Minnesota Adoption

ABOUT THE

MINNESOTA FOSTER

Minnesota Foster and Adoptive Families was founded in 2020 by a group of passionate individuals with personal connections to foster care and adoption. The organization was established to create meaningful change to empower foster and adoptive families and transform the lives of children in care. Foster families provide critical temporary care, nurturing, and stability to children in crisis. They play a significant role in supporting children until they are reunited with their families or secure permanent placement with adoptive parents.

Our Mission:

Standing to empower foster and adoptive families by providing whole-family support to meet immediate needs and by being a voice for change.

Our Vision:

Transforming the lives of children in care, communities are unified in their commitment to ensure foster and adoptive families have access to inclusive advocacy, supports, and resources.

Our Values:

Inclusive Collaboration | Our strength comes from diverse voices and perspectives working together and relationships built on a foundation of trust, respect, and openness.

Compassionate Support | We have an unwavering commitment to providing empathetic and responsive services to all Foster and Adoptive Families.

Empowering Encouragement | We show up as real and vulnerable human beings who speak from the heart and honor the experiences and contributions of others.

Authentic Leadership | We inspire growth and innovation through continuous learning and generosity.

Transparent Accountability | We stand by our word and do the right thing, acting with the utmost sincerity and integrity.

Meet the Board

Kelly Wolle

Kelly Wolle has been a licensed foster parent since 2017, her passion for caring for children, youth in her community began with her long term volunteering gig at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis. Working with and advocating for foster children and families has been significant throughout her foster care journey. Kelly brings a strong skillset in leadership, programming, advocacy, and education to the board. Kelly has held diverse roles for many top tier organizations and currently is a Small Group Business Consultant at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota. She previously worked at KSTP-TV, HealthPartners and WCCO-Radio. Kelly lives in South Minneapolis with her husband, Bryan & 2 pups Hendrix and Olive. When she’s not day-dreaming of international travel she can be found with her family enjoying the outdoors or tackling do-it-yourself home projects.

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Diane Yang

Diane Yang has been in the healthcare industry for fourteen years. She had the privilege to work with diverse communities with their healthcare needs and everyday care. There are two things that are most important to her, and those are children and community. She believes that creating a community with individuals who care about our children is extremely important. Her passion is to provide support to those communities that care about the well-being and safety of our children. She is married, a mother of three children, and a Maltese pup. She appreciates history, gothic art, illustrations, and exploring pottery.

Rebecca Puchtel

Rebecca Puchtel was a licensed foster parent from 2016-2020 and adopted 3 children from foster care in 2019 with her husband, Joe. Rebecca has been a teacher since 2004 teaching in many different school districts and communities including teaching in Arizona for 3 years. Rebecca is currently teaching special education at Hopkins VirtualEDU-the 1st and only Minnesota public school that is serving students both online AND through a blended/Hybrid learning program. Rebecca is a strong advocate for youth and especially youth with disabilities and served on Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) for 4 years. Rebecca lives in Elk River with her husband, 3 children, 1 dog and 2 cats. When she gets some free time,  Rebecca enjoys knitting, listening to crime podcasts, watching movies and traveling to Florida to visit family.

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Danielle Clifford

Danielle serves as a dedicated volunteer on the MNFAF board and her commitment lies in making a positive impact on the foster care system. As a passionate advocate for improving the lives of others, she channels her supreme organizational skills into managing the non-profit’s initiatives. Danielle’s dedication extends to her role as a muralist, where her artistic talents contribute to creating vibrant and meaningful spaces.

Danielle leverages her unique skillset as a UI Designer and UX Researcher, specializing in the complete spectrum of user-centered design, brand creation, and user research. Complementing her professional journey, Danielle has devoted the past few years refining her graphic design prowess and enhancing her expertise through the prestigious University of Minnesota’s UX/UI Design Certificate Program. In this dynamic and immersive training, she collaborated directly with industry experts, acquiring invaluable insights and mastering the nuances of the field.

Rooted in humility and faith, Danielle embraces continuous learning and growth, drawing inspiration from her experiences and embracing lessons from setbacks. Amidst her multifaceted endeavors, she also finds time to savor life’s moments, often indulging in a variety of beverages.