Child Foster Care License

Foster care is a protective service to children and their families when families can no longer care for their children. Being a successful foster parent is hard work and it requires opening yourself and your home. Yet, foster parenting can be the most gratifying work you will ever consider.

Keep in mind

  • All applicants must attend the information session
  • The information session is free, and is held quarterly at alternating day and evening schedules.
  • Foster children might have emotional, developmental or behavioral needs
  • Foster children qualify for medical assistance and financial assistance

Attend an information session 

Attend the Foster Care, Adoption and Concurrent Planning session.

You will learn:

  • What is involved in becoming a foster, adoptive or kinship provider
  • About licensing and child placement procedures
  • About what to expect while you work with a child placing agency

While you are there, we will give you an application. You must attend this session before we can give you an application.

Complete and return the application packet 

Complete and return the application packet to:

Child Foster Care
2117 Campus Drive SE
Suite 200
Rochester, MN 55904

After we receive your application, you will be assigned a licensing worker.

Complete a background study 

Everyone living in your home who is 13 years or older will need to complete a background study. This will include fingerprinting everyone in your household 18 years old or older. We will give you instructions about how to complete fingerprinting.

Attend additional training 

There is mandatory and elective training that need to be completed before you are licensed. Your licensing worker will work with you to schedule these.

Successfully complete a home study 

After all of the background studies and any other required trainings are completed, your licensing worker will meet with you and begin your home study.

During your first home visit, your licensing worker will conduct a home inspection. If your licensing worker determines that a fire inspection is needed, a request will be made to the State Fire Marshal's Office.

Additional visits (typically 4 to 6) between yourself and the licensing worker are necessary to complete the home study. During the home study, we will ask about your personal history, your support system, your relationships, your parenting style, your placement preferences, etc.

Receive your license 

Your license is issued when:

  • The background study is complete
  • Three references have been received
  • All training is completed
  • Your home study is complete
  • All necessary corrections have been made to your home (per State Fire Marshal and Licensing requirements).

The agency makes a recommendation to the Minnesota Department of Human Services who issues your license.

Typically, a license is issued within 120 days from the date your application is received by our agency.


You are an officially licensed foster parent with Olmsted County.

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