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Become A Foster Parent

Join our network of dedicated individuals offering relationship stability, comfort, and safety for children within our community.


Benefits of getting licensed for foster care through St. David’s Center:

  1. Ease of access to potential wrap-around services within St. David’s Center such as pediatric therapies, children’s mental health services, early childhood education, and autism services.
  2. Experienced staff available for 24/7 on-call guidance and support.
  3. Access to free training annually through St David’s Center and our partnership with Quality Parenting Initiative (QPI-MN.) St. David’s Center foster parents also have access to funds to cover the cost of relevant community trainings.
  4. Individualized care coordination and support while a child is in your home. Our staff work with fewer families and children at a time than some other providers, which allows for us to be responsive to the child’s needs as well as your family’s needs, respond to crises or difficult situations quickly, and offer consideration for specific family needs.
  5. Access to a community of other foster parents as a source of support and fun planned events for the community.
  6. Financial reimbursement
  7. Support for not only the child(ren) in your home, but for you as the foster parent – because your family’s health and wellbeing matter to us!

Your Foster Parenting Journey

Prospective parents must attend an informational meeting prior to starting the licensing process. The licensing process consists of completing a background study, a home study, and 30 hours of initial training. In general, the licensing process takes three to six months to complete.

Initial Foster Care Licensing Process:

  1. Attend a virtual informational session to learn more about what it looks like to be a foster parent and to understand the process of becoming licensed.
  2. Complete an application and background study with fingerprinting.
  3. Meet with your licensor to complete licensing paperwork and a home study assessment. There are typically two to three meetings held for one to two hours each.
  4. Throughout the licensing process, complete 18 hours of initial preservice training.
  5. Once your license is active, you will work with the foster care team to be matched with a child/youth in need of respite or long term care.

*Our foster homes are located within one hour of our Minnetonka campus.

Register for an informational meeting to learn more by using the form below.

Informational meetings are a chance to learn more about the process of becoming a licensed foster parent. All informational meetings are being held via video conferencing and can be scheduled at a time that works best for you. Use the form below to contact our team to learn more about becoming a foster parent or send an email to We look forward to hearing from you.
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