Basics of Foster Care

Foster families provide homes for children whose families are unable to care for them. They are asked to take someone else's child into their home, care for the child and treat the child as a member of their family.

Foster Care is more than having a child or children in your home on a temporary basis. It is an opportunity to work with the child’s biological parents to help build a child’s future. Often children continue to visit their families until they can be reunited. In addition to food, housing, and clothing, they need emotional support, guidance, and, above all, hope.

Types of Foster Care

Foster care services in Anoka County come in several forms to address the specific needs of children and the foster parents who care for them.

Family Foster Care

Treated as family members, these children and teens receive full-time, short- or long-term care.

Kinship Foster Care

Relatives, family friends, and those with a significant relationship may be licensed to provide care.

Respite Care

Respite care provides a break for birth parents or foster parents from caring for children on a scheduled basis.

Concurrent Foster Care / Pre-Adoption Foster Care

Foster parents assist and support reunification with the child’s birth family while committing to provide a permanent home for the child if the child cannot return to the parents or other appropriate family.