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Child Foster Care Licensing

Tel: (320) 634-7755
Fax: (320) 634-0164
Email: Human Services
211 East Minnesota Avenue, Suite 200, Glenwood, MN 56334
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Child Foster Care application process:

  1. To begin the child foster care licensing process, complete and return the forms listed below. Forms are available from the Pope County website or on the links below. Please contact Sarah Boll, Licensor, if you have questions on filling out the forms or need additional forms.

    • Family Systems License Application. To be completed by applicant(s). (Please note that the last page must be notarized with a separate sheet for each applicant).

    • Individual Fact Sheets. To be completed by the applicant(s) and all household members 18 years of age and older. (Please note that all questions must be answered in a sentence format as NA or “none” cannot be accepted as answers).

    • Background Study: Each household member, 13 years of age and older, is required to obtain an Adam Walsh background study by the State of Minnesota. Please complete one form per person. Please complete the CFC/AFC/FADS BGS Data Collection Form and submit to Pope County Human Services with a copy of your photo ID. Background Study Form  Background Study Privacy Notice Once the agency has obtained a temporary license number for your family from the Department of Human Services, Pope County Human Services will enter your information into the Netstudy 2.0 background study system. Once your information is submitted, you will be contacted by this agency and provided the Fingerprint Authorization Form. You will have 14 days for all household members 18 years of age and older to complete your fingerprints at one of the local 3M Cogent stations. The fingerprint locations throughout Minnesota can be found at this link: https://cogentid.3m.com/mn/Maps/MNFingerprintLocations.htm

    • Notice of Privacy Practices. To be reviewed and signed by all household members receiving a background study.

  2. Fingerprints, Home Visits & Interviews:

  3. Pope County Human Services will process your Adam Walsh Background Study once received by this agency. You will also be contacted by the licensor to schedule a home visit to go through the home safety checklist (listed below) with you. For additional information review the single family dwelling, child, and adult foster care information sheet from the Minnesota State Department of Public Safety Fire Marshal (listed below). We will also conduct interviews with your family in order to get to know you and share further information about child foster care. This whole process is called a home study and is required by the Minnesota Foster Care Rule and the Department of Human Services.
  4. Completing the Application:

  5. To continue the process, complete all remaining forms discussed in the home visits and submit to the licensor.

    Remaining Forms:
    • Discipline Policy: Every foster home must have a policy that prohibits corporal punishment and must follow statutory requirements for discipline. Use this form to document your own discipline techniques and methods. License holders, employees, subcontractors and volunteers must be trained in the discipline policy at your licensed home. You are required to keep a copy of this policy in your home also. You may use the sample form for reference. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/licensing/documents/pub/dhs16_169969.pdf

    • Complaint / Grievance Procedure Form: Every foster home in Pope County is required to have a program grievance procedure that permits persons served by the program and their authorized representatives to bring a grievance to the highest level of authority in the program. You are required to keep a copy of this policy in your home. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/licensing/documents/pub/dhs16_168251.pdf

    • Alcohol and Drug Use Policy: Every foster home must have a policy that prohibits license holders, employees, subcontractors and volunteers, when directly responsible for person served by the program, from abusing prescription medication or being in any manner under the influence of a chemical that impairs the individual’s ability to provide services or care. All of these individuals must be trained on this policy. You are required to keep a copy of this policy in your home also. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/licensing/documents/pub/dhs16_168250.pdf

    • Furnace Inspection Form: This form will need to be completed by a licensed heating contractor when you have your furnace inspected. There is a fee for this and you will need to pay this. Pope County Human Services does not reimburse for this fee. Furnace Safety Inspection Form

    • Well Water Test: If you do not have an approved municipal water system, your well water will need to be tested for total coliforms (indicators of bacterial pollution) and nitrate nitrogen (704C on the test kit form). This test will need to be completed annually and there is a fee for this. Pope County Human Services does not reimburse for this fee. Well test kits can be picked up at Pope County Human Services.

    • Pet Shot Records: Please provide a copy of pet shot records for each of your pets.

    • Agreement Between Foster Parent and Placement Agency https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Public/DHS-0139-ENG

    • Home Safety Checklist: This will be completed during a home visit with your licensor.
      http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/county_access/documents/pub/dhs16_193585.pdf

    • Floor and Escape Plan: This form assists an applicant in meeting the requirement of emergency procedures being planned, written and posted in the home. The floor plan must be posted in your home and we need a copy of the plan. https://edocs.dhs.state.mn.us/lfserver/Legacy/DHS-2720-ENG

    • Follow all requirements in the Family Child Foster Care Licensing Checklist. http://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/groups/county_access/documents/pub/dhs16_143457.pdf

  6. Complete the Required Training

  7. You will be required to complete 12 hours of training before you will be licensed. The training requirements will be explained during the home study process and home visits with your licensor. Your licensor will provide a Training Tracking Log to help you ensure that you are completing your required trainings.

    Required Trainings:
    • SUID (Sudden Unexplained Infant Death)/AHT (Abusive Head Trauma) Training. Foster Parents who care for children under the age of five are required to have SUID/AHT Training. One option to complete the trainings is to log on to Child Care Aware. To receive credit for completing these two trainings a certificate must be obtained from the website and provided to your licensor for documentation.

    • Foster Parents who care for children under the age of nine are required to have a three hour training on Child Passenger Restraint Systems from a certified child passenger safety technician. Anyone transporting the foster child must have this training. A schedule of car seat training classes will be provided to the applicant once an application is made. This training must be updated every five years.

    • Foster Parents are required to have two hours of mental health training before becoming licensed. They are then required to have one of the 12 hours of ongoing training be mental health related.

    • Normalcy and Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standards Training must be taken by all new applicants. Please complete the quiz and return to the licensor. Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Website Information

    • Pope County Child Foster Care Orientation Manual. This can be requested from your licensor and will be explained at your home visit. Please complete the quiz at the end of each chapter and return to your licensor.

    • Foster Parents are required to take one hour of training on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in the first 12 months after receiving their license. They are also required to complete one hour of annual training related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Websites for Training:

The licensing process takes approximately four months depending on how quickly the necessary verifications are returned to our office. The agency shall forward its licensure recommendation to the commissioner within 20 working days after an application is completed.

Please feel free to contact the Licensor, Sarah Boll, at 320.634.7781 or sarah.boll@co.pope.mn.us if you have any questions regarding Child Foster Care Licensing. Thank you for your interest in Child Foster Care!
Human Services Director
Nicole Names

Social Services Supervisor
Phyllis Reller

Child Support & Financial Assistance Supervisor
Paula Hoverud
(320) 634-7700 - Pope County Courthouse - 130 E. Minnesota Avenue - Glenwood, MN 56334
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