Child Foster Care

Sherburne County Child Welfare services focus on keeping children safe within their own homes whenever possible. When children cannot remain safely in their own homes, foster care may become necessary. Foster care provides children with a safe living environment, stability, affection, consistency and nurturing.

Children enter foster care for many reasons-their own disability or behavior, or their parents/caregivers neglect, abuse or inability to properly care for their child. For children and families involved with the foster care system, services focus improving the conditions and/or behavior that lead to foster care placement so children may be reunified with their parents as soon as possible. Foster care is temporary and most children continue to visit their parents until they are able to be reunited.

In some cases, reunification between children and parents is not possible. When this occurs, family members and other persons important to the child are contacted in an effort to find a permanent home for the child. When extended family is unable to fill this role, foster families may provide permanent foster care, accept a transfer of legal custody or adopt the child in their care.

Becoming a Foster Care Provider

If you are interested in becoming a foster care provider in Sherburne County, you must be licensed by Sherburne County Health and Human Services. Child Foster Care Information Meetings are scheduled throughout the year to provide information to those who may be interested in opening their homes to Sherburne County foster children.

2018 Child Foster Care Information Meetings*
held at Sherburne County Government Center
Monday July 30th 6:30pm Maple Room A & B
Monday September 10th 6:30pm Maple Room A & B
Tuesday November 27th 6:30pm Board Room

*Information meetings are open to all, but you must register by email or by calling 763-765-4000 or 800-433-5239.

Education and Training

Child Foster Care Applicants: You must complete the following four trainings and post-tests prior to becoming licensed. Once you have finished each post-test, please save it on your device and email it to your Licensor.

Licensors: Suzanne Hulett   |   Anna Byrnes  |   Kerry Goshorn
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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