HOW TO BECOME A FOSTER OR RESPITE PROVIDER

The need for loving foster homes in Minnesota is great. Over 11,000 children are in the foster care system in our state, making foster homes and shelters overcrowded. Some children are sent back

to their families before they are ready due to lack of housing for them. 

Not everyone can be or should be a foster parent, but it is something that we can all carefully consider. There are many challenges and joys in caring for these young ones. If you would like to talk to someone

about the potential of fostering, email us and we would love to connect you with someone in your area.  

fosterthelovemn@gmail.com

Not yet ready to jump into fostering just yet, but still want to open your home for shorter periods of time?  Consider becoming Safe Family through Together For Good or Safe Families.

 

Who are some of these kids?  Check out videos at the Reel Hope Project or find bio's on kids at MNAdopt.

 

The first step in becoming a respite or foster provider is attending an information class in your county or through a local foster agency like Bethany Christian Services.

Find your county below and follow the link to attend an information class! It's that simple!

AITKIN COUNTY

https://www.co.aitkin.mn.us/departments/hhs/foster-and-adult-caregivers.html

ANOKA COUNTY

https://www.anokacounty.us/1694/Child-Foster-Care-Orientation

BECKER COUNTY

http://www.co.becker.mn.us/dept/human_services/foster_care.aspx

BELTRAMI COUNTY

http://www.co.beltrami.mn.us/Departments/HHS/Social%20Services/Childrens%20Foster%20Care%20Licensing.html

BENTON COUNTY

https://www.co.benton.mn.us/Human_Services/Child_Foster_Care.php

BIG STONE COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Big_Stone_County_Family_Service_Center/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/1?returnUrl=%2FSpecialTopics%2FGovernment%2F29376%3F%253fstart%3D11%26start%3D1

BLUE EARTH COUNTY

http://www.blueearthcountymn.gov/905/Child-Foster-Care

BROWN COUNTY

http://www.co.brown.wi.us/departments/page_b859b7f53ff9/?department=dd09bd30c78e&subdepartment=80ece04f3290

CARLTON COUNTY

http://co.carlton.mn.us/family_social_services/

CARVER COUNTY

https://www.co.carver.mn.us/departments/health-human-services/child-family/foster-care-licensing/informational-meetings

CASS COUNTY

http://www.co.cass.mn.us/services/health_human_and_veterans_services/what_we_do.php

CHIPPEWA COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Chippewa_County_Family_Services/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/1?returnUrl=%2FProviders%2FChippewa_County_Family_Services%2FSearch%3Fr%3D0%26loc%3DMountain%2BView%252c%2BCA%26geo%3D37.4192%252c-122.0574

CHISAGO COUNTY

http://www.co.chisago.mn.us/350/Child

CLAY COUNTY

http://claycountymn.gov/206/Family-Foster-Care-Licensing

CLEARWATER COUNTY

http://www.co.clearwater.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_LIST&SEC=%7B0F3E25D5-5EB9-468B-88B4-0C8E4EF9C776%7D

COOK COUNTY

https://www.co.cook.mn.us/2016site/index.php/2016-05-25-16-10-47/2016-05-25-16-13-10

COTTONWOOD COUNTY

http://www.dvhhs.org/index.asp?SEC=10B535B4-3A58-4BF2-AFFB-57DAA32E5552&Type=B_BASIC

CROW WING COUNTY

http://crowwing.us/593/Foster-Care

DAKOTA COUNTY

https://www.co.dakota.mn.us/HealthFamily/FosterCare

DODGE COUNTY

http://www.co.dodge.mn.us/departments/social_services_child_family_unit.php

DOUGLAS COUNTY

http://www.co.douglas.mn.us/dc/child-foster-care-health.aspx

FARIBAULT COUNTY

http://www.fmchs.com/child_fostercare.php

FILLMORE COUNTY

http://www.co.fillmore.mn.us/community-services/human-services/284-family-childcare-licensing

FREEBORN COUNTY

http://www.co.freeborn.mn.us/201/Licensing

GOODHUE COUNTY

http://www.co.goodhue.mn.us/766/Child-Foster-Care-Licensing

GRANT COUNTY

http://www.co.grant.mn.us/502/Child-Foster-Care-Licensing

HENNEPIN COUNTY

http://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/foster-care-adoption#get-started

HOUSTON COUNTY

http://co.houston.mn.us/DHS_Social_Services.aspx

HUBBARD COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Hubbard_County_Department_of_Social_Services/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/1?returnUrl=%2FSpecialTopics%2FSeniors%2F18987%3F%253fstart%3D1%26start%3D91

ISANTI COUNTY

http://www.co.isanti.mn.us/isanti/departments/family-services/child-foster-care-licensing

ITASCA COUNTY

http://www.co.itasca.mn.us/548/Child-Foster-Care

KANABEC COUNTY

http://www.kanabeccounty.org/departments/licensing.php

KANDYOHI COUNTY 

http://www.co.kandiyohi.mn.us/departments/family_services/units.php

KOOcHICHING COuNTY

http://www.co.koochiching.mn.us/161/Public-Health-Human-Services

LAC QUI PARLE COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Lac_qui_Parle_County_Family_Service_Center/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/1?returnUrl=%2FSpecialTopics%2FYouth%2F18425%3F

LE SUEUR COUNTY

http://www.co.le-sueur.mn.us/departments/human_services/childrens_services/foster_care_adoption.php

MEEKER COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Meeker_County_Social_Services/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/1?returnUrl=%2FSpecialTopics%2FSeniors%2F21193%3F%253fstart%3D71%26start%3D21

MILLE LACS COUNTY

http://www.co.mille-lacs.mn.us/childfostercare

MORRISON COUNTY

http://www.co.morrison.mn.us/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC={2F168224-A5DF-4DA3-9B8D-62FEC3D541DE}&DE={5689FED8-58E3-449C-A06A-CA671ABDC0C2}

MOWER COUNTY

https://www.mowercountyhhs.com/foster-care-licensing

MURRAY COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Southwest_Health_and_Human_Services_SWHHS/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/3?returnUrl=%2FSpecialTopics%2FVeterans%2F38396%3F

http://www.swmhhs.com/locations/murray-county/

NICOLLET COUNTY

http://www.co.nicollet.mn.us/236/Foster-Care-Licensing

NOBLES COUNTY

http://www.co.nobles.mn.us/departments/community-services/childrens-services/foster-care-licensing/

OLMSTED COUNTY

https://www.co.olmsted.mn.us/cs/cfs/ChildFosterCare/Pages/default.aspx

OTTER TAIL COUNTY

http://www.co.otter-tail.mn.us/263/Foster-Care-Licensing

POLK COUNTY

http://www.co.polk.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=58538F02-2DE8-4A00-8A0B-4619AF516242&Type=NONE

RAMSEY COUNTY

https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/assistance-support/support-families/foster-care/ongoing-foster-care-training-sessions

REDWOOD COUNTY

http://www.swmhhs.com/locations/redwood-county/

RENVILLE COUNTY

http://www.renvillecountymn.com/departments/human_and_health_services/human_services/departments/human_and_health_services/daycare_foster_care.php

SCOTT COUNTY

http://www.co.scott.mn.us/213/Foster-Care-Licensing

SHERBURNE COUNTY

https://www.co.sherburne.mn.us/hhs/fosterCare/child.php

SIBLEY COUNTY

http://www.co.sibley.mn.us/public_health_and_human_services/foster_care_licensing.php

ST. LOUIS COUNTY

http://www.stlouiscountymn.gov/childfostercare

STEARNS COUNTY

https://co.stearns.mn.us/AdultsFamilies/InfantandChildServices/ChildFosterCare/ChildFosterCareOrientation

STEVENS COUNTY

http://www.co.stevens.mn.us/index.aspx?NID=930

TODD COUNTY

http://www.co.todd.mn.us/unit/licensing/social_services_child_foster_care_licensing

TRAVERSE COUNTY

http://www.co.traverse.mn.us/departments/departments/social-services/foster-care-and-adoption/

WASECA COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Minnesota_Prairie_County_Alliance/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/3?returnUrl=%2FSpecialTopics%2FFamilies%2F20769%3F

WASHINGTON COUNTY

https://www.co.washington.mn.us/790/Foster-Care-Licensing

WATONWAN COUNTY

https://www.minnesotahelp.info/Providers/Watonwan_County_Department_of_Human_Services/Child_Foster_Care_CFC_Licensure/1?returnUrl=%2FProviders%2FWatonwan_County_Department_of_Human_Services%2FSearch%3Fr%3D0%26loc%3DMountain%2BView%252c%2BCA%26geo%3D37.4192%252c-122.0574%26start%3D21

WILKIN COUNTY

http://www.co.wilkin.mn.us/index.asp?SEC=DDFBDB1A-1FC5-4288-A23E-09837C5D093F&DE=5E0F4106-190B-4EAB-BA05-774DFB687A45&Type=B_BASIC

WRIGHT COUNTY

https://www.co.wright.mn.us/348/Child-Foster-Care

YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTY

http://www.co.ym.mn.gov/index.asp?Type=B_BASIC&SEC=%7B545BBA7F-4828-42E0-9303-B5B2C02C0396%7D