Requirements

If you are interested in becoming a foster care provider and have reviewed the content on the What to Expect page, it is now time to learn more. Below is a list of the basic requirements and recommendations related to the Scott County Minnesota Foster Care program.

Foster Care Provider Requirements
  • Live in Scott County Minnesota
  • Live in a house or apartment which has at least two bedrooms and meet fire safety codes
  • Be at least 21 years old for Child Foster Care, 18 years old for Adult Foster Care
  • Be single or a couple
  • Have enough income to meet your own family's needs
  • Have experience as a caregiver, or be willing to learn if you don't have experience
  • Not use corporal punishment
  • All household family members welcome having a child in the home and support the licensing process
  • All household family members support the licensing process
  • Agree to keep all information shared confidential
  • Participate in a series of home visits to complete the home study
  • Attend required training
  • Complete the application materials:
    • Permission for a social service and court records review
    • Submit to a fingerprint check for all household members age 18 and over
    • Allow for a standard background study for all youth in your home over age 13
    • Provide 3 personal references
    • Submit a statement regarding the physical health of all household members
    • Complete a health statement for all adults in the household
Scott County Recommendations
  • Be 1 year from a major life change such as a marriage, divorce, birth of a first child, or a significant loss
  • Be 2 years from chemical dependency treatment
  • Demonstrate financial and emotional stability, responsibility and a willingness to work closely with the agency
  • Have reliable transportation to transport children to appointments several times a week
Opportunities to Help
If you are unable to be a foster care provider or an adoptive parent right now, there are other opportunities for you to help. Visit the Scott County Volunteer Program website for a complete list of volunteer opportunities.

Volunteer
  • Mentor a child
  • Tutor a child
  • Donate school supplies
  • Serve as a Guardian Ad Litem
Sponsor a Child
  • Christmas presents
  • Birthday presents
  • Camp attendance
  • Care packets
For More Information
For more information, please visit the Forms and Resources page or contact the Scott County Minnesota Foster Care at 952-445-7751 or email.