Child Foster Care

Department Overview

Family foster care homes in Rice County provide a wide range of child care services for at-risk children from birth through the age of eighteen years. Services may include traditional foster care, emergency shelter care, and respite (relief) care for children with special needs.

Foster parents are people who are concerned about the well-being of children. Foster parents may provide temporary substitute care for children who continue to live with their family. They provide substitute care for longer periods in the event that the children cannot remain in their homes. In some situations, foster parents may become guardians or adoptive parents to the children in their care. Foster parents enjoy a sense of satisfaction in helping families in need. Their services for children strengthen community networks.

Why Do Children Need Foster Care?

Most children come into foster care because of family problems. All children in foster care need special help from their foster parents in the areas of emotional, behavioral, and special needs. Families of children with special needs may also require periods of respite (relief) care. Children and their families may exhibit characteristics of the following:
  • Chemical (alcohol / drug) Dependency
  • Mental/Emotional / Physical Disabilities
  • Abuse or Neglect
  • Parent / Child Conflicts

Rice County

Across Rice County, our licensed foster parents open up their homes and hearts to youth who have been separated from their biological families due to abuse, abandonment or neglect. Foster parents play a huge role in providing love and support and a lasting presence in the lives of these children who have endured a great deal of hardship.

Rice County is proud to recognize and thank our incredible foster parents for making a difference in the lives of children!

Are you interested in learning more about becoming a licensed foster care provider? Rice County has the need for additional homes. Foster Care can be short term to long term care. Foster parents also provide occasional respite for children (pre-arranged scheduled breaks for children/families); you can obtain licensure specifically for this type of care. Additionally, there is a great need to find additional homes for short and long term care for children 13-18 years of age.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact either Cheryl Marek or Katie Anderson, Child Foster Care Licensors, at Rice County Social Services at 507-332-6115.

Child Foster Care Rules & Regulations

MN Statute, Chapter 245A (Human Services Licensing Act)
MN Rules 296010 to 2960.3340 (Licensure & Certification of Certain Programs for Children)
MN Rule 4 (Licensing of Facilities for Children)
MN Rule 13 (Licensure of Programs)

Mandatory Training Links

Child and Restraint Systems Training (CARS) – Required initially with license and every 5 years

Note: Please sign up directly under this link. All classes are held in-person at the AAA Building in Burnsville. Classes are 3 hours in length and have a cost of $25 p/p.

Address for training is:
600 W Travelers Trail, Burnsville, MN 55337

Children’s Mental Health Link (required for initial license)
   --Training certificate
Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parent Standard Training (required prior to license)
   --Training certificate
Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (required yearly after initial licensure)
   --Training certificate
Sudden Unexpected Infant Death/Abusive Head Trauma  - (Required initially with license and every 5 years)
   --Training certificate