Thank you for your interest in the adult foster care at St. Louis County. Licenses fall into two categories. Family or Corporate.
Family adult foster care providers
When elderly people or adults with physical disabilities are no longer able to care for themselves in their own homes, adult foster care may be an option. Adult foster homes are single-family residences that offer 24-hour care in a home-like setting.
Family Providers of adult foster care are responsible for residents' food, lodging, protection, supervision and household services, personal cares, etc.
What are the benefits of becoming an adult foster home licensee?
- Make a difference in the lives of others while making a living in his/her own home;
- Have the satisfaction of operating his/her own business;
- Providing adult foster care is ideal for those who wish to work from home, own their own business and provide personal care and services outside of an institutional setting. (Reminder, there is no guarantee of placements or employment.)
What are the challenges of becoming an adult foster home licensee?
- Loss of privacy with additional people living in the home;
- The death of people they are very attached to and love;
- Lifting, moving or caring for people who are immobile, who fall easily, have problems eating or become incontinent, and have conditions that may not improve; or
- Having to make complex care decisions for residents while respectfully and mindfully working with families, professionals and the resident him or herself, who may have competing interests.
For those who become adult foster home licensees, the advantages can far outweigh the challenges provided your heart is leading the business.
Corporate adult foster care providers
The State of Minnesota has a moratorium on new corporate adult foster care facilities, and has capped the number of homes allowed. Counties cannot grant licenses for corporate applicants unless those providers plan to serve specific clients who meet certain criteria.
You can find information on the moratorium exception process and exception-eligible client development.
The county has no information about when or if the state will lift the moratorium. It would require new action by the state legislature. Occasionally, the county will issue a request for interest for providing corporate adult foster care. These are usually posted on the county's web page.
St. Louis County Purchasing Division utilizes DemandStar, a web-based system for public solicitations, to provide current information to potential providers on our more formal solicitations or requests for proposals (RFPs).
After registering with DemandStar, providers will have greater access to bid opportunities, immediate access to download documents, receive prompt notifications of addenda, bid electronically (e-bid), and have access to a real-time information 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
Prospective providers who are registered with DemandStar are encouraged to update their information through DemandStar, as St. Louis County does not have access to update this information on their behalf.
Choosing family adult foster care allows a person to become part of a family in a family home. This allows residents to participate in family and community life. In family adult foster care, the primary caregiver remains the same for as long as a resident lives in the home, allowing the family to get to know the resident as a whole person.
Persons generally appropriate for family adult foster care
- Will benefit from living in a family setting
- Will be able to maintain activities of daily living, under supervision
- Will need services, Team will develop a treatment plan and the placement agreement
- May have a goal to be involved in day programming, school, are employed, or engaged in some other kind of meaningful daytime activity
- May function at the moderate, mild, or borderline level of developmental disability
- May have emotional or mental health problems for which the person is receiving appropriate treatment but are not acute at time of placement
- May be an elderly person unsafe in their own home and needing a Family Support System
- May have physical limitations or impairments that require limited physical assistance with activities of daily living
- May need and accept some supervision in basic living skills such as hygiene, cooking, or budgeting
- May need support with taking prescribed medication
- May be recovering from chemical dependency and following their recovery plan
Client needs and choices drive placement decisions; “person center planning” leads all home placements. There is no guarantee of resident placements; providers are not employees or agents of the county.
The person centered approach to crisis management is a community collaboration to implement person centered responses to adults experiencing crisis and in need services and supports
Objective: Our overarching goal is to develop a strong community collaboration where each partner in the process provides person centered supports and services people in our community in need:
- Clarifies their role
- Understands each of the other community partner’s roles and appropriately utilizes the services they provide
- Engages in regular communication and feedback
- Implements a standard for person centered responses to Adults in crisis
- Coordinates services to effectively meet the needs of adults in crisis
- Collects, analyzes and shares data to guide improvements in the systems involved (on a regular basis)
- St. Louis County Adult Services
- Law Enforcement (Duluth Police Department and St. Louis County Sheriff’s Department)
- Adult Foster Care Providers
- Hospitals (Essentia and St. Luke’s)
- Birch Tree Center
- Crisis Response Team (CRT)
Recent collaborative meetings have resulted in a Person Centered Incident Matrix intended to guide professionals in our community in our response to individuals in a crisis situation:
Person Centered Incident Matrix Manual (Microsoft Word Document)
Person Centered Incident Matrix (Microsoft Word Document)
In order to foster collaboration and good communication we ask that all Adult Foster Care Providers fill out a Premise Form every year or whenever there is a change in information and submit it to Law Enforcement.
Premise Form (Microsoft Word document)