Adult foster cares are licensed, sheltered living arrangements in a home for up to four adults who live with a disability that makes it difficult for them to live alone. Adult foster cares provide room, food, supervision, protection and household services. They also may be expected to assist with medication, manage money and personal cares, and provide transportation.
This service supports the concept that older adults or those living with a disability should be given the opportunity to participate fully in community life by living, working and socializing in the community.
Family Adult Foster Care
Family Adult Foster Care is when the licensed home is the primary residence of the license holder and the license holder is the primary caregiver.
Family 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.
Homes may provide short-term care for respite or emergency situations or they may provide care to someone for several years, depending on the needs of the person.
Some Family Adult Foster Care providers are licensed to provide Home and Community Based Services under Minnesota Statute 245D. This license is issued by the Minnesota Department of Human Services.
Corporate Adult Foster Care or Community Residential Setting
Corporate Adult Foster Care and Community Residential Settings provide ongoing residential care and supportive services. These services are based on the person's needs as identified in their support plan.
The license holder does not live on-site. Instead, care is provided by paid staff working in shifts on a 24-hour basis.
Corporate Adult Foster Care settings serve individuals 55 and older. Community Residential Settings (CRS) serve adults under 65 with disabilities who meet additional eligibility criteria.
In 2009, the state established a moratorium on all types of newly licensed corporate foster care, including Corporate Adult Foster Care and Community Residential Settings. The moratorium is still in in effect. Therefore, Dakota County does not license new sites at the request of providers. For more information, see the Department of Human Services website.