Child Foster Care
Foster care is a safe place to be if a child can not live with their own family or on their own. Children enter foster care because of neglect, abuse, a family crisis or the child's acting out at home. Foster parents help children feel good again by providing them with stability, affection, consistency and nurturing.
Foster care is temporary, it is not meant to be forever. Children usually continue to visit their own parents until they are reunited. While the child is out of the home, Social Services is working to provide services so the child can return to his parents.
If this is not possible, family members and other persons important to the child are contacted to find a permanent home for the child. Sometimes foster families are asked to provide permanent foster care, accept a transfer of legal custody or adopt a child in their care.
|2013 Child Foster Care Information Meetings|
|held at Sherburne County Government Center Board Room|
|To register, call Suzanne Hulett at 763-765-4033|
Therapeutic Foster Care
Sherburne County also offers a Therapeutic Foster Care Program. This program was developed to provide an alternative placement option for children and youth with emotional and behavioral challenges. The needs of these youth surpass what a traditional child foster care setting can offer but are not significant enough for a group home setting.
Services within the program are strengths based, goal orientated and family driven. A treatment team comprised of the foster parents, social workers, the child and the child’s family develops an individualized treatment plan.
Aftercare services at the time of reunification provide ongoing support. Services are provided in specialized foster homes located in Sherburne County to ensure the child can maintain connections with their family and community.
Therapeutic Foster Care parents receive additional training and support to help meet the needs of the youth place in their homes.
Adult Foster Care
Foster care for adults assists men and women, 18 years of age and older, who are unable to live alone but want to live in a family setting. They are emotionally, physically or mentally dependent, or frail elderly who may be able to attend school, work or day programs.
As an adult foster care provider it is your responsibility to provide a home-like setting, care, supervision and companionship, and to provide the opportunity for people to do as much as possible for themselves as long as possible in the community. Foster families may request a certain gender, age and anticipated duration of placement. It is most important that the family is able to provide a safe, nurturing environment.
If you are a county social service worker and would like to place a client in an adult foster home, please complete the Host County Notification Form and fax to the attention of Adult Foster Care Licensor at 763-765-4096.
Education and Training
|2013 Resource Family (formerly FAK) Pre-Service Training|
|held at Sherburne County Government Center - Commissioner's Room
Saturdays from 9am-4pm
|Saturday, January 12||module 1: Orientation and Overview of F/A/K Care
module 2: Team Building
|Saturday, February 9||module 3: Cultural Issues in Placement
module 4: Family Systems
|Saturday, March 9||module 5: Impact of Abuse & Neglect on Child Development
module 6: Attachment, Separation and Placement
|Saturday, September 7||module 7: Discipline
module 8: Primary Families
|Saturday, October 5||module 9: Sexual Abuse
module 10: Effects of Caregiving on the Family
|Saturday, November 16||module 11: Permanency Issues for Children
module 12: Permanency Issues for Families
|To register, email or call Suzanne Hulett at 763-765-4033|