Houston County Department of Human Services
Child Foster Care (CFC) Licensing
304 S Marshall St, Rm 104, Caledonia, MN, 55921
Distance: 867 Miles
(507) 725-5811 Ext: 1308
Families are needed to open their homes to children needing a temporary place to live. Placements vary in length. Foster care providers become part of the agency team that works closely to meet the child's needs, and that works with the child's parents toward the goal of reunification or finding permanency for the child if the child is unable to be reunified with their family.
Child foster care includes foster family settings, where the license holder lives in the foster home; and foster residence settings where the license holder does not live in the home.
Minnesota rules establish minimum standards for licensed child foster care programs. These rules include, but are not limited to:
* The licensing process
* Capacity limits
* Foster home physical environment
* Foster home safety
* License holder qualifications
* Foster parent training
* Placement/continued stay/discharge of foster children
* Respite and substitute care for foster family settings
* Requirements for what records must be provided to the licensing agency.
Additional requirements for foster residence settings include:
* Staff training requirements
* Staffing pattern and personnel policy requirements
* Communication and documentation requirements
* Admission/treatment/discharge requirements
The rule includes additional requirements for license holders providing treatment foster care, such as additional experience, training and limits on capacity.
To become licensed as a child foster care provider the applicant must meet minimum licensing standards, including but not limited to:
* Reside in the county in a home that meets all requirements on a home safety checklist and complies with applicable fire, health, building and zoning codes
* Be at least 21 years of age
* Must complete required background checks on all required persons and household members who are 13 years of age or older
* Provide statements from the applicant(s) and all household members that they are receiving all necessary medical care and are physically able to care for foster children, and that they have been free of chemical use problems for the previous two years
* Provide statements from the applicant(s) that they have been free of chemical abuse problems for the past two years
* Provide 3 references
* Have bedroom space available for foster children
* Participate in a home study of the family
* Meet required training hours annually
Call your county social services department or licensed child placing agency.
There are no fees for this service.
8:00am - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
This provider does not offer this service at other locations.
Other Services or resources
- Adult Foster Care (AFC) and Community Residential Setting (CRS) Licensing
- Adult Protective Services (APS)
- Apply for Waiver Programs
- Child Protective Services (CPS)
- Consumer Support Grant (CSG) Program
- County Programs for Families
- County Programs for Food Support
- County Programs for Health Care Financial Assistance
- County Programs for Income Assistance
- County Programs for People with Disabilities
- Emergency Assistance
- Family Support Grant (FSG)
- Find Substance Use Disorder Treatment
- Housing Support
- MnCHOICES Assessment and Support Planning
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DF-4500.2000-200Foster Home Licensing Definition
Programs that establish and enforce health, safety and program standards for foster homes, review applications for licenses, issue or deny licenses, inspect facilities for compliance with requirements and revoke licenses or bring disciplinary action for noncompliance.
PH-2400.2000Foster Parent/Family Recruitment Definition
Programs that identify and enlist people who are willing to provide foster care for dependent children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment and need an alternative family living arrangement, or for children or adults with developmental disabilities, sensory impairments, physical disabilities, emotional problems or multiple disabilities who are unable to live with their birth families or in an independent setting. Programs that recruit families to provide foster care for children and adults with disabilities are generally also responsible for training, certifying and monitoring placements in family homes and for providing support for the family and the individual(s) with disabilities who live with them.
YK-6500.2000Foster Parents Definition
Individuals who are licensed to provide a home for orphaned, abused, neglected or delinquent children or children with disabilities, usually with the approval of the government or a social service agency.