Child Foster Care Licensing

Child foster care homes are utilized when children cannot live with their own families. Children typically enter foster care due to neglect, abuse, or a family crisis or the child's acting out at home. Foster parents provide a safe, consistent, nurturing and stable living environment for these children until they can be safely returned to their families

Becker County Human Services licenses, monitors and supports foster families. The licensing process includes among other things:

  • Adam Walsh Background Studies and fingerprinting
  • Meeting Fire Marshal's Inspection and Department of Human Services Home Safety Requirements – Furnace Checks, Well Water Testing (if using private wells)
  • Attending Orientation and Trainings
  • Home Study
  • Reference Checks, etc.

Requirements to be a licensed provider include:

  1. Applicant(s) must be at least 21 years of age
  2. Applicant(s) must reside in Becker County
  3. Applicant(s) and adult household members must be free of chemical use problems for at least the past two years
  4. Applicant(s) need to have sufficient income to meet their own needs
  5. Applicant(s) and household members 13 years of age and over must pass a background check
  6. Applicant(s) should be one year from a major life change such as a marriage, divorce, birth of a first child or a significant loss, etc.

Child Foster Care homes are licensed according to Minnesota laws. For more information, see the Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws and Rules (Child Foster Care Rule 2960.3000-2960.3300) or see the entire Human Services Licensing Act and search for Chapter 245a.c.

To get more information and access to required licensing forms, please visit the following page: