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Child Foster Care Licensing

                              What is Child Foster Care and Why is it Needed?

                 MN Rules and Regulations 

Rule 2960.3000-.3230 - MN Rule governing Child Foster Care
245A Statute - Statute governing Human Service Licensing
245C Statute - Statute governing Background Studies
MN Fire Code - Fire Code regulating Child Foster Care

For a quick glance at the licensing process, click HERE

Foster care is a safe place to be if a child cannot live with 
his/her family or on their own. Children enter foster care because of neglect, abuse, a family crisis, or the child's
acting out at home. Foster parents help children grow and
feel good again by providing them with stability, affection, consistency, and nurturing.

Foster care is temporary; it is not meant to be forever. Children usually continue to visit their own families until they may be reunited. While the child is out of the home, Social Services is working to provide services so that the child can return to his parents.

If this is not possible, family members and other persons important to the child are contacted to see if they can give a permanent home to the child. Sometimes foster families are asked to provide permanent foster care or to adopt the child in their care. 

Child Foster Care Homes are licensed by the Department of Human Services.

The agency is represented by a licensing worker. The licensing of a home is a process which can be expected to take anywhere from three to six months to complete depending on the situation. It is a period of time in which you will be encouraged to discuss your expectations and plans; ask any questions that arise and begin to develop a comfortable working relationship with Stevens County Human Services.

Temporary out-of-home care for children                                   Will you care for the children? 
          Informational handout                                                          Informational handout

The first, and most important, requirement for child foster care is that you love kids. If you meet this requirement, review the checklist below to see whether you’d meet licensing requirements.

Licensing requirements:

  • live in Stevens County
  • be at least 21-years-old, financially stable and responsible
  • have appropriate sleeping space
    • There must be enough bedrooms for everyone.
    • Foster children can share a bedroom with a child of the same sex, if the room is large enough.
    • They cannot share a bedroom with an adult or a child of the opposite sex.
  • complete an application for foster care
  • allow Stevens County to complete a criminal history background check on all household members who are 13-years-old or older
  • live in a home or apartment that meets fire safety code
  • abide by a “No Corporal Punishment” rule
  • be available to transport children to visitations and medical appointments
  • provide the County with three personal references
  • participate in a home study that includes interviews with all household members
  • attend on-going training (12 hours annually for each adult in the household)
  • be single or married
  • rent or own your home

Other things you should know:

  • You should be one year from a major life change such as a marriage, divorce, birth of a first child, or a significant loss, and two years from successfully completing chemical dependency treatment.
  • Day care and foster care licensing should not be started at the same time.
  • It is not necessary to have children of your own, but it is important to have experience with children.
  • Foster parenting is not a job so you need to have enough income to meet your own household needs.
  • If you work, keep in mind, we do not reimburse extra for child care or after-school care. School aged children and teens need an adult to get them off to school and will need a supervised plan for after school. Your work schedule needs to be flexible enough to transport children.
  • You need to have reliable transportation because foster parents need to transport children to appointments several times a week.

Still interested? To begin the process submit the following forms to Stevens County Human Services: