Adult Foster Care

A Licensed Arrangement

Adult foster care is a licensed living arrangement in a private home that provides food, lodging, supervision and household services for qualified individuals. Also available is help with personal care and medication. Adult foster care providers are primary caregivers for adults who cannot live alone. Caregivers are licensed by the Minnesota Department of Human services through Anoka County.

The Anoka County Adult Foster Care Licensing Unit supports safe foster care and promotes care of disabled adults in a manner that encourages their highest level of functioning. County licensing staff is responsible for licensing and monitoring adult foster care providers within Anoka County according to Minnesota law.

What To Expect

When adults are physically or mentally impaired and need 24-hour care, the Anoka County Adult Foster Care program may be an excellent option. Foster Care can also help the elderly, mentally ill, and developmentally disabled stay in the community when they cannot live alone.

Besides providing a bedroom and meals, you can expect that providers will supervise and help with personal care like dressing and bathing; do laundry; and support attendance at day programming, work or school. If needed, providers will also help with medications, budgeting, transportation or other tasks. Providers encourage self reliance, yet help when tasks are too difficult.

Benefits of Adult Foster Care

The benefits to providers may include

  • Most importantly, the feeling of satisfaction you’ll get when you make a difference in someone’s life
  • Largely tax free financial compensation
  • Agency sponsored free training

Who Qualifies

Qualifications for Living in Adult Foster Care

  • Adults age 18 or older, who agree to placement in an adult foster care home
  • Does not require hospitalization or care in another type of medical or psychiatric facility
  • Is recommended for placement by a social worker or public health nurse through an assessment process.
  • Does not display suicidal or homicidal tendencies, or exhibit violent or aggressive behavior that cannot be managed in a foster care setting
  • Has a source of payment for care

Adults who benefit most from foster care are those who need help with everyday personal care due to developmental delay, mental illness, physical disability, or aging. However, those who qualify for foster care do not need institutional care, such as provided by a nursing home or hospital. They are capable of living in the community.

For more information about residents’ qualifications call Adult Foster Care at 763-324-1230.