General Email Address:
Clint Mack, Supervisor
Janice Melton, Adult and Child Foster Care Licensor
Angie Lunow, Adult and Child Foster Care Licensor
Sarah Kulesa, Relative Child Foster Care Licensor
Do foster parents get child care paid for the children in their care?
Carver County does not pay for child care for the children placed in foster care. There are limited situations in which there may be some assistance for the cost of child care for relative/kin foster parents. There is a tool used to determine the exact amount a foster parent receives for their stipend and child care expenses are one component of that calculation. However, any increase in stipend based on child care expenses are minimal.
Does it cost any money to become a foster parent?
No. There is not a cost to becoming a foster parents. However, if a fire inspection is needed there will be small cost to pay for the fire inspection and they may be expenses to ensure your home meets fire safety codes.
Do I need to be licensed to provide foster care?
Yes. In order to have children placed in your home through the foster care system you will need to complete the licensing process
What kind of experience or training do I have to have?
Carver County Health and Human Services provides all preliminary training to become a foster parent. Foster families are required to receive 12 hours of training each year. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent should be open and willing to learn new skills and techniques to enhance their ability to care children coming into their home.
Can a single person be a foster parent?
Yes, you can be a single foster parent. You do not have to be married nor have children to be a foster parent.
Do I have to own my on home to do foster care?
No! You may own or rent your mobile home, apartment, condominium, or single family home. All are acceptable providing they meet safety standards. Some homes will require a fire inspection from the State Fire Marshall or other authorized fire inspector.
Is there a need in Carver County for foster parents?
Yes, there is a need for foster parents in Carver County. We are in need of homes for children of all ages and within each community. A majority of the time children enter foster care by themselves or with only one other sibling; however, it is most difficult to find homes for sibling groups of 3+ children. There is also a need for homes for teenagers that display some mental health and/or behavioral issues that do not rise to the level of needing institutional care or treatment.