How to Become Licensed

Licensing Requirements 

 Potential foster and adoptive parents go through a similar process to be licensed and approved. Minnesota requires foster parents to meet licensing prior to placement. Potential Adult Foster Care Providers go through a licensing process with Le Sueur County and then may need to determine if they would like to obtain additional licensing through the State of Minnesota. This additional licensing would allow them to be able to provide and be paid for certain Waivered Services for the adults placed in their homes.  

Step 1: Make a Call

After reviewing the information here, the next step is to make a call to Le Sueur County  at 507-357-8288 and ask to speak with a foster care licensor to set up an in-person meeting to discuss your interest and any questions. If after talking with a foster care licensor you decide you would like to proceed with the licensing process, then you can request an application packet.

Step 2: Complete the Application & Fact Sheet

 Complete all the documents in the application packet and return them to Le Sueur County Foster Care Licensing. When the documents are returned to the agency, a Licensing Worker will be assigned to work with you through the licensing process.

Step 3: Initiate a Background Study

 Le Sueur County will assist you to get fingerprints for the individuals in your home who are age 18 and over for the background study. Background studies are conducted by the Minnesota Department of Human Service. These background checks include social services, juvenile and adult court records.

Step 4: Open Home for Visit & Study

 A licensing social worker will schedule a series of interviews with you and your family members to walk through and explain the licensing process.

Step 5: Participate in Training

A licensing social worker will inform you of the required training to obtain your license and any recommended training. For Adult Foster Care, there is required training on Vulnerable Adults and being a Mandated Reporter.

Step 6: Receive Foster Care License

 The foster care licensing process currently takes about 4 to 6 months, depending on your schedule. Once all the licensing requirements are met, your Licensing Worker will recommend you for foster care licensure to the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

For More Information

 For more information, please contact the Le Sueur County Foster Care licensor at 507-357-8110.