Social Services - Children's Services

Foster Care Licensing

Foster care homes are utilized when a child(ren) cannot live with their own families.  Children typically enter foster care due to neglect, abuse, or a family crisis or the child’s acting out at home.  Foster parents provide a safe, consistent, nurturing and stable living environment for these children until they can be safely returned to their families.

Beltrami County Health and Human Services licenses, monitors and supports foster families.  The licensing process includes:

Adam Walsh Background Studies
Fire Marshal's Inspection
Orientation and Training
Well Water Testing
Home Study
Reference Checks, etc.

Requirements to be a licensed provider include:

Applicant(s) must be at least 21 years of age
Applicant(s) must reside in Beltrami County
Applicant(s) and adult household members must be free of chemical use problems for the past two years
Applicant(s) need to have sufficient income to meet their own needs
Applicant(s) and household members 13 years of age and over must pass a background check
Applicant(s) should be one year from a major life change such as a marriage, divorce, birth of a first child or a significant loss, etc.

Foster Care homes are licensed according to Minnesota laws. For more information, see the Minnesota Statutes, Session Laws and Rules (Child Foster Care Rule 2960.3000-2960.3300) or see the entire Human Services Licensing Act and search for Chapter 245 a.c.

If you are interested in becoming a foster family for a child or sibling group, please complete the following forms and submit to one of the licensors listed below:

Minnesota Adoption and Child Foster Care Application

Adoption and Foster Care Individual Fact Sheet for household members age 18 and over.

Background Data Collection Form for household members age 13 and over.

Licensors with Beltrami County
  Robin Schmidt
Amber Fuller
Training Links

Introduction to Children's Mental Health

Normalcy & Reasonable & Prudent Parenting Standard

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

SUIDS/AHT (Sudden & Unexplained Infant Death/Abusive Head Trama)