Step 1: Contact Dakota County
Contact Dakota County Adult Foster Care at 651-554- 6686 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Leave your name, address, phone number and email address. You will receive an invite to the next Adult Foster Care Informational Meeting, which is offered four times a year. The schedule for 2017 is March 2, June 1, Sept. 7 and Dec. 7 from 10–11:30 a.m. at the Northern Service Center in West St. Paul, Room 520.
Step 2: Attend a meeting
Attend an informational meeting and make a thoughtful and informed decision about whether Adult Foster Care is the right fit for you.
Step 3: Complete paperwork from informational meeting
If you chose to continue the licensing process, you will receive a packet of licensing forms at the informational meeting. This includes submitting an online background study through the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Step 4: Return paperwork
Send completed paperwork to Dakota County Social Services AFC, 1 Mendota Road West, Suite 300, West St. Paul, MN 55118.
Step 5: Attend orientation
Once the paperwork is completed, you will be invited to attend an orientation, which is offered twice a year. After orientation, you will receive a second packet of forms, which you will take home and complete. At this time, you will also be assigned a licensor who will work with you or completing the remainder of the licensing process.
Step 6: Fire marshal inspects home
You will be asked to submit a $50money order/cashier’s check for a fire Inspection of your home. Your licensor will then request a fire marshal inspection to make sure the home is safe. You will be asked to provide items such as first aid kit, smoke detectors, fire extinguisher and CO2 detectors.
Step 7: Social worker will complete home visit
When all paperwork, references, cleared backgrounds studies and fire inspection have been completed, your Dakota County licensor will call you to schedule a home visit. Home visits are an opportunity for us to answer any questions and see your home, and for you to share what type of person you are interested in serving in your home.
Step 8: License approval
When all information is completed, the licensing social worker will make a recommendation to the Department of Human Services for approval. DHS will send your license in the mail, but you are considered to be a licensed provider upon submission of the recommendation to DHS.
The licensing process takes 4–6 months from start to finish.