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Child Foster Care

Foster Parents Make a Difference

mom and sonThe children and teens in foster care are culturally diverse. They come from all areas of the county. Our most popular need is homes for teenagers and sibling groups.

Ramsey County licenses, monitors and supports foster homes.  We cannot license homes outside of Ramsey County. If you live outside of this county, check with your local department of social services for information. More About Being a Foster Parent

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent,
please call 651-266 KIDS (5437) and press "1"


New Child Foster Care License Orientation and Training Attendance Rules

  • Registration is required for orientation and training sessions.  Please call 651-266-5437 to register.
  • Please note that participants arriving 15 minutes beyond the start time of the training or orientation session may not be allowed attendance. 
  • Cancellation Policy:  If school and after school activities are closed due to inclement weather, our training/orientation is cancelled also.
  • Cancellations for reasons other than the weather are posted on Ramsey County's Child Foster Care web page and the Child Foster Care phone registration line.
  • Children are not allowed to attend the training or orientation session(s).

New Provider Training

May - December Intro and Orientation to Foster Care (pdf)May - Dec Intro and Orientation to Foster Care Classes (Word) | To learn more or register call 651-266-5437

Ramsey county offers 3 mandated classes and 12 pre-service modules for new Families. You must attend the Introduction and the Orientation BEFORE attending new provider classes.
New Provider Class Descriptions  | To learn more or register call 651-266-5437 Training phone number: 651-266-4123

Current Foster Care Provider Families

Next Training Sessions: Bigelow Building, 450 N Syndicate (by Target):

Concurrent Permanency Planning | May 27, 2015 | 6-9:30 p.m.
Child Passenger Restraints/Car seats | June 3, 2015 | 6-9:30 pm

On-Going Training Schedule and Class Descriptions for Licensed Families 
Online On-Going Training


Foster Care Provider Resources

Adolescent Living Services

Ramsey County ALS helps teens and young adults (16-21) who have been in foster care to transition to independent living. | Learn more ALS

Adopting Foster Children

Ramsey County helps adults make Permanent Connections with children and teens in foster care who are waiting to be adopted. | AdoptionLearn about Waiting Children & Teens

MN DHS Foster Care Resources

DHS Foster care | Application Form | Supplementary Fact Sheet | Parenting Kin Booklet
Education Training Voucher help for foster youth to attend college.

Additional Foster Care Resource Agencies

Contact Foster Care to learn more about Ramsey County Foster Care, call our intake number at 651-266-5437, or e-mail: Include your name, home address and a phone number where we can reach you between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm.