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Adult Foster Care


Program Description

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 may have emotional, physical, developmental or mental health needs. They may attend school, work or day programs.

As an adult foster care provider it is your responsibility to provide a home-like setting, care, supervision, companionship, and opportunities for the individuals to do as much as possible for themselves. 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.


  • You need to be at least 18 years old.
  • You must live in Benton County.
  • You need to have enough income to meet your own needs.
  • You 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.
  • You must be willing to give us permission to check social service and court records.
  • You must be willing to participate in regular training.
  • If you are interested in pursuing foster care licensing or have more questions, please contact Sarah Sherwood at (320) 968-5111.


Adult Foster Care FAQ

What is Adult Foster Care?

Adult Foster Care is defined as a home setting in the community for adults who are unable to live independently due to physical, emotional, developmental or mental health impairments. The home can provide up to 24 hour supervision for 1 to 4 residents. (5 if caring for elderly residents). Residents receive meals, support, supervision and some assistance with personal care and living skills as needed. Adult Foster Care homes are licensed by the State of Minnesota under Rule 203 and 245A.

What types of Adult Foster Care are there?

  • Traditional - The foster care provider lives in the residence and is the primary caregiver to clients in the home.
  • Corporate - The foster care home is operated by an individual or corporation, usually with shift staff delivering services to the residents. With corporate care, the license holder does not live at the adult foster care residence.

What are the licensing requirements for Adult Foster Care?

The applicant must meet the minimum licensing standards that include:

  • The home must be in Benton County and meet the fire safety code
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • All household members 13 years old and over must pass a criminal and social service background check
  • Provide 3 positive references from non-relatives
  • Have bedroom space for each resident
  • Complete a home study with the licensor
  • Meet annual training requirements

What is the application process? If you have decided to provide traditional Adult Foster Care:

  • Contact the AFC Licensing Worker at 320-968-5111
  • Licensing Orientation with you in your home
  • Applicant completes the initial licensing packet
  • Fire inspection
  • 1-2 home visits to complete the licensing process
  • Recommendation to Department of Human Services (DHS) for licensing
  • DHS makes the final licensing decision

If you are interested in Corporate Foster Care, you may contact the AFC Licensing worker at (320) 968-5111.

The application process generally takes 3 - 4 months.

How are providers paid?

Traditional providers receive a monthly minimum room and board payment set by the State. A Difficulty of Care (DOC) rating may be set based on the required level of care. The payment is usually a combination of the client's pension, Social Security income, Social Security Disability, and Group Residential Housing (GRH) funds. Residents who have the financial resources to pay can negotiate a fee with the provider.

Corporate Providers may receive funding from a variety of sources. Services may be funded through Group Residential Housing (GRH) funding for basic room, board , and supervision with Difficulty of Care (DOC). In addition to GRH and Based on the individuals served and their needs, the county may wish to enter into a contract for additional support services for special populations. For Waivered Services Contracts having a corporate license does not guarantee that a provider will be contracted with by the County.

What kind of clients will I get?

The licensing unit cannot guarantee that you will get clients or how many you will get. You must market your home and be flexible in the type of clients you are willing to service. You decide what type of clients you take. Clients requiring these services may have mental health, physical, developmental issues or be elderly.

What is the role of the licensor?

The licensor ensures that all aspects of state and county licensing mandates and policies are followed; that the home is physically and emotionally safe for the clients; that providers are kept apprised of changes in licensing mandates and policies; provides information and education concerning the provider's site; encourages attendance at training, and supports the provider's role of providing a safe and supportive environment.

What types of supports are available to Adult Foster Care providers?

  • Each home is assigned a licensing worker
  • Monthly training brochures are sent to all family providers
  • Frequent notification of other trainings via email
  • Annual appreciation picnic
  • Providers are eligible for free Foster Care Liability Insurance offered by the State of Minnesota through the Minnesota Joint Underwriters Association
  • Many residents have a case manager who assists with the implementation of a specific care plan

What are the training requirements for Adult Foster Care providers?

  • Each Adult Foster Care provider is expected to attend 12 hours of training per year during the first 5 years of operation. Trainings are offered throughout the year on various topics.
  • Foster Care provider's licensed over 5 years are required to attend at least 6 hours of training a year.
  • Annual Vulnerable Adult law training

Am I responsible for residents' medical bills?

No. The foster care rate covers room and board, three nutritious meals and snacks daily and supervision. Medical and dental costs are covered through medical assistance or other insurance of the resident.


Licensing Laws

Adult foster care licensing rules are defined by the Minnesota Department of Human Services for the State of Minnesota.

Current Provider Forms

Caregiver Training Record - used to keep track of your training hours

Fire and Storm Drill Log - for recording dates when provider conducted drills

Incident Report - use this form to report an accident or injury

Variance Request - to be used when requesting a variance from the rules

Adult Re-License Form - to be used upon re-licensing

Resident Placement Packet (ZIP file)

Contact Us

Sarah Sherwood: (320) 968-5111 or