Foster Care Licensing 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 to learn about signing up to be a 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 Foster Care Licensing Forms & Resources page. You may also contact Scott County Foster Care at 952-445-7751 or