Foster Parents Make a Difference
The 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.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent,
please call 651-266 KIDS (5437) and press "1"
Information about Educational Training Vouchers was recently updated
Caring for Children Who Have Experienced Trauma (Gregory Keck and Anne Gearity)
Promoting Survival in Traumatized Children and Families: Raising the Standard in Effective Interventions
Friday, May 17, 2013 (A Day for Professionals) | Cost $25-55
Promoting Survival in Traumatized Children and Families: Helping Children “Still Believe”
Saturday, May 18, 2013 (A Day for Adoptive, Foster, & Kinship Parents)Location: Marriott Hotel, St Louis Park | Cost $25-55
Beyond Consequences: Helping Families Heal (Heather Forbes)
This course offers effective options for children and families that go beyond traditional cognitive behavioral techniques in order to create healing homes for families with wounded children.
Saturday June 1, 2013 | Location: Radison Blu Hotel, Bloomington, MN | Cost $25-55
For more information about either event, call 612.861.7115 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring for Children May 17-18 (pdf) | Beyond Consequences June 3 (pdf)
Foster Care providers
Learn the Basics
Attend an information meeting. Learn about foster care in Ramsey county, ask questions, and receive an application form.
Learn More 2013 Introduction to Foster Care Meetings To register: call 651-266-5437
Ramsey county provides 3 mandated classes and 12 recommended pre-service modules for new Families.
New Provider Class Descriptions Training phone number: 651-266-4123
On Going Training and Resources
Please attend these recommended trainings (some are mandated) to retain your foster care license.
On Going Training Schedule Class Descriptions Printable Brochure Training phone number: 651-266-4123
Foster Care Resources
Adolescent Living Skills
A variety of Ramsey County services are offered to help teens and young adults (16-21) 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.
Learn how to adopt Learn about Waiting Children & Teens
Educational Training Vouchers
The ETV programs provide money to eligible teens and young adults who attend college. Help may include tuition and books; room and board; computer; transportation; childcare costs and more. The Minnesota Department of Human Services administers this program and sets application deadlines. For more information, visit the DHS ETV website.
Relatives and kin interested in being a foster parent can learn more from this 18 page booklet.
Learn about Parenting Kin
MN DHS Foster Care Resources
The Minnesota Department of Human Resources provides helpful information at their websites.
Learn more Application Form Supplementary Fact Sheet
Find state and national organizations for foster care and adoptive parents.
Learn more about Foster Care Organizations
Contact Foster Care
To learn more about Ramsey County Foster Care, call our intake phone number at 651-266-5437, or e-mail: AskChildFosterCare@co.ramsey.mn.us. Include your name, home address and a phone number where we can reach you between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.