Adult foster care licensing resources, forms & training

Find critical forms and information to retain your adult foster care license.

This page offers quick and easy access to frequently accessed documents for all license types, and is your go to source for maintaining your licensure.

Reporting & recordkeeping

    If you witness or suspect that a resident is being maltreated, abused, or neglected, you must call the state reporting line at 844-880-1574. Also, complete an incident report form.

    If a resident is developmentally delayed, mentally ill or elderly, you must report any serious injury or death to the Department of Human Services-Office of the Ombudsman (1-800-657-3591), as well as the case manager, guardian, and your regional licensing specialist.

    Access forms and additional information on the OMHDD website >

    In compliance with Minnesota statute 9555.6175, the following items require reporting to your regional licensing specialist within the specified timeframes:

    • resident death or serious injury, including any that requires medical treatment - immediately with Death/Hospitalization form (PDF)
    • Incident report form (PDF)
    • diagnosis of a resident, caregiver or household member with a communicable disease - immediately
    • fire, storm, or other damage to the home - within 24 hours with Natural Disasters form (PDF)
    • building repair or remodeling that requires a building permit - within 24 hours
    • change in health status of a caregiver that could affect ability to care for a resident - within 24 hours
    • change in the regular membership of the household or caregiver's employment status - within five calendar days
    • transfer or voluntary discharge of a resident - within seven calendar days
    • involuntary discharge of a resident who does not have an individual service plan - at least 30 days before

    You must have written policies and procedures that are reviewed every two years and updated when changes occur. Copies must be provided if requested by your regional licensing specialist.

    For your convenience, sample documents or forms have been provided.

    Training information

      Operators and caregivers must complete an orientation with Sourcewell prior to placement of first resident following initial licensing, as specified by DHS in 9555.5505.

      For additional details on orientation, please see the New Providers & Licensees page.

      In addition to orientation training, each caregiver must complete training designed to meet the needs of residents as outlined below. 

      • caregivers with zero to five years of licensure or experience as an adult foster home caregiver must complete 12 hours training a year

      • caregivers with six or more years of licensure or experience as an adult foster home caregiver must complete six hours training a year

      • caregivers who provide services according to a contract between the operator and the department or service must comply with any additional training requirements stated in the terms of the contract

      The operator of the home must ensure that a record of completed training is maintained.

      Online required training for vulnerable adult mistreatment reporting is available through DHS.

      The following individuals are exempt from the training requirements:

      • caregivers providing no more than 30 cumulative days of foster care in a 12-month period

      • caregivers providing foster care no more than eight hours a week

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      Contact or call 218-895-4120.

      Please include your county of residence in all communications.