Kid Connection: Meet Ethan

Kid Connection: Meet Ethan
We’ve been introducing you to kids in Minnesota adoption system for years.  These kids are school-aged who fully understand why a family is important.  We first introduced you to Ethan in 2016, when he was just 8 years old.  He’s now 14 and is still longing for a family.  To learn more about Ethan and all of Minnesota’s waiting kids,...

Kid Connection: Meet Sean

Kid Connection: Meet Sean
KSTP has been dedicated to connecting families with children in Minnesota's adoption system for nearly 40 years. We have been doing this through our Kid Connection series, and today Kelli introduces us to 16 year old Sean, and Megan Cupersmith, his recruiter! Learn more about Sean here! Head to the Kid Connection website to meet other...

Kid Connection: Meet Aiden

Kid Connection: Meet Aiden
Every month we introduce you to a school aged child in our adoption system. This time our Kid Connection series takes us to U.S. Bank Stadium.  Twin Cities Live Reporter Kelli Hanson was there as Monster Jam moved in a couple weekends ago for their big show. She brought 12-year-old Aiden along to meet the one and only, Grave Digger! Learn...

Kid Connection:  Dean

Kid Connection:  Dean
The pandemic has thrown a wrench in a lot of things but one thing has remained the same.  There are still hundreds of school aged children waiting for adoptive families.  Kelli Hanson connects with 16-year old Dean, along with Connie Jorgensen, his recruiter, to help tell his story and give him hope. Related Links: MN Adopt Other Kid...

Kid Connection: Why We Give

Kid Connection: Why We Give
What we’ve learned from this pandemic is that it can remind children of the trauma they may have experience.  One day they’re living at home and the next day they’re not.  Kelli sits down with Alexis Oberforfer, the President of Children’s Home Society, to find out how we can help. Related: Donate to Children’s Home Society of...

Kid Connection: Safe Haven Foster Shoppe

Kid Connection: Safe Haven Foster Shoppe
The mission of Safe Haven Foster Shoppe is to make sure a foster family has what they need when a child comes into their home.  On any given day, there are nearly 428,000 children in foster care in the United States. Most of the children enter into foster care with only the clothing on their back.  That’s where Safe Haven Foster Shoppe...

Kid Connection: Emiliani Coffee

Kid Connection: Emiliani Coffee
There are a lot of people “behind the scenes” working so hard for kids looking for their forever families.  Former pastor, Mitch Reaume is one of them.  He’s the founder of Emiliani Coffee that donates $1.00 from each bag sold goes to organizations that are fighting for kids in foster care and in the adoption system.  For more...

Kid Connection: Foster Care

Kid Connection: Foster Care
Since introducing Kid Connection to Twin Cities Live, more than 30 kids have found new homes.  There are many programs and people behind the scenes that work hard every day to help place these kids.  Kim Young is a Foster Care and Kinship Specialist and is the first point of contact for people interested in foster care. Learn more about...

Kid Connection: Buddy Family

Kid Connection: Buddy Family
The Buddy Family program offers support not only for adopted children, but for their new family too.  Kelli Hanson shares the impact it has on the families that it supports.  Buddy families can be adoptive families or retirees that have time to give.  You must go through training to be part of the program.  For more information about the...

Kid Connection: Jay & Maria

Kid Connection: Jay & Maria
Tuesdays on Twin Cities Live we highlight school aged kids in our adoption system in a series called Kid Connection. This week you’ll meet siblings Jay and Maria. They were placed in separate foster homes, which is common, but they told Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson they can't imagine calling a place home without being together....

Kid Connection: Aaron

Kid Connection: Aaron
Two-years ago we introduced you to Aaron, a Kid Connection child that loves animals. He took TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson all over the Minnesota Zoo, teaching her everything he knew about their former Dinosaur Exhibit. Aaron is still looking for a home so Kelli got a chance to meet up with him again, this time at the new Bell Museum. It's...

Kid Connection: Virtual Support Groups

Kid Connection: Virtual Support Groups
We’ve introduced you to several school aged kids in Minnesota looking for their adoptive families.  Once a child is placed in a home, that’s where the support from specialists and other adoptive families kick in.  Kari Fletcher, a Parent Support Specialist from The North American Council on Adoptable Children, show us how their continuing...

Kid Connection: Buddy Program

Kid Connection: Buddy Program
We met 14-year old Danzell in 2018. Kelli Hanson hung out with him at Nickelodean Universe where she found out about his love of basketball, music, and video games.  Danzell is still looking for his forever home. But what about after adoption? What kind of support services are available?  Misty Coonce, Program Director for Ampersand...

Kid Connection: Sherakey

Kid Connection: Sherakey
Kelli Hanson was introduced to then 16-year old Sherakey.  Finding out that Sherakey loves to create, Kelli took her to Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis.  Sherakey is quiet but has a fun nature about her when she told Kelli she’d love to have a family with a “mom, dad, and a monkey!”  When you ask Sherakey to describe herself, she...

Kid Connection: Jayden

Kid Connection: Jayden
We are five days into the Twin Cities Auto Show and if you have big car dreams, that is the place to fulfill them. Wednesday morning TCL reporter Kelli Hanson toured the showroom floor with this week’s Kid Connection child, 15-year-old Jayden.  He has a thing for sports cars, thanks in part to a something called Forza, a racing video game....

Kid Connection: MaKayla, Eli, & Jose Updates

Kid Connection: MaKayla, Eli, & Jose Updates
In 2017, we introduced you to 14-year-old MaKayla.  TCL reporter Kelli Hanson brought her to a local rescue to nurture MaKayla’s love for pitbulls.  MaKayla turns 18 in April and could age out of the adoption system but she’s still holding out hopes of getting adopted. In November of 2017, we met 10-year-old Eli.  Eli’s recruiter,...

Kid Connection: Jon’s Adoptive Family

Kid Connection: Jon’s Adoptive Family
For many, the holidays were spent with family. People travel from all over the country to be together. But one thing we've learned through our Kid Connection series is that many kids don't receive the one gift they really want -- and that's to be adopted.  In this Kid Connection, TCL Reporter Kelli Hanson chats with a couple that chose to...

Kid Connection: Gabe

Kid Connection: Gabe
Four and a half years ago we introduced you to our Kid Connection series, featuring school aged kids here in Minnesota that are either in foster or group care. We love when we can help give them an experience, something they will never forget. Thanks to the Minnesota Vikings, Twin Cities Live was able to create a memorable day for 17-year-old...

Kid Connection: MN Adopt HELP Program

Kid Connection: MN Adopt HELP Program
We've brought you several stories about school aged children here in Minnesota looking for an adoptive family. But once that adoption is final and that honeymoon phase is over, what kind of help is available for parents? In this Kid Connection we tackle how the HELP Program is helping. Jetta Wiedemeier Bower stopped by the studio with...

Kid Connection: Sierra

Kid Connection: Sierra
On Tuesdays Twin Cities Live introduces you to a school aged child looking for a permanent place to call home. It's our Kid Connection series we’d like you to meet 16-year-old Sierra. She told us she loves field trips, so we set up an interactive behind the scenes look at our TV station. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes us...

Kid Connection Update

Kid Connection Update
Tuesdays on Twin Cities Live we feature school-aged kids in Minnesota's adoption system. In this Kid Connection you'll meet two children we've actually already introduced you to. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson has an update on Ethan and Jose.

Kid Connection: Kiley       

Kid Connection: Kiley       
On Tuesdays, we bring you stories of hope and of resilience in a time of uncertainty. It's our Kid Connection series where we feature children in Minnesota's adoption system who are looking for a permanent place to land. Since we began the series 4-years-ago, more than 30 children that we've featured have found a place to call home. Meet...

Kid Connection: Tyrese

Over the weekend Monster Jam took over U.S. Bank Stadium and the roar of trucks took over the Twin Cities! But before the trucks hit the dirt, reporter Kelli Hanson got to get up close to these massive machines. She brought 11-year-old Tyrese along for the ride. He's this week's Kid Connection Child.

Kid Connection: Pre & Post Adoption Services

On Tuesdays, Twin Cities Live introduces you to a school aged child here in Minnesota in need of an adopting family. Over the last 3 and a half years, our Kid Connection series has helped place and adopt more than 30 children. And because each child's story is different, new adoptive parents will need help giving a child with often a traumatic...

Kid Connection: Chanel

Twin Cities Live has been highlighting Minnesota's adoption system and the nearly 1,000 children waiting for a family for almost 4-years. Our Kid Connection series has helped place and adopt more than 30 children. And while there are children finding homes, there are still so many waiting. Like 17-year-old Chanel. We first met this teenager 3...

Kid Connection: Ampersand Families Celebrates 10-years

For 3 1/2 years, Twin Cities Live has shared stories of hope in our Kid Connection series, introducing us to kids waiting to find a family. But now it's time to introduce you to a few of the people helping to make that happen. Twin Cities adoption agency, Ampersand Families, specializes in finding parents for kids ages 10 and older. It's a...

Kid Connection: Rose

This summer we were introduced to Rose. Rose is obsessed with raptors so Kelli took her to the University of Minnesota Raptor Center where she got to see Rose's personality really come out. It was the perfect opportunity to find out what kind of family would be best for her.

Kid Connection: Jose

Tuesday's on Twin Cities Live we introduce you to a child in Minnesota's adoption system - a school aged child that's been in need of a family for years. In this Kid Connection meet Jose. He'll soon be a freshman in high school, but has been in and out of the system since he was an infant. Twin Cities Live reporter Kelli Hanson takes Jose to...