Crow Wing County is seeking residents who wish to provide foster care to adults with disabilities.
The county community services department helps children in need of foster care, but also assists adults with disabilities through foster care placements.
“Foster care is often thought of as a program for only children, however adult family foster care is a needed service in our community to help adults maintain their independence,” said Luke Simonett, social services supervisor, in a news release.
Crow Wing County currently has nine licensed adult family foster homes. The homes provide assistance to adults who are developmentally disabled, physically challenged, mentally ill or elderly.
Adult family foster care takes a person who is willing to share their home with someone with a disability and provide a caring, productive home environment. The adult person may require varying levels of supervision and support. The assistance given to the adult allows them to live in the community and gives them the ability to live a productive and healthy life.
“It’s not a one size fits all, but for some people a family environment providing choice and dignity is the ideal setting,” Simonett said.
The payments received by adult foster care providers vary depending on the particular needs of the adult receiving care. Providers may need to have specialized training and equip their homes to assist certain populations. There are no guarantees that there will be adults placed in the homes immediately. When an adult needs to be placed in foster care, there is a matching process that occurs in coordination with the community services department. Often there is involvement with the adult’s family, social workers, guardians and the adult themselves making the decision of which home would best meet the adult’s needs.
Individuals interested in serving as adult foster care providers are encouraged to contact the county. The licensing process includes an application, background studies on all household members and a home inspection. Applicants must complete training prior to licensing which includes education on mandated reporting and vulnerable adults. Crow Wing County will assist applicants through the licensing process and assist the applicant with obtaining the necessary training prior to becoming licensed. The licensing process generally takes three to four months. For more information on becoming licensed for adult family foster care, call Amanda Crandall, Crow Wing County Foster Care licensor at 822-7015 or visit the Crow Wing County website at www.co.crow-wing.mn.us. w