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Help a child. Heal a family.

Sometimes kids need a safe place to heal while families work through issues. If they can't return home, they need someone to care for them into the future.

It takes a special person to give the gift of a stable childhood. Maybe you're the one.


Get the facts

Foster care and adoption in Hennepin County

Foster care

one thousand five hundred and seventy three

Kids in the foster care system.

ages of kids in foster care

Ages of kids in foster care

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Gender of kids in foster care

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Race and ethnicity of foster kids. 29% identify as more than one race.


one hundred and thirty

Kids waiting for an adoptive family

ages of waiting children

Ages of kids waiting for adoption

forty three percent

Kids who are part of a sibling group that needs to be adopted together

Ways to help

See how people like you have helped kids in our community.

Become a foster family

When kids can’t live with someone they already know, they are matched up with a licensed foster care provider.

Adopt your foster child

People should expect to care for many kids before they have an opportunity to adopt a foster child.

Become an adoptive family

Some kids are ready for adoption now. Most are 10 or older. Some need to stay with siblings. Meet the kids.

Care for a child you know

Kinship placement is when a relative or friend can care for a child. To help a kid you know, call 612-348-5437. 

Look at your life

The life-altering decision to foster or adopt comes with incredible rewards and challenges.

Successful foster and adoptive parents are patient and loving. They are team players and advocates for kids. They can love foster kids and let them go. Or they can commit to the long term and adopt them if they can't go home.



  • Are 21 or older, and financially, emotionally and physically stable
  • Have flexibility at work 
  • Are two years sober if you've had drug or alcohol treatment
  • Agree to a background check

your family

Your family

  • May be just you, or you and a partner or spouse
  • May include your own kids and extended family  
  • Supports your decision to foster or adopt
  • Is both stable and open to change

your home

Your home

  • Is located in Hennepin County
  • Has at least two bedrooms
  • Is near reliable transportation, by car or public transit
  • Can be rented or owned

Get started

Foster care

First, attend an information meeting where you will learn about foster care options and their requirements. This will help you decide if you are ready to take the next steps toward becoming a licensed foster parent.

The information meetings are for families wanting to foster or adopt children unrelated to them. If you are interested in fostering or adopting a child you already know, please call 612-348-5437 and select option 1.

Information meetings

All information meetings are being held virtually at this time.

To register, send an email to hs.foster.care@hennepin.us. Include the first and last name of all adult attendees and the date of the virtual information meeting you want to attend. 

Tuesday, February 9
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 9
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 13
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 11
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

After you register, we'll send you more information and a link to the virtual information meeting.


There are no fees to adopt a child whose parents have lost the right to raise them. A contracted agency will help you through the process.

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Ampersand Families

2515 Wabash Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55114

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Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service 

1605 Eustis Street
Saint Paul, MN 55108

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Nexus Family Healing

5985 Rice Creek Parkway #202
Shoreview, MN 55126

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North Homes

1880 River Road
Grand Rapids, MN 55744


Register for training

View foster care training currently available (PDF)

The new registration system for foster parents of the Hennepin County Foster Care program has started! The new system not only allows you to register for classes, but it also tracks all of your learning. You will need to create a Hennepin Learning Account – the process takes just a few minutes.

To learn about creating your Hennepin Learning Account, email fostercare@hennepin.us. You will need to provide the following information to get the instructions:

  • Your first and last name
  • Name of your Hennepin County Foster Care Licensing Worker

Next steps

After you attend the information session, you can submit the initial foster care paperwork. You will then begin working with a licensor who will meet with you, complete a home safety check, and write your home study. During this process, you will also complete the required background study and additional required paperwork and training.

The licensing process typically takes three to six months to complete. The process can take longer if paperwork or training is incomplete, if you are unavailable for scheduled appointments, or if there is a delay in the background study due to a foster care applicant previously living out of the country or state or having a criminal history. For those who take an emergency placement of a relative child, the expectation is that applicants work with their licensor to complete all requirements and be licensed within 120 days Once you have completed all of your licensing requirements, the county has 20 days to make a recommendation about your license application.