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.


  • The license holder must be at least 18 years old, live in the home, and the home must be in Benton County.
  • You must complete orientation, including training in vulnerable adult law, and be willing to participate in annual training. 
  • You, as the license holder, must pass a background study as well as any other adults or children age 13 years old or older residing in the home.
  • 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.
  • Additional requirements will be addressed during orientation and with your assigned licensing worker once an application is received. 

If you are interested in pursuing foster care licensing or have more questions, please contact Sarah Sherwood at 320-968-5111 or

Licensing Laws

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

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