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: 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...