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Children's Home Society of Minnesota

Children's Home Society of Minnesota is committed to help children thrive; and to build, strengthen and sustain individual, family and community life.

Mission Statement
Review Completed: 6/25/2012
1605 Eustis Street
St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 651-646-7771
Fax: 651-646-8676
EIN 41-0693906
Principal Staff Jodi Harpstead, CEO
Affiliations Council on Accreditation Council on Accreditation Hague
General Information
Board Chair
Number of Board Members 21
Board meetings with quorum 4
Average Member Attendance at Board Meetings 15.25
Publicly Available Documents Most Recent 990
Most Recent Audit
Children’s Home Society of Minnesota has united nearly 25,000 children with permanent families and supported each adopted child in seeking a sense of his or her culture and history. Children's Home services support domestic infant, waiting children, and international adoption and offer post-adoption child and family support and resources. Children's Home offers an array of domestic and international adoption services that place infants and children from the U.S. and eleven countries worldwide in loving, permanent homes. Currently, the greatest need is to identify adoptive families for waiting children, who are usually older children or adolescents, many of whom have emotional or physical disabilities that require extra attention, patience and care. We are looking for homes for an average of 300-500 children waiting internationally, and many more in foster care here in Minnesota who will not be able to return to their birth families. For over 40 years, our Early Learning Centers provide quality learning environments that focus on each major area of child development – social, emotional, language, motor, intellectual and academic development. Each of our six centers provides a safe, supportive environment designed to help children play, learn and grow in preparation for kindergarten. We use a nationally recognized curriculum, High/Scope, and regularly monitor the progress of all children using the Work Sampling evaluation tool, which is used by the Minnesota Department of Education to assess school readiness. Our children are consistently prepared for kindergarten at a higher-than-average rate, even when they are learning English for the first time.
Current Goals
[1] Children's Home to partner with Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS), effective July 1, 2012 through the implementation of a management services agreement. LSS assumes operational management while CHSFS will retain its 501(c)3 status and remain a separate organization with its own name, board of directors and maintain control of its endowment. [2] Successfully place 263 children in permanent adoptive homes
Community or Constituency Served
Adoption Programs - Children in need of permanent families; often older children, sibling groups, children with a history of abuse or neglect, and children with special needs. Adults who are adoptive parens or prospective adoptive parents. Adopted persons from youth through adulthood. Early Childhood Care & Education Programs- Children from infancy through preschool. Community locations serve children from low-income, immigrant and refugee households. International Child Welfare - Children in orphanage care abroad. Vulnerable children and families in impoverished communities and developing countries.
Geographic Area Served
Adoption Programs - Families throughout the United States, primarily in Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, Maryland and Virgina. International adoption: China, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ethiopia, Honduras, India, Korea and Russia. Minnesota's Waiting Children: Minnesota. Internatrional Child Welfare - China, Colombia, Ecuador, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Nepal, Peru, Romania, Russia, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam. Early Childhood Care and Education Program - Twin Cities Metro
Impact and Programs

3 Year Average Expenses

Program Services: $20,142,776 82.2%
Management: $3,287,584 13.4%
Fundraising: $1,086,808 4.4%

Unrestricted Net Assets

2011 2010 2009
End of Year: $828,545 $2,317,211 $1,203,499
Beginning of Year $2,317,211 $1,203,499 $4,117,743
Difference ($1,488,666) $1,113,712 ($2,914,244)
Unrestricted Net Assets (End of Year), Current 990 $828,545
Based on information provided on 2009 to 2011
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