Foster Care Licensing

County Foster Homes
Otter Tail County Human Services is responsible for the licensing of foster homes located in the county. Additional foster homes are always needed, particularly homes that are able to effectively parent teenagers.

Foster Parent Responsibilities
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, 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.

Foster Care Home Study
A home study is conducted to help determine a person’s suitability to provide foster care. The home study includes a criminal background study, letters from references, 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 Otter Tail County.

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