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Types of Foster Care

General Child Foster Care: Families who are willing to open their home to children who are unknown to them. Families may take one child, sibling groups, or children from multiple families. Placements generally last between 3- 9 months. When reunification is not possible, foster families can be an option for permanancy. 

Respite Foster Care: This program relieves birth parents and foster parents for a specific relief period, often one or two weekends a month.

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Contact: Jessie Schunk 218-749-9793 or toll-free 800-450-9777 x7793 or

Minnesota Rules for Foster Family Settings - Minnesota Administrative Rules Chapter 2960 covers the Licensure and Certification of Programs for Children. Parts 2960.3000 to 2960.3100 establish the minimum standards that a foster family setting must meet to qualify for licensure. Parts 2960.3200 to  2960.3230 contain requirements for foster residence settings. Additional licensing requirements for foster family settings that offer treatment foster care are in parts 2960.3300 to 2960.3340.