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.
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 - Family Adult Foster Care
We require people interested in becoming licensed for family adult 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.