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Child in Need


Kinship Partners is a nonprofit youth mentoring organization serving families in Crow Wing and southern Cass counties by providing positive role models to youth from ages 5 to 14. Here is a child from Brainerd who is waiting for a partner. 


• Who: 6-year-old Emily

• Where: Brainerd

• Interests: Dancing, singing, drawing, reading, swimming

• Personality Traits: Talkative, active, respectful, outgoing

• Why I want a Partner: “It would be fun to have a friend to go places with, share stories and bake cupcakes.” 

• Current number of children waiting for partners: 27 boys 22 girls

Emily is an active and fun 6-year-old looking for someone who can spend quality time with her one-on-one, is nice, and likes to be outside. Emily has a brother and sister who are also enrolled in the program, but is currently the only of her siblings who is still waiting for a Kinship Partner. 

For more information about Kinship Partners or any of the children on the waiting list, call 829-4606, (877) 730-5437 or email Visit Kinship’s website at

Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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