Upper Midwest American Indian Center

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1035 West Broadway
Minneapolis, MN 55411
United States

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Monday9AM - 5PM
Tuesday9AM - 5PM
Wednesday9AM - 5PM
Thursday9AM - 5PM
Friday9AM - 5PM
Saturday9AM - 5PM
Sunday9AM - 5PM

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The Upper Midwest American Indian Center (UMAIC) was established in 1937 to support American Indian people in the urban area. In 1961 UMAIC was incorporated as a non-profit agency through the state of Minnesota. The organization is dedicated to supporting American Indian people from all tribes in connecting with each other, gaining educational and economic advancement, and practicing their American Indian culture.

UMAIC's Bi-Azhe-Giiwen “Come Back Home” program addresses foster care and adoption needs of American Indian children and families. We help people become licensed foster parents through Minnesota's Department of Human Services so that they can care for their young relatives in foster care and other American Indian children and teens. We also support foster parents in adopting American Indian children once parental rights have been terminated from their biological parents.

Services and information

  • Traditional Foster Care
  • Specialized / Therapeutic Care
  • Emergency Foster Care
  • Respite Foster Care
  • Adoption

Requirements to become a foster parent

There are several support services available for foster parents in Minnesota. Let's take a look at what's available:

Support Payments

Minnesotan foster parents receive a monthly basic payment to help with the care costs of the foster child. Payments vary depending on the child's age and circumstances. They start at $650 per month.

In some circumstances, foster parents can also receive a difficulty of care supplemental monthly rate. These payments help support children with physical and mental difficulties and can be up to $1,500 per month.

Medical and Dental Coverage

In Minnesota, foster children receive Medicaid coverage for their medical and dental needs.

The foster parents are responsible for arranging the child's medical care and must attend all necessary appointments to maintain their health and well-being.

Training and Support Groups

There are plenty of support groups and resources available for foster parents in Minnesota. These services offer ongoing support and an opportunity to share experiences with other people in the same situation as you.

Additional training can also help you be the best caregiver possible for your foster kid.

Ratings and Reviews

Average user rating

3.9 / 5
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Gamiine Green
Sep 14, 2023

A place where all is safe. Forever.

Rating: 5

Cynthia Hobley
Mar 17, 2020

Need to be in better location

Rating: 3

Tammy Paquette
Feb 23, 2018

Gertrude Buckanaga has been an Icon in our community for years.She is a strong advocate and is very well respected. Gert and her wonderful staff has always has been a vioce for our people. Indian upper midwest staff thank you ,for all you do for the community.

Rating: 5

Ben animates
Dec 14, 2017

Every year I try to go there. Nobody answers the door or picks up the phone..real Indian time..👎

Rating: 1