Child Foster Care


Child Foster Parents Provide Care In:

  • Emergency shelter: needed in emergency situations, providers must be will to care for both female and male children ages 0-18 and have some flexibility for sibling groups. Placements are typically 1 to 8 days.
  • Family foster care: foster families care for children for 1 day to several months.
  • Special services homes: foster families capable of providing care for children with medical needs, developmental disabilities, emotional & behavioral special needs, and youth who have been found delinquent.
  • Resource family homes: foster families provide care for children, actively support reunification while committing to the possibility of adoption if reunification can not take place.
  • Respite care: foster families care for children for periods of times, as short as one day or up to 29 days. The purpose is to provide the children’s parents a brief break in their care responsibilities.
  • Must be an Olmsted County resident
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of application, there is no upper limit.
  • A request for licensure cannot be denied based on marital status.
  • You may work outside the home.
  • You and other adult household members must sign a statement, indicating they have been free of chemical use problems for the past two years.
  • All household member who are 13 years of age or older must pass a criminal and social services background check. Must be no history of abuse or neglect of children or vulnerable adults.
  • Questions? Call 507 328-6400 and ask for Child Foster Care