Below is a general outline of child foster care licensing procedures.
Contact Michelle Lechner at (507) 304-4273 expressing your interest and questions about becoming a Blue Earth County foster parent.
If interest continues, the prospective applicant will arrange attendance at an informational meeting. Orientation workshops will be conducted every six to eight weeks, which is required prior to licensing. Child Foster Care Orientation Schedule
If, after the orientation workshop, the family is still interested, an initial interview with a licensor is made. The applicant will be given a foster care packet, which will include the foster family licensing rule, applicant background study forms for all persons 13 years of age or older in the household, personal questionnaire, application, home safety checklist, three personal references, and other materials pertaining to the program.
Required before you become licensed includes:
6 hours of orientation
3 hours of Children’s Mental Health training
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma training
Car Seat Safety training
When the application and applicant background studies have been filled out, signed, and returned to the agency, an appointment will be made for a home-site inspection. A visit from the state fire inspector may be required.
When the previous listed requirements have been met, the licensor will do a home study. This will include several interviews with prospective foster parents and their children. The contents of the home study will include family relationships, family activities, discipline techniques, communication skills, expectations of foster care, and ages and types of foster children desired.
The agency licensing process may take up to three months.
When the application is completed, the agency shall forward its licensing recommendations to the Department of Human Services within 20 working days.