Frequently Asked Questions

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  • 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
  • If I have a child placed in my home will the family know the whereabouts of the child? Will they have contact with the child?

    The addresses of foster homes are public knowledge through the Department of Human Services. Parents will know the name of the family for which the child is placed. There will be scheduled visits and phone contact between the parents and the child.  If knowledge of the foster home location would endanger the child or foster family, that placement location will not be disclosed.
  • As a foster care provider will I be responsible for medical bills accrued by the individual placed in my home?

    No. The majority of children coming into foster care are on medical assistance or will be covered by private insurance.
  • How is it decided who is placed in my home?

    Foster care providers make the final decision to accept or not accept a child into their home. Carver County will ask you to clarify the age, gender, and the type of foster care you wish to provide. When a new request for a foster home is made each foster care provider will have the opportunity to talk with the workers involved to get as much information as possible prior to agreeing to have a child or children placed in their home. 

  • 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.
  • Do foster care providers get paid?

    Foster care is not a paid position. You will receive a monthly stipend at the end of the month to reimburse you for some of the costs incurred for the child(ren) placed in your home. This money is for the care of the child in your home and for room and board. The total money received typically is less than the actual expenses it takes to care for the children. 
  • 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. 

  • Can foster parents adopt the children in their care?

    Yes. However, the majority of children placed in foster care return home to their parents or they are permanently placed with a relative.  In some cases the court may terminate an individual’s parental rights for which a child will need a permanent placement.