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PATH MN merges with Kindred Family Focus

PATH MN has merged with Kindred Family Focus, an affiliate of Nexus, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit, to provide more foster care, adoption, and home-based services to Minnesota’s youth and families.

Both organizations are financially sound and provide a range of services that strengthen youth, families, and communities. The merger is a strengths-based union that allows both organizations to continue to grow and develop new programs under the Kindred Family Focus brand. The partnership will also build on the community services currently offered by both organizations, and is a logical pairing that creates a larger in-state provider to meet Minnesota’s growing need for foster care and continuous care as youth transition from foster care to residential care, and from residential care to foster care to outpatient services.

The State of Minnesota has identified a need for an expanded continuum of care that allows for treatment closer to home communities. The merger positions Kindred Family Focus as the largest private foster and adoption agency in Minnesota, offering expanded services in every part of the state.

PATH MN and Kindred Family Focus share common missions, values, dedication, history, and commitment to serving Minnesota children and families. PATH MN serves the state with treatment foster care, intensive treatment foster care, adoption, whole family placement, emergency shelter foster family care, Children’s Therapeutic Services and Supports, and outcomes, evaluation, and research through four Minnesota offices. Kindred Family Focus has eight offices throughout Minnesota, and operates the Crisis Nursery Serving Wright County in Monticello. Foster care services include short-term foster care, emergency foster care, whole-family foster care, specialized foster care, alternative to residential treatment, and programming for special populations.

Dr. William Metcalfe, PATH ND CEO, said, “This new partnership will strengthen and expand the programs that PATH and Nexus provide to Minnesota children and families. I first reached out to Nexus because of their commitment to the long-term success of youth and families and their reputation for achieving that success for children and their families. Metcalfe will continue as CEO of PATH ND for approximately 1 year, and then will transition to Nexus Executive Director of Community-Based Services. The newly consolidated Minnesota agency will operate under the leadership of George Hendrickson, Kindred Family Focus Executive Director.

Nexus CEO, Brock Wolff, said, “We know that kids do better when they can be served closer to home. This merger between Kindred Family Focus and PATH will give us expanded opportunity to deliver home-based care to more kids and families in all parts of the state.”

George Hendrickson, Executive Director of Kindred Family Focus, said, “This merger will allow us to expand and strengthen many of our programs and offer more services to our foster youth and bio-families. The need for foster care is greater than ever, and we are so pleased to have such a strong partner for growth.”

Established in 1975, Nexus is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides a continuum of mental health and behavioral services to youth and families through sites and affiliates in Minnesota, Illinois, Maryland, North Dakota, and Idaho. Nexus services include home-based counseling, foster care and adoption, residential treatment, and inpatient care to nearly 1,000 youth and families each year. Nexus added foster care to its continuum in October 2010. It now operates Kindred Family Focus foster care and adoption services in Minnesota and Woodbourne Treatment Foster Care in Baltimore, MD.


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