If you have a child that is placed in foster care, Dakota County Social Services will provide the Collections office with the cost of the foster care service.
Your case will be assigned a collections caseworker to gather the information needed to determine how much you must pay the county for foster care services. The amount you will be asked to pay is decided by reviewing your income information. The caseworker will send you a list of documents that we need to make the decision.
If you feel you cannot pay the amount of the bill you can request a waiver form from your caseworker. If you make this request the county will:
- Bring your case to a review team to consider new information you provide
- Decide if the fee should stay the same or be reduced
Set up a payment plan
You can ask your caseworker to set up a monthly payment plan or pay the full amount. If you request a payment plan, you can make the payment by check, credit card or automatic withdrawal from a bank account. A billing statement will be sent to you each month.
If you have questions, you should call the assigned worker.