What to Expect

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You have love in your heart and want to help children or adults through tough times; but you are wondering what it’s like to be a foster care provider on a daily basis. How will it impact your schedule? Your family?

Fostering Children
Foster care providers that care for young children and teens provide a nurturing, stable environment in which a child can progress mentally, physically, emotionally, and socially. They provide children with guidance, discipline, and safety, as well as addressing a child’s special needs.

Depending on the child's particular needs, care typically includes:
  • Providing appropriate clothing
  • Providing children’s basic physical and emotional needs
  • Providing a separate bed and place for his/her belongings
  • Transporting children to medical and dental appointments
  • Attending recreational and enrichment activities
  • Monitoring school attendance, performance, note special needs and accomplishments
  • Helping children through the grieving and adjustment process that accompanies removal from their own home and placement
  • maintaining a record for children of their time in care, including developmental milestones, photographs, report cards, etc.
  • providing consistent and realistic discipline and guidance that is age appropriate and does not involve corporal punishment
Fostering Adults
Adult foster care homes provide room and board as well as services stipulated in the placement plan developed for each adult. Once essential component of adult foster care is overnight supervision.

Depending on the adult’s particular needs, care typically includes:
  • Administering or monitoring medications
  • Providing assistance with activities of daily living
  • Prompting for personal hygiene
  • Assisting with managing cash resources
  • Arranging for medical appointments, transportation
  • Preparing meals and dining together
Adult foster care licensors and case managers carefully match residents with providers whose skills and/or willingness to provide various services are in keeping with the resident’s needs. Visit the adult foster care page for more information.

For More Information

For more information, please visit the resources page or contact the Scott County Minnesota Foster Care at 952-445-7751 or email.