Adoption Option: A History

The Village Family Service Center and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota partnered in 1999 to provide adoption-related services across the state. This collaboration, known as The Adoption Option, served thousands of North Dakotans for 20-plus years, offering adoption opportunities, pregnancy options counseling, and post-adoption search and disclosure services.

The Village and Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota partnered to provide adoption services until the closure of LSSND.

In 2020, Lutheran Social Services of ND made the difficult decision to cease actively providing direct adoption services, ending the collaboration Dec. 31, 2020. 

The Village Family Service Center continues to offer adoption and pregnancy options counseling across North Dakota as well as post-adoption search and disclosure services. This includes providing search and disclosure services for clients of LSSND, which announced its closure Jan. 15, 2021. LSSND adoption records have been transferred to The Village for permanent storage. Members of the adoption triad who wish to update their information with us can fill out the form below.

The Village traces its roots to the founding of the North Dakota Children’s Home in 1891, and 130 years later, proudly carries on this legacy of caring for children and families. To connect with one of our adoption social workers, call 1-800-627-8220 or, if you are a member of an adoption triad, fill out the form below.

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