Child Foster Care Licensing
Morrison County provides licensing for child foster care and respite homes within Morrison County.
FOSTER: It's not just the child's life that changes!
Foster Care: The temporary placement of a child in a home away from their main care providers due to safety or treatment needs.
Respite Care: The temporary care for a child that provides a break for the child and/or their caregivers for a duration of time that makes sense for the provider and the family, often short term.
Interested in becoming a Child Foster Care Provider?
Do you have the love and patience to share your home and be invested in the future of our community's children?
- Be at least 21 years old.
- All household members must pass a criminal and social services background check.
- Meet physical home environment and home study process requirements.
- Have a bed space for an extra child in your home.
- Be willing to partner with and respect the child's family.
- Be willing to have regular contact with service providers and social workers to support the child and your family.
How to start
- Review the Inquiry Packet (PDF) for more information on the licensing process and criteria.
- Attend a required orientation meeting. These meetings are offered every other month.
- Contact our intake social worker at 320-632-7800 or 1-800-269-1464.to be put on our notification list
View Initial Licensing Training Materials
- Child and Restraint Systems (CARS) Registration -This is an IN-PERSON Training
- Child Mandated Reporter Training
- Children's Mental Health Training
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Training
- In the Best Interests Training
- Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training
Complete Initial Licensing Tests
- Childrens Mental Health Training (PDF)
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Training (PDF)
- In the Best Interests Training (PDF)
- Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard Training (PDF)
- Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID) Training (PDF)
- Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) Training (PDF)
- Generic Training Credit Summary (PDF)
Submit the completed tests to your Licensor
How to continue being a Child Foster Care Provider
Print and return the Relicensing Packet (PDF) to your licensing worker 1 month prior to the expiration of your license.
On-Going Training Requirements
12 credit hours of training are required annually for licensed foster providers. You can complete any relevant training to achieve 12 hours but the below are required:
- Child Passenger Restraint Training (Required every 5 years if caring for children under 9, must provide proof of attendance)
- Children's Mental Health Training (2 hours required initially, 1 hour annually)
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (1 hour required annually)
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death (Required every 5 years if caring for children under 5 years)
- Abusive Head Trauma (Required every 5 years if caring for children under 5 years)
- Child Mandated Reporter Training (1 hour required annually)