Help & Support

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A Community That Cares

Caring for foster children in Anoka County requires a license. Anoka County staff work with foster parents before and after placement. Our staff helps foster parents determine the age, appropriate sex, and needs of the children who could be placed in their home.  However, foster parents make the final decision about children for whom they care.

Orientation Meeting

Staff continues to support foster parents throughout their foster parenting. Anoka County also provides information meetings and ongoing training. The first step toward becoming a licensed foster parent is to register for and attend an Orientation meeting. At the Orientation meeting, staff provides potential foster parents with the details they need to know in order to determine whether foster parenting is for them. Staff are also available to answer questions.  Child Foster Care Orientation.

Financial Support

Although foster parents are not paid, they are reimbursed at an established rate for food, clothing, and supplies. Medical, dental, and therapy are covered for children in foster care.

Social workers, foster parent trainers, and health care professionals are also available as resources to help both foster parents and children adapt and flourish. In addition, Anoka County has a number of support groups who have meetings where foster providers can talk with others who are also caring for foster children.

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New Parents

Free information meetings are held at regular intervals for potential foster care providers. An information meeting is the initial step in the qualifying process for foster parents. This meeting helps potential foster parents determine whether they want to apply to become foster parents. The meeting lasts about two hours and is for both parents if the household has two parents. The meeting is not suitable for children.

Licensed Foster Parents

To help foster parents who are already licensed meet the challenges of raising children and to meet annual training requirements, Anoka County provides scheduled training. Most training is offered free of charge. See schedule and register for training.

Support Groups

Open Home Support Group

Support group for licensed open home providers is held every Second Tuesday of the month. For the summer we will be meeting from 11:00 -12:30 am at John Ward Park (Rocket Park), 2400 forest Ave, Anoka, MN 55303. Please RSVP for group if you will need childcare, 763-324-1230.

Kinship Home Support Group

Support group for Kinship foster providers is held every 3rd Tuesday of the month from 10:00am - 11:30am at Advent Lutheran Church, 540 East River Road, Anoka, MN 55303. Please RSVP to Sandy Ackerman 763-323-5952.