Adult Foster Care
Adult foster care is a licensed service for individuals age 18 and over that have a disability or functional impairment, are not able to live independently, and prefer to live in a community-based, home-like setting. Adult foster care providers offer food, lodging, protection, supervision, and household services.
The home is the primary residence of the license holder and the license holder is the primary caregiver.
The license holder is not required to live in the home or provide the majority of care. These homes typically have shift staff and are operated by corporations.
The 2009 Minnesota Legislature authorized a moratorium on the growth of licensed adult and child corporate foster care and community residential settings. For more information, see CBSM - Moratorium on corporate foster care and community residential settings.
Adult foster care homes may serve individuals with developmental disabilities, traumatic brain injury, mental health conditions, physical impairments, and the elderly.
Before an individual is licensed they must go through the licensing process which includes completing paperwork, one-on-one interviews, a criminal and social service background records check for all household members age 13 and above, and a fire marshal inspection.
There is a $20 fee for each background study, $9.19 fee for fingerprints, fee for an initial well test should that apply, and a $50 fee for the fire marshal inspection. Providers must also complete orientation training presented by the county before placements are allowed.
You must be living in the county or have possession of the new home to begin the licensing process. If you live outside of Washington County you must contact the local county social service agency for information about their licensing process.
Informational Meeting - Adult FAMILY Foster Care
We require people interested in becoming licensed for adult family foster care to attend an informational meeting. The informational meeting will provide an overview of adult family foster care services, the licensing process, and general expectations of providers.
Due to COVID-19, we have switched some of our Informational meetings to Web-Ex online meetings. More meeting dates could switch to online pending the situation with COVID. Please RSVP to receive the link to the electronic meeting. Please also call if attending an electronic meeting will be difficult for you.
*Due to a high volume of Adult Foster Care applications waiting to be processed for license in relation to the current need of additional homes in Washington County, the Adult Foster Care Informational Meeting is on hold until further notice.
The amount of time taking to be licensed is currently several months. When the current applications are processed, we will continue the informational meetings at that time. Thank you for your understanding.
*Attendees will be required to attend a different training if they are more than 15 minutes late.
For additional information, questions, or to RSVP in case of cancellation, regarding adult foster care informational meetings, contact us: Phone: 651-430-8307 or Email Adult Foster Care Licensing.