Adult Foster Care

Adult foster care assists individuals, 18 years of age and older, who are unable to live alone, with a living arrangement, or other basic needs as appropriate. Qualified adults may be frail, elderly, have emotional, physical, or mental health needs, or other circumstances that make them dependent on others for care. Adult foster care recipients may be able to attend school, work or day programs.

Prospective Adult Foster Care Providers:
Adult Foster Care providers are responsible to provide care, supervision and companionship in a home-like setting while providing the opportunity for those in care to do as much as possible for themselves, for as long as possible, both in the provider's home and throughout the community. It is important that providers are able to provide a safe, nurturing environment. Adult Foster Care recipients and their families may request a provider of a certain gender, age and for an anticipated duration of placement. Caregivers are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human Services through Sherburne County Health & Human Services.

Operating an adult foster care home involves regulations and attention to business details spelled out in state statute or rule. County licensing staff can help you understand the requirements, but you have the ultimate responsibility to operate your home according to the rules of your license.


  • Providers must be 18 years or older
  • Providers must live in Sherburne County
  • Providers need to have enough income to meet their own needs
  • Providers should be one year from a major life change such as a marriage, divorce, completion of chemical dependency treatment, birth of a first child or a significant loss
  • Providers and household members age 13 and older must pass a background check
  • Provider's homes must have at least two bedrooms
  • Providers must be willing to participate in regular trainings
  • Providers must pay $50 for a fire marshal inspection of their home

LIcense Process

  1. Attend information session to receive basic information and application.
  2. All household members over 13 need to pass state background studies. There is a cost for this.
  3. Have a fire marshal inspection of your home at a cost of $50.
  4. County licensing will contact three references you have listed in your application.
  5. Complete an intake interview with a county licensor in your home.
  6. Write required policies and procedures for your home.
  7. Complete a three-hour orientation with your licensor. County licensing staff makes a recommendation to the state regarding your license
  8. The state makes the final licensing decision.

If you are interested in pursuing foster care licensing or have more questions, please register for an information session below.

2018 Adult Foster Care Information Meetings
held at Sherburne County Government Center
Thursday June 21st 9:00am - 10:30am Maple Room
Friday September 28th 9:00am - 10:30am Maple Room
Thursday December 13th 1:00pm - 3:30pm Sunshine Room
To register, call Kerry Goshorn at 763-765-4065

Host County Notification PDF

It is Sherburne County's policy that all requests for placement in a Sherburne County licensed adult foster care home from agencies and counties outside of Sherburne, complete this paperwork and have it approved by Sherburne County PRIOR to placement of an adult foster care resident in a Sherburne County adult foster home.

Additional Resources

Health & Human Services Contact:

Sherburne County Govt Center
ATTN: Health & Human Services
13880 Business Center Dr NW
Suite 100
Elk River, MN 55330-4668

Office Location & Hours

Phone: 763-765-4000
Fax: 763-765-4096
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