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?

Basic Requirements

  • 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

  1. Review the Inquiry Packet (PDF) for more information on the licensing process and criteria. 
  2. Attend a required orientation meeting. These meetings are offered every other month.  
  3. Contact our intake social worker at 320-632-7800 or be put on our notification list

View Initial Licensing Training Materials

Complete Initial Licensing Tests

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)

For additional training resources, please contact your licensing worker:

Kim DeZurik                                                          Nikki Alich

Phone:  320-632-0278                                           Phone:  320-631-0402