Foster Care Licensing
*Special Guidance: COVID-19
Providers should first and foremost follow the guidance provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available at the resources listed below. If a DHS requirement seems to conflict with this guidance, follow the MDH and CDC guidance:
- Minnesota Department of Health - COVID-19 Information
- Centers for Disease Control - COVID-19 Information
- MN DHS Foster Care Information
- MN DHS Licensing Information
- Hotlines for Health questions: 651-201-3920 or 1-800-657-3903 (7 a.m. to 7 p.m.)
About Foster Care
You can make a difference. Foster care is about helping children and adults in need. As a foster care provider, you will help children and adults learn there are caring, stable, and reliable adults there for them. In time, children or adults in your care will learn that times may be tough but you care and are willing to help.
Foster Care for Children
Children are placed in foster care when families are having problems and children cannot safely stay in the home. The Scott County Minnesota Foster Care Program works with biological parents to help improve the situation with the hope of reuniting them with their children. During this process, the Scott County Foster Care Program provides services to foster children to help them overcome the emotional, social, physical, or behavioral difficulties and provides training and support to foster care providers so they can offer a positive experience for children in their care. If reunification is not possible, permanent foster care or adoption is pursued. Relatives or family friends are encouraged to become licensed foster care providers for a specific child or children.
Foster Care for Adults
Adults may be placed in foster care if they cannot live alone safely because of disabilities or poor health. The foster care program provides and alternative for adults who need daily help but want to live in a family setting rather than a nursing home or other facility. The adult foster care provider provides meals, companionship, personal care assistance, and 24-hour supervision. The provider may be individuals, couples, or larger families.
You can help a person of any age. A person needs a nourishing stable environment in which to live regardless of his or her age - siblings, teens, young mothers and infants, and adults. There is a need of foster care providers for every age group. In fact, most children in need of foster care are older or a member of a sibling group.
Perhaps you aren’t able to provide foster care on a full-time basis for a long period of time. That doesn’t mean you can’t help. There are opportunities for emergency, short-term, weekend, and long-term care.
Ways to Help
After talking to a Scott County Foster Care professional and assessing your family situation and life style, you’ll be able to determine how you can help. There are several types of ways to provide foster care:
- Foster families - provide emergency or short-term care until a child can be safely reunified with a parent or until a permanency plan is put into action.
- Permanent resource families - provide care for a child while reunification with their family is actively pursued and commit to the possibility of adoption if reunification cannot take place.
- Adoptive families - provide care and nurturing to a child on a permanent basis. Adoptive families commit legally to raise children as they would a child born to them.
- Respite Care Providers - provide consistent short term care, maybe 1 or 2 weekends a month, to a child or children either from another foster home or from the parental home.
You’ll be there on a daily basis to show you care. Scott County Foster Program will be there to provide you support and training every step of the way - from initial orientation to ongoing support and training. Health coverage for children in care, training, financial assistance, and other social services are provided as well. It’s about making a difference, one day at a time.