Foster children have been removed from their home because of abuse and neglect. Hennepin County looks for foster providers to provide care for children while their families work on their problems. Foster care is most often temporary, and the children usually continue to visit their own families until they can be reunited.
Foster children may have challenging behaviors and need patient foster parents who can provide them with attention, affection and supervision.
We work with you to determine the age, sex and needs of the children who could be placed with you. Pre-placement visits with foster children are encouraged, and the final decision of placement is up to you.
The first step toward becoming a licensed foster provider is to attend a foster care information meeting. Applications are available at this meeting.
Call (612) 348-KIDS, or send an e-mail to: HS.Foster.Care@co.hennepin.mn.us. Please state your name, home address, and a phone number where you can be reached between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday - Friday.
|Meeting Dates||Meeting Locations|
|October 8, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
|North Regional Library
1315 Lowry Avenue N.
Minneapolis, MN 55411
|November 6, 2013
1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
5244 Lyndale Avenue S.
Minneapolis, MN 55419
|November 18, 2013
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
|Health Services Building
525 Portland Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55415
|December 16, 2013
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
6126 Shingle Creek Parkway
Brooklyn Center, MN 55430
All foster care providers licensed in Hennepin County need 12 hours of annual training.
Respite care is short-term care which gives parents a needed break from a challenging child.
Respite care is not a separate foster care program. Respite care parents go through the same licensing process as other foster parents. Respite care is needed for children with developmental disabilities and for children with behavioral and or emotional problems.
Some of our greatest respite needs are for providers who can care for children with autism, cerebral palsy, Aspberger's Syndrome, medically involved children or children in wheelchairs.
Respite requests for children with developmental disabilities are almost always for one child at a time. The care may be provided for one or two weekends a month for several months in a row, or for a week at a time.
Respite care is also given to families who need a break from children who have challenging behaviors and / or emotional problems.
Most of these children are either larger sibling groups or adolescents. In order to provide respite care for children with behavioral and emotional problems, you need be able to provide care for a week or more at a time.
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