Traditional Adult Foster Care
A licensed, sheltered living arrangement in a family home for up to four adults who live with a disability that makes it difficult for them to live alone. Adult Foster Care homes provide room, board (food), supervision, protection and household services. They also may be expected to assist with medication, manage money and personal cares, and some transportation.
Adult Foster Care supports the concept that adults that live with a disability should be given the opportunity to participate fully in community life by living, working and socializing in the community. Adult Foster Care homes enable adults to develop close personal relationships at home and in the community.
The primary goal is to offer an environment where optimal independence is possible. Adult Foster Care homes provide a warm and caring environment where adults are encouraged to participate in outside activities — attending school, jobs or social events — in order to live active and purposeful lives. Adults living with disabilities are given the opportunity to maintain a sense of dignity and self-worth.
Adult Foster Care homes may provide care for a few days or weeks or up to a number of years, depending on the needs of the person living in their home. The provider receives a monthly reimbursement for services. Due to the unpredictable nature of foster care, some providers continue to work outside of the home — even as a licensed provider.
Corporate Adult Foster Care
In 2012, Minnesota put a moratorium on new corporate adult foster care development. Therefore, the County is not able to develop any new corporate homes at this time. Corporate AFC is where the license holder does not live in the home and is not the primary caregiver. Instead, staff generally provide the services.