Foster Care Licensing

Licensing – Foster Care

A foster care license is a written authorization issued by the Commissioner of Human Services allowing the license holder to provide foster care services at a foster home for a specified time and in accordance with terms of the license and rules of the Commissioner of Human Services.

 

Child Foster Care:

  • Initial contact/call from prospective provider.
  • Welcome packet emailed/mailed to prospective provider.
  • Invitation to the Foster Adoptive Kinship (FAK) orientation training.
  • When the FAK training is completed, the visits and paperwork begin.
    • Application for foster care
    • Background studies
    • Reference letter
    • Home study
    • Additional paperwork
    • Training – SUID (Sudden Unexpected Infant Death), AHT (Abusive Head Trauma), 2 hour Mental Health training, Normalcy training, FAS (Fetal Alcohol Syndrome) and Child Passenger Training
  • Fire Marshall inspection if needed.
  • Within 20 working days of the completion of all licensing requirements, a recommendation about licensure is sent to the Department of Human Services.
  • Licenses are issued and mailed by the State of Minnesota.

Adult Foster Care:

  • Initial call from prospective provider.
  • Welcome packet sent to prospective provider.
  • Paperwork must be completed.
    • Application for foster care
    • Background studies
    • Licensing study
    • Social history on applicant
    • Physician’s statement is needed
    • Adult Foster Care Program Plan
    • Additional paperwork
  • Fire Marshall inspection is needed on all adult foster homes.
  • Training information.
  • Within 20 working days of the completion of all licensing requirements, a recommendation about licensure is sent to the Department of Human Services.
  • Licenses are issued and mailed by the State of Minnesota.

The above process may sound complex and time consuming; however, we feel the time and energy are worth it in order to obtain well qualified foster families.