Help Us Create A More Equitable Health System

We've partnered with The Color of Care documentary from Executive Producer Oprah Winfrey -- streaming now on the Smithsonian Channel. Learn more below and find ways to get involved today.
Read More

We're sorry, this opportunity is no longer active.

Please find other opportunities.

Find Opportunities
  • 1 person is interested

Be a Buddy to an Adoptive Family

Save to Favorites

ORGANIZATION: Ampersand Families

  • 1 person is interested

Be a Buddy Family

Do you want to make a difference in the life of a youth but can’t make the commitment to adopt right now? Are you thinking about becoming an adoptive family some day, but want to first learn as much as possible about what a family built through older youth adoption looks like? Maybe you have a lot of respect for people who adopt and wonder how you can help them in a very concrete way?

Take a look at becoming an Ampersand Families buddy family.

Buddy Families,
* Build a personal relationship with one specific set of parents and youth.
* Spend a couple evenings and one weekend a month with the youth, so that everyone can have a break from the intense work of family building.
* Help with occasional transportation.
* Provide a listening ear, and maybe a cup of coffee, to parents when times get tough.
* Occasional activities together as families.
* Buddy families help adoptive parents feel community support as they do the work of parenting a youth who has experienced trauma.

Next Buddy Family Training is May 8th, 2019 from 6-9pm.

For more information or to sign up for an upcoming buddy family training, please contact Renee at Ampersand Families,

More opportunities with Ampersand Families

2 Reviews

No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.

About Ampersand Families


1751 County Rd. B W, Suite 300, Roseville, MN 55113, US

Mission Statement

Ampersand Families provides permanency and adoption services to older youth and families who face barriers to equity in child welfare, and champions systemic changes that advance belonging, dignity and hope. Our vision is that every young person whose life has been disrupted by trauma and subsequent child welfare intervention will be restored to a safe, permanent family with an urgency that honors the brevity of childhood.


Ampersand Families is the only adoption agency in Minnesota whose services are all aimed at providing permanency and adoption services for older youth and families who face barriers to equity in Minnesota's child welfare system - that's older youth (mostly ages 10 and older), Black, brown and Indigenous and GLBTQ youth. The agency provides child specific recruitment services to youth, training/home studies and support to relative and non-relative families, and consultation and training regarding equity in the delivery of permanency services.

Ampersand Families is committed to ensuring that youth retain connections to relatives, kin, community and culture even as they experience the heartache of being involved in the child welfare system. Whenever possible, we strive to achieve permanency with a relative or someone already known to the youth. We welcome non-relative families to the adoption process and support them to navigate the complex world of helping youth heal from trauma.

Ampersand Families provides adoption services through the Public Private Adoption Initiative (PPAI), funded by Minnesota Department of Human Services. The margin of excellence and innovation that are standard at Ampersand Families' are funded by generous foundation, corporate and individual donors.

We are also the home of Minnesota Heart Gallery--a statewide effort, benefiting from nearly 150 volunteer photographers, to promote awareness of waiting youth. Visit the gallery at


Advocacy & Human Rights
Children & Youth
Advocacy & Human Rights, Children & Youth, Community


We'll work with your schedule.


2515 Wabash AveSuite 150Saint PaulSaint Paul, MN 55114



  • Mentoring
  • Youth Services
  • Child Welfare
  • Child Development
  • Special Needs




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training

Report this opportunity