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Beltrami County Social Services

Foster Care Licensing

Child foster care homes are utilized when children cannot live with their own families. Children typically enter foster care due to neglect, abuse, a family crisis or the child's behaviors in the home. Foster parents provide a safe, consistent, nurturing and stable living environment for these children until they can be safely returned to their families. Additional foster homes are always needed, particularly homes that can effectively parent teenagers or have the ability to take in and parent sibling groups. 

A Foster Parent's Role

Foster parents provide a temporary home for children when they cannot remain in their own home. Foster parents provide care to children until the parents can resume this responsibility or until a permanent plan is made with relative or adoptive parents. Foster parents need to be caring and stable as they will be helping children through a difficult time in their lives. Foster parents must be able to provide for their own family's financial needs, be good listeners, flexible, have a good sense of humor and work well with others in a team effort. Foster parents receive a financial reimbursement to care for the needs of children. 

More Information

We hope the information below will assist you in determining your next steps in becoming a foster parent. 

If you reside with another adult who will be in a caregiving role, both of you will be considered applicants and shall be involved in all aspects of the licensing processes. 

Contact Us

Child Foster Care
616 America Ave NW
Bemidji, MN 56601

Phone: 218-333-8245

Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
Mon - Fri

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