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ADULT FOSTER CARE LICENSING

Adult foster care means the provision of food, lodging, protection, supervision, and household services to a functionally impaired (vulnerable) adult in a residence and may also include the provision of personal care, household and living skills assistance or training, medication assistance and assistance safeguarding cash resources.  The Adult foster care license holder may have a maximum license capacity of five if all persons in care are age 55 or over and do not have a serious and persistent mental illness or a developmental disability.  There are two types:  

●  Family adult foster care home means an adult foster care home that is the primary residence of the license holder, and in which  the license holder is the
    primary care giver.

●  Corporate:  The home is operated by a corporation with shift staff delivering services to client.

Eligibility

To become licensed as an adult foster care provider the applicant must meet minimum licensing standards:

●  Reside in the county in a home that meets fire safety code

●  Be at least 18 years of age

●  Allow the county or state to complete a criminal history background check on all household members who are 13 years of age or older

●  Applicants must provide three positive references

●  Applicants must have bedroom space for resident(s) and have an approved fire inspection

●  A completed home study of the family

●  Meet the required training hours annually

Funding:

●  Potential residents must be on Medical Assistance or may be private-pay if they have a county social service needs assessment prior to placement.

●  For Corporate adult foster care placement, client must have a waiver (DD, TBI, EW, CADI, etc) or they must be private pay.

●  For Family adult foster care placement, waivers may or may not be involved for clients to access outside services, and some family providers have waiver
    contracts which cover foster care services (e.g. above and beyond the room-and-board rate).

●  Adult foster care is a voluntary housing option.

●  Persons appropriate for Adult foster care need 24 hour care and assistance with activities of daily living and supervision to prevent institutionalization.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to live in Isanti County ?
Yes, for Isanti County to license you as a foster care provider, you must live in Isanti County.  If you do not, you can check with the county that you do live in.

Do I have to live in a house?
No; apartments, mobile homes or condominiums can also be options.

Do I have to be married?
No.

Can I be a single parent?
Yes.

How old do I need to be?
18 years or older for adult foster care

Can I work outside of my home?
Yes.

Who pays for the foster care?
There are a variety of different funding sources that pay for foster care depending upon the circumstances. The funding follows the client depending on their
need for services/care.

Who pays for the client's medical expenses?
A variety of medical and dental expenses may be provided by Medical Assistance or private insurance. A foster care provider is not responsible for client costs.

Can clients share a bedroom?
Yes, depending on the needs of the client. Bedrooms may be shared with consent of client, but each client needs their own bed.

How long do clients stay in foster homes?
Foster care varies in length, depending on the clients' preferences, circumstances, and needs.

CURRENT PROVIDER FORMS

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Foster Parent Advisory Brochure
Home Safety Checklist
License Application


LICENSING LAWS

Human Services Background Studies
Human Services Licensing
Minnesota Statutes 2007 
Reporting of maltreatment of vulnerable adults
Rule 203 (Adult Foster Care Rule)
Services for Developmental Disabilities


HELPFUL RESOURCES

Alzheimerís Association Ė the largest voluntary health organization supporting Alzheimer research and care. 

The Arc Ė the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. 
 
Office of the Ombudsman for Mental Health and Mental Retardation
 

HELPFUL LINKS

Direct link to the licensing area of Department of Human Services

Minnesota's Adult Foster Care Program, Minnesota Department of Human Services

Minnesota's Adult Foster Care Regulations, Minnesota Rules

Minnesota Department of Human Services - Licensing Division

Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Mental Health and Mental Retardation

Minnesota State Fire Code - Adult Foster Care Requirements

Minnesota Statutes - Vunerable Adult Act

Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care 

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a licensed adult foster care provider, please contact:  

 Foster Care Licensing
 
Isanti County Family Services
 
Oakview Office Complex
 
1700 E Rum River Dr S, Suite A
 Cambridge, MN 55008
 763-689-1711

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CHILD FOSTER CARE LICENSING

What is Foster Care and why is it needed?  
Foster care is a safe place to be if a child cannot live with his/her family or on their own.  Children enter foster care because of neglect, abuse, a family crisis, or the childís acting out at home.  Foster parents help children grow and feel good again by providing them with stability, affection, consistency, and nurturing.  

Foster care is temporary; it is not meant to be forever.  Children usually continue to visit their own families until they may be reunited.  While the child is out of the home, Social Services is working to provide services so that the child can return to his parents.  

If this is not possible, family members and other persons important to the child are contacted to see if they can give a permanent home to the child.  Sometimes foster families are asked to provide permanent foster care or to adopt the child in their care.

Foster Care Respite  
Respite care is short term care which gives parents a needed break from a challenging child.  It is not a separate foster care program.  Respite care parents go through the same licensing process as other foster parents  Respite care is needed for children with developmental disabilities and for children with behavioral and or emotional problems.  

Children with Developmental Disabilities
Parents with children who have developmental disabilities may need respite care rather than longer term care.  Right now some of our greatest respite needs are for providers who can care for children with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Aspbergerís syndrome, medically involved children and children in wheelchairs.  Respite requests for these children are almost always for one child at a time.  It is important to have prior experience when working with developmentally disabled children.

Foster Care Licensing Requirements

   You must live in Isanti County
   You need to be at least 21 years old, financially stable and a responsible adult
   You can be single or a couple
   You must live in a home that meets fire-safety standards and have appropriate sleeping space
   A Fire Marshal inspection may be required
   Allow Isanti County to complete a history background check that involves submitting fingerprinting
   Participate in a home-study that includes interviews with household members 
   Adults complete 12 hours of training per year per person
   Car Seat Restraint training will be required for all persons transporting children age nine and under

Other things you should know

  Foster children may share a room with other children as long as they have a bed of their own.  Itís best if your child is at least two years older than a foster
    child they would be sharing a room with.
  Foster Parents need to have a flexible schedule and reliable transportation.  Foster parents are needed to transport children for visitation and appointments
    several times a week
  Isanti County pays the State standardized rate monthly for care
  Medical and dental costs are covered through Medical Assistance or other medical insurance, not the foster family.
  Most children placed in foster care return to their birth parents or are placed with relatives.  In a few cases, parental rights are terminated.  The Agency is
    then required to first consider a permanent placement with appropriate relatives.  If relatives are not found to be appropriate, then we have to consider all
    adults who have had a significant role in the childís life, including foster parents.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to own my own home to do foster care?

No.  You may own or rent a trailer home, apartment, condominium or single family home.  Foster care homes will require a State Fire Marshal inspection.  If you rent, you will also need the landlordís consent to be licensed for foster care.

What kind of training or experience do I have to have?

Isanti County will provide all the preliminary training to become a foster parent.  On-going training is provided by a variety of sources.  Foster parents are required to complete 12 hours per person per year.  Experience working with children is always a benefit.  For providers caring for children age five and under, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby training is required.  For providers caring for children age nine and under, car seat restraint training is required.

Can I choose the age group?

Children from infancy through age 17 are placed in family foster care.  You are encouraged to request age, gender, and duration of stay preferences. We also want to know whom you would wish to provide care for (i.e.: developmentally disabled, mentally ill, physically handicapped or teens).

Reason for placement?

Children are placed due to situations of abuse or neglect.  Other reasons children are placed are due to parents being chemically dependent, mentally ill or being unable or unwilling to parent or provide appropriate care.

How long is care needed?

The ďaverageĒ stay in family foster care can range from three - nine months.  Some placements can extend much longer and some shorter.  Each childís situation is different and determining the length of stay is difficult.

Will the family know where the child is placed?

The majority of the time families will know where their children are. If this information would endanger the child or foster family, the placement location would not be disclosed.

What is a concurrent home?

This is a licensed foster home that first is able to work toward the reunification plan with the parents.  If reunification isnít possible and there are no appropriate relative homes, then a concurrent home would be open to adopting the children.

How do I become a licensed provider?

Call Isanti County Family Services at 763-689-1711 to begin the process.

FORMS

        Home Study Assessment

 Home Safety Checklist 

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Do I have to own my own home to do foster care?

No.  You may own or rent a trailer home, apartment, condominium or single family home.  Foster care homes will require a State Fire Marshal inspection.  If you rent, you will also need the landlordís consent to be licensed for foster care.

What kind of training or experience do I have to have?

Isanti County will provide all the preliminary training to become a foster parent.  On-going training is provided by a variety of sources.  Foster parents are required to complete 12 hours per person per year.  Experience working with children is always a benefit.  For providers caring for children age 5 and under, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby training is required.  For providers caring for children age 9 and under, car seat restraint training is required.

Can I choose the age group?

Children from infancy through age 17 are placed in family foster care.  You are encouraged to request age, gender, and duration of stay preferences. We also want to know whom you would wish to provide care for (i.e.: developmentally disabled, mentally ill, physically handicapped or teens).

Reason for placement?

Children are placed due to situations of abuse or neglect.  Other reasons children are placed are due to parents being chemically dependent, mentally ill or being unable or unwilling to parent or provide appropriate care.

How long is care needed?

The ďaverageĒ stay in family foster care can range from 3 Ė 9 months.  Some placements can extend much longer and some shorter.  Each childís situation is different and determining the length of stay is difficult.

Will the family know where the child is placed?

The majority of the time families will know where their children are. If this information would endanger the child or foster family, the placement location would not be disclosed.

What is a concurrent home?

This is a licensed foster home that first is able to work toward the reunification plan with the parents.  If reunification isnít possible and there are no appropriate relative homes, then a concurrent home would be open to adopting the children.

How do I become a licensed provider?

Call Isanti County Family Services at 763-689-1711 to begin the process.


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