Child Foster Care - Becoming a Provider

The first step in becoming a child foster care provider is to submit an e-mail requesting an electronic informational packet.  If you do not have e-mail access or have additional questions, please contact Marisa Ferguson at 763-682-7484 or e-mail

The second step is to attend both Orientation I and II to learn more about the program and further steps to licensure.

Steps of Initial Licensing Process

Child Foster Care

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do I have to live in Wright County?
Yes. For Wright County to license you as a foster care provider, you must live in Wright County.

Do I have to live in a house?
No. Apartments, condominiums, or mobile homes can be options.

Do I have to be married?

Can I be a single parent?

How old do I need to be?
To provide child foster care, you must be 21 years of age or older.

Can I work outside of my home?

Who pays for the child's medical expenses?
All medical and dental expenses are provided for the child through the county or private insurance.

Who provides transportation to clients for appointments?
The foster parent is expected to provide all needed transportation. Some programs exist to help defray expenses for travel to medical appointments.

Can a foster child share a bedroom with my child?
Yes. Bedrooms may be shared, but each child needs their own bed.

How long do foster children stay in foster homes?
Foster care varies in length depending on the child and his/her parents' circumstances.

Can I adopt a foster child?
There are circumstances in which a foster child could become available for adoption; however, many other factors are considered before this option is considered.

Will I be paid for taking care of a foster child?
Foster care providers receive reimbursement based on each child’s needs and the level of care they require.

Are family foster care payments taxable income?
Generally, foster care payments are not taxable. However, you may want to check with your tax consultant regarding your individual circumstances.


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