Foster Care Licensing

  1. Adult Foster Care

Adult Foster Care 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 by contacting Kerry Goshorn.  

Child Foster Care Licensing

To learn about child foster care and begin the licensing process, you are asked to attend a Foster Care Information meeting, held at the Sherburne County Government Center every other month.

At the meeting you will be given general information about foster care, home safety requirements, and expectations of foster care providers. We will also discuss the application and licensing process.

To register for one of the Foster Care Information Meetings, please email Suzanne Hulett.  View upcoming informational meetings on our calendar.

The child foster care licensing process typically takes 90 to 120 days to complete. When Sherburne County Health and Human Services has received all necessary documents and has completed all evaluations associated with licensure, our agency has 20 days to submit our recommendation regarding approval or denial of the license to the Minnesota Commissioner of Human Services.

Additional Resources

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.  Host County Notification (PDF)