Carver County licenses family foster care for adults and children and corporate foster homes. If you are interested in becoming a foster care provider, please call Intake at (952) 361-1600 and ask for Foster Care so you can register for an upcoming informational meeting to learn more about the licensing process and required training.
Below are descriptions of the different foster care programs.
Family Adult Foster Care
Adult Foster Care is a placement alternative for adults age 18 and older who are unable to live alone but do not need an institutional setting. Adult Foster Care provides a family setting for individuals who are elderly, have developmental disabilities or a mental illness. Adult Foster Care focuses on helping those receiving care live purposeful lives and remain in the community.
Family Child Foster Care
When children cannot remain in their own homes due to neglect, abuse, or behavior problems, Family Foster Care is used as a temporary arrangement while families receive the help they need. Foster care provides a network of caring, stable people who are willing to help the child and his/her family so the parents and children can be reunited. Children who are placed in foster care range from infancy through age 18. The average stay in Family Foster Care ranges from three to twelve months.
One option for this type of care is Relative Foster Care, which enables a family related to the child to provide foster care.
Corporate Foster Care
Corporate Foster Care is a group home where there are shift staff that provide the services to the residents in the home. There is a moratorium that prevents new development of Corporate Foster Care homes, but there are exceptions that can occur where a new home can be developed. The only corporate foster homes in Carver County are for adults; there are no corporate foster homes for children in the county.
Respite Care (Adult & Child)
Respite Care is a foster care service offered to families (including foster families) who need short-term and/or regularly scheduled out-of-home placement for the child or adult in their care. A child or adult matched with a respite provider may receive occasional care or they may receive the care as often as one or two weekends per month.
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