Child Foster Care


Foster parents provide a temporary home for children when they cannot remain in their own home. Care is given until their own 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, and work well with others in a team effort. Foster parents receive a financial reimbursement to care for the needs of children.

Children placed in foster care also have health insurance coverage at no cost to the foster family. During the application process, a potential foster family will need to have a criminal background check, 3 letters from references, a home study, a fire and safety check of the home and discussion of state foster care guidelines and standards.

To apply for a foster care license, a person must be 21 years of age and reside in Wadena County. Additional foster homes are always needed, particularly homes that are able to effectively parent teenagers.


If you are interested in applying to become a foster parent please review our inquiry letter. Once you have reviewed our inquiry letter, complete all three forms listed below and turn in to Wadena County Human Services Child Foster Care Licensing. Forms can be dropped off at our Human Services building, mailed in or e-mailed to

  1.      Inquiry Letter
  2.       Minnesota Adoption and Child Foster Care Application (DHS-4258A)
  3.      BGS FORM
  4.       Minnesota Adoption and Foster Care Individual Fact Sheet (DHS-4258B)

 If you are interested in applying to become a foster parent and would like someone to discuss the foster care program with you, please contact Amelia Hutson at 218-632-8463