Ampersand Families is seeking board members who believe that all children and teens have the right to connections to relatives, kin, community and culture - even if their parent/s are struggling to safely care for them. You are a good fit for our board if you are a brave truth-teller who cares about the youth and families who are least likely to receive equitable services and outcomes from Minnesota's child welfare system - older youth, sibling sets, youth/families of color and GLBT youth are who we mostly serve.
Board members are expected to attend meetings, participate in committee work and to support the agency's fundraising efforts. Time commitment is about 3 hours a month. Board terms are two years, with the possibility of up to 3 consecutive terms (6 years total).
Ampersand Families is currently recruiting board members with expertise in marketing, public policy, database design, fundraising, and personnel or family law. In order to better represent the youth and families we serve, we are especially seeking board candidates with these skill sets who are also people of color or indigenous, LGBTQ-identified, and/or who live outside of the seven county metro area. Persons with personal and/or professional experience with any aspect of the child welfare system are especially encouraged to explore membership.
2515 Wabash Ave, Suite 150, Saint Paul, MN 55114, US
Ampersand Families recruits and supports permanent families for older youth, and champions practices in adoption and permanency that restore belonging, dignity, and hope.
Ampersand Families is the only adoption agency in Minnesota that focuses exclusively on finding permanent families for waiting youth ages 10 and older. The agency provides child specific recruitment services to youth, training/home studies and support to families, and consultation and training regarding permanency.
Ampersand Families provides adoption services through the Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI), funded by Minnesota Department of Human Services. Thanks to PPAI, virtually every family served by Ampersand Families receives training, home study and placement support at no cost to the family. Post finalization support is provided by Ampersand Families through the financial generosity of individual, corporate and foundation donors.
Ampersand Families is also the home of Minnesota Heart Gallery--a statewide effort to promote awareness of waiting youth and to promote a waiting child's sense of dignity and worth through the use of professional photography. Heart Gallery relies on the expertise of nearly 200 volunteer photographers. Visit the gallery at www.minnesotaheartgallery.org.