the end of the school year!
  • The Adoption Option Speakers Panel had a great visit today with students in Rogers. One birth mother was a new volunteer on the panel. Her story of becoming a parent at 15, then choosing adoption as a way to provide him with stability, brought lots of questions from the students. We are humbled by our panel members who generously share their stories as a means of educating Minnesota students about adoption.

  • We'd be so happy to see you on Friday, March 13, for "Pints for a Cause" at Tin Whiskers Brewery in St. Paul. Mark your calendars. Tell your friends. The more the merrier -- and the more $ raised for a great cause! Let us know if you'll be there by RSVP'ing on our event page: