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Adoptive Family Weekend at Camp Minikani

The Adoptive Family Weekend is full and we will not be taking anymore registrations. If you would like to be informed about next year's event please email us at and request to be put on our mailing list. Thank you!

YMCA Camp Minikani | September 1 - 3, 2018

Adoptive Family Weekend started out with one goal in mind—to create a fun and exciting experience for adoptive families from all backgrounds to come together and socialize. This goal has been realized and the 3 day event has become possible with the collaborative planning and efforts of the YMCA Camp Minikani, Elijah Fyksen and Erik Kennedy, and Carmen Knight, adoptive parent counselor at The Cradle.  

Each of these organizers are part of an adoptive family and have a strong commitment to creating an experience for other adoptive families, by adoptive families, to ultimately help build and strengthen the adoptive family network and community. Adoptive Family Weekend was started in 2010 and now is partnering with The Cradle!

Adoptive Family Weekend is open to any family that has come together through adoption, whether it be through domestic, international, foster care, same race, or transracial adoptions. The main purpose of camp is to celebrate being a family and being able to connect with other families like yours. Each day there is an adoption related discussion and activity for all participants but the majority of the time is spent having fun in a camp like atmosphere.

Your family is invited to join an informative and fun filled weekend! Enjoy horseback riding, canoeing, swimming, rock climbing, singing songs around a camp fire, making s'mores, and other fun camp activities. Families that have attended say that they enjoy the ability to discuss adoption topics and have a fun time with their children, but most importantly they cherish the ability to spend time with other families that are just like theirs. 

How many families usually attend?

Approximately 15 to 20 families attend camp each year, with many returning families!

Where are most families from?

Families primarily come from Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa.

What are the ages of the children who attend?

The children have ranged from 6 months to 14 years of age.


What will a typical day of camp be like?

You can see a tentative schedule of the activities and weekend here.

How can I share this information with friends and family?

You can direct them to this page or feel free to share this flyer with others! 


Registration is now closed.