EVOLVE Family Services

Growing Families. Enriching Lives.

aka EVOLVE Family Services   |   Oak Park Heights, MN   |
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EVOLVE Family Services

EIN: 41-1296959


To achieve our Vision by providing a full breadth of inclusive, ethical programming: adoption, foster care, pregnancy support, youth services, and education.

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Executive Director

Susannah Barnes

Main address

5850 Omaha Ave N

Oak Park Heights, MN 55082 USA

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Formerly known as

HOPE International Family Services

Crossroads Adoption Services



Subject area info

Family services


Population served info

Children and youth


Women and girls


Foster and adoptive children

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NTEE code info

Adoption (P31)

Foster Care (P32)

Single Parent Agencies/Services (P42)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to the MN DHS Out-of-Home Care & Permanency Report 2019, the need for family preservation services, out-of-home care, & adoption services in MN continues to be a critical concern despite the slight decrease in out-of-home placements in recent years. There continues to be a shortage of appropriate options for out-of-home care & impactful barriers for kinship families. Racial disproportionality is a significant concern. Compared to white children, Native children were nearly 17 times more likely, children identified as 2 or more races were 5.8 times more likely, & Black children were nearly 3 times more likely to experience out-of-home care, with children of color generally 3-4times more likely to come under state guardianship. This places a serious burden on the state’s future social, cultural & economic success, particularly within the context of larger systemic racial & economic disparities negatively impacting current & future generations.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Adoption Programs

Once you decide that the Domestic Infant program is right for you, you will need to decide what sub-program you are most interested in pursuing. Here are our four options:

EVOLVE Infant Program

National Infant Program

Dual Infant Program

Own-Source Program

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The Foster Care program at EVOLVE works to find and prepare families who are willing and able to provide a nurturing environment for children who have experienced significant trauma, usually between the ages of 7 and 18 years old. This program grew in part through preexisting connections of a former adoption agency, African American Adoption and Permanency Plan Agency (AAAPPA). EVOLVE is committed to continuing AAAPPAs exceptional work with multicultural families throughout the Twin Cities.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

EVOLVE is one of the only organizations in Minnesota to provide free, non-directive, unbiased, confidential, and all-options counseling to individuals experiencing pregnancy. We serve those experiencing an unplanned pregnancy from a client-centered lens, supporting them in whatever choice they make and walking alongside them to ensure they are making informed, planful choices and are not forced to make a permanent decision due to their temporary circumstances.

Everyones choices look different and EVOLVE staff will empower you to choose what is best for your life. Our services can include any of the following:

Support applying for medical assistance
Obtaining infant care items and basic needs
Parenting education
Referrals for housing, mental health counseling and substance use support
Information about organizations offering termination services
Safety Planning
Open adoption planning and placement services
Post-natal/post-adoption counseling

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

EVOLVE Family Services Provides A Variety Of Services To Youth, Involved In The Child Welfare System. These Services Include Child-Specific Recruitment, Social Medical Histories And Successful Transitions To Adulthood For Youth.

Child-Specific Recruitment:
Through this service, we dive deep into their history, explore previous and existing connections, work to identify and assess appropriate prospective adoptive families, engage in Lifebook work, prepare youth for permanency, and support them through the transition into their adoptive familys home.

Social Medical Histories:
A social medical history provides youth and adoptive families information about medical history, education, birth family, siblings, trauma history, etc.

Successful Transitions To Adulthood For Youth (STAY):
Individual Case Management Services, development of an independent living plan, resource development, life skill development, and goal planning

Population(s) Served

Our Vision and Mission
Empowering, educating, and connecting adoptive and foster care families in Minnesota to African-American community, culture, and ethnicity.

Partnership with Department of Human Services
Our Funding: We are supported by a generous grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services that covers the cost of camp programming and lodging for families who are parenting at least one African American child through adoption, foster care, or kinship care and who started their adoption/foster/kinship care process in Minnesota.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work


Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of children achieved permanency through adoption

This metric is no longer tracked.
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Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of Children Served in All of our Programs

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Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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Number of Children Placed with Foster Families

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Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Foster Care

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Output - describing our activities and reach

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Number of Women Served Through our Pregnancy Services

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Related Program

Pregnancy Services

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Number of Families Attended our UMOJAMN Camps

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Related Program

Family & Youth Services

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

While adhering to our mission, vision and core values, our Goals this fiscal year 2021/2022:
• EVOLVE will continue to license relative-kin foster families to ensure children are in safe, nurturing, loving homes.
Goal: 40 children in families per month.
• EVOLVE will increase its reach to culturally appropriate communities for traditional and concurrent foster care providers.
Goal: 20 children in families per month
• EVOLVE will increase its mental health services to families.
Goal: Our two Mental Health Therapists will grow to have 27 therapy sessions per week with children and families.
• EVOLVE will support families seeking adoption domestically & internationally by providing trainings, home studies, support services, etc. required for adoption placements.
Goal: 25 children will be welcomed into EVOLVE families through adoption
• EVOLVE will assist youth and women with an unplanned pregnancy by providing option education and support for parenting or adoption.
Goal: 20 youth or women will receive assistance from EVOLVE Pregnancy Counselors
• EVOLVE will support families through education and training through Positive Parenting, Parenting in a Diverse Society, and our UMOJA MN Camps.
Goal: 700 families will receive support through trainings or attending our UMOJA MN Camps.

EVOLVE’s programs impacts families & communities in several ways. EVOLVE helps address widening racial & economic disparities by intervening in &preventing family dysfunction & the negative impacts it has on child development & academic achievement, leading to improved opportunities for long-term success for our future generations.

Children waiting for adoption or in foster care find the love & security they need with trained & educated families. EVOLVE education addresses the life-long issues of adoption & out-of-home placement such as grief and loss, trauma, attachment, & abuse. With such knowledge, EVOLVE equips families to meet children’s needs. For post-placement services, EVOLVE provides support counsel & parenting groups as needed.

Foster families find that EVOLVE foster care is attentive & caring compared to the overburdened county system. With visits & support beyond the bare minimum, EVOLVE foster families thrive along with their foster children thanks to their family workers with smaller caseloads. If needs arise for “extras” such as school sports fees, swimming lessons, etc., foster families will be able to apply, through their family worker, for funding through our supplemental fund for foster families.

Expectant & birth parents find relief in the unbiased counsel & options education provided by our staff. EVOLVE works with clients in preparing to parent & support their babies & connecting them with additional community resources. If an adoption is planned, clients are supported in their legal rights and options throughout & provided emotional counseling before & after placement.

Black children raised in transracial families are supported, connected &empowered through our UMOJA MN camps. Positive racial identity is developed, solid, meaningful relationships acquired, & a safe place are experienced to explore culture in an honest, open setting. Parents learn the necessity of &gain tools for lifelong racial awareness and culture development.

Evolving is one of our Core Values & is driven by us being advocates for systemic change. EVOLVE develops & improves upon our work with families by keeping up on latest best practices as it relates to child development & family support. We are active with several partners regarding best practices. Most notably, we are one of the 13 organizations which brought the Quality Parenting Initiative to Minnesota & have implemented this process in our foster care program. EVOLVE's priority of family preservation is based on research by Heidi Redlich Epstein, JD, MSW, director of kinship policy at the ABA Center on Children &the Law that demonstrates the positive impact on child development & reduced trauma.

We have over 45 years of experience working toward our vision of “a world where everyone has nurturing, permanent and supportive familial relationships.”

EVOLVE is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of five members. The Board consists of professionals including a transracial adoptive parent and former client, a community clinical mental health provider, a CPA, and individuals passionate about children and families. The Board is also currently recruiting new members.

EVOLVE is intentional about hiring staff that are representative of the children and families we serve. Several staff have lived experiences with foster care/adoption including 4 adoptees and 2 foster-care alumni, as well as staff representation from those identifying within the LGBTQ community, and a variety of other lived experiences with mental health and trauma. Currently our staff racially identify as 22 % African American, 11% Latinx, 7%Native American, 7% AAPI, and 52% White.

EVOLVE encourages staff development including providing education at all staff meetings, ensuring continuing education to maintain licenses and certifications, active participation in various networks related to our work with child welfare and child development.

EVOLVE as an organization is actively engaged with several member and affiliate organizations striving for continuous improvement in service delivery as well as advocating for changes in the child welfare system. We partner with organizations that serve specific groups of families, such as Families with Children from Asia and Friends of FANA and La Semana. We collaborate with MNAdopt to provide resources to children and families involved in adoption, with focus on education, post-adoption support services, and connection to adoption competent service providers. EVOLVE is a member with AspireMN and actively participates in political advocacy regarding child welfare reform. We are also one of the 13 organizations which brought the Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI) to Minnesota and have implemented this process in our foster care program. EVOLVE is also a member of CADRE MN (Collaborative of Allied Directors for Race Equity) which provides an opportunity for directors to collaborate, consult, learn, and create organizational change to ensure accountability for anti-oppressive service environments. In addition, our development staff are actively participating in the CCF Minnesota (Community Centric Fundraising) cohort applying fundraising principles and practices that is grounded in equity and social justice.

Most importantly, we gather feedback from our families we serve through surveys & during routine check-ins. Their feedback provides critical information in ensuring our supports are meeting their needs as well as alerts us to other needs not being met that helps in determining changes/improvements in our programming.

In 2020, EVOLVE:
• Served 558 children via all programs.
• Supported 54 families via family preservation programs.
• Placed 14 children via Domestic Infant Programs.
• Placed 7 children via International Programs.
• Placed 167 children in foster families. Of which, 29 were reunified with their families and 13 achieved permanency through adoption.
• Completed 100 family home studies.
• Provided 21 women pregnancy services.
• Supported 75 clients through therapeutic programs.
• 144 families served through our UMOJA MN Camps (283 adults and 370 kids).
• Served more than 357 parent/caregivers through our training and education.


EVOLVE Family Services
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.62 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 13% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

EVOLVE Family Services

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of EVOLVE Family Services’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $34,286 -$144,529 -$194,686 $258,706 $122,851
As % of expenses 1.4% -4.5% -6.1% 8.8% 4.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $1,704 -$179,168 -$225,199 $229,586 $92,046
As % of expenses 0.1% -5.5% -7.0% 7.7% 3.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $2,476,732 $3,401,899 $2,826,235 $3,131,045 $3,134,814
Total revenue, % change over prior year 46.8% 37.4% -16.9% 10.8% 0.1%
Program services revenue 84.4% 70.2% 89.9% 80.3% 76.8%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 12.7% 16.0%
All other grants and contributions 15.6% 29.8% 9.9% 7.0% 7.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.2% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,410,200 $3,217,656 $3,199,939 $2,950,174 $3,045,505
Total expenses, % change over prior year 60.8% 33.5% -0.6% -7.8% 3.2%
Personnel 51.6% 55.1% 51.3% 51.7% 50.4%
Professional fees 4.0% 4.5% 6.6% 2.0% 2.0%
Occupancy 2.1% 2.3% 2.6% 2.4% 2.6%
Interest 0.4% 0.6% 0.6% 0.6% 0.5%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 42.0% 37.5% 38.8% 43.3% 44.5%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,442,782 $3,252,295 $3,230,452 $2,979,294 $3,076,310
One month of savings $200,850 $268,138 $266,662 $245,848 $253,792
Debt principal payment $93,914 $0 $0 $0 $283,490
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $52,454
Total full costs (estimated) $2,737,546 $3,520,433 $3,497,114 $3,225,142 $3,666,046

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.4 1.3 1.3 2.1 0.4
Months of cash and investments 0.4 1.3 1.3 2.1 0.4
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 0.7 1.1 0.3 1.2 1.5
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $81,771 $354,553 $335,737 $520,826 $93,493
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $231,233 $527,381 $311,208 $381,064 $615,543
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,357,623 $1,363,140 $1,363,140 $1,363,140 $1,341,412
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 52.4% 54.8% 57.0% 59.1% 56.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 20.0% 38.9% 58.1% 54.0% 50.1%
Unrestricted net assets $733,098 $553,930 $328,731 $558,317 $650,363
Temporarily restricted net assets $51,246 $380,018 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $51,246 $380,018 $201,000 $123,165 $0
Total net assets $784,344 $933,948 $529,731 $681,482 $650,363

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Susannah Barnes

Susannah Barnes, Executive Director, joined EVOLVE in 2006 and was named as Executive Director in December 2019. Susannah has over 15 years’ experience in child and family services, and has served in various capacities at the organization. She has worked in direct practice as social worker in EVOLVE’s programs with children and families who have experienced significant trauma, loss, and who are impacted by racial disproportionality within child welfare system. She has worked to navigate and break down systemic barriers whilst working to ensure children are able to experience the safe, nurturing support of family. She has over six years’ experience in various program management and leadership positions within the organization, and has managed multiple programs and facilities within complex regulatory environments.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

EVOLVE Family Services

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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EVOLVE Family Services

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2024
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Board chair

Amy Sainsbury


Term: 2018 - 2024

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/6/2021

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Professional fundraisers

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