Licensing: Family Child Care and Adult and Child Foster Care
Family Child Foster Care
County “foster care” means twenty-four hour substitute care for children placed away from their parents or guardians for whom a responsible social services agency has placement and care responsibility. This placement responsibility comes from a Court Order, Law Enforcement Hold Order, or Voluntary Placement Agreement. The intention of county foster care is to provide a safe environment for children while professionals work with the family to address the concerns that lead to the need for foster care. The ultimate goal is for the children to return home (also referred to as reunification). If reunification is not possible, the applicable social services agency will seek permanent placement options for the children through adoption or a permanent transfer of custody.
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Traditional Adult Foster Care/ Corporate Foster Care for Adults and Children
Adult Foster care is a licensed sheltered living arrangement for adults who have special needs or impairments that makes it impossible for them to live alone. This might include people who have physical, emotional or developmental impairments. Adult foster care homes provide five basic services: room, board, supervision, protection, and assistance with money management and personal care. Corporate Adult and Child foster care refers to settings in which the license holder is a corporation rather than an individual. The primary care givers are shift-staff rather than one primary care giver who live in the home as in the traditional model.
Adult Foster Care
Adult Foster Care (AFC) means the provision of food, lodging, protection, supervision and household services to a functionally impaired adult in a residence. AFC services may also include the provision of personal care, household and living skills assistance or training, medication assistance and assistance safeguarding cash resources. There are two types of Adult Foster Care (AFC) – family AFC and corporate AFC. An AFC home is considered a family AFC when the license holder lives in the home. An AFC home is considered corporate AFC when the license holder does not live in the home. Currently there is a moratorium (ban) on the development of corporate AFC homes unless certain exceptions are met. This means that no new licenses may be issued for a physical location that will not be the primary residence of the license holder for the entire period of licensure. Kandiyohi County will accept applications for family AFC homes at any time, however, placements are not guaranteed. In addition, placements are not likely for newly licensed homes unless the license holder has extensive experience and skill working with individuals with disabilities.
Overview of Adult Foster Care
Adult Foster Care (AFC) is a licensed, sheltered living arrangement for up to four adults with special needs, adults unable to live alone due to their functional impairments. An adult foster care license holder may have a maximum license capacity of five if all persons in care are 55 or over and do not have a serious and persistent mental illness or a developmental disability. AFC providers receive a monthly payment for the services they provide. This payment is made up of two parts: “room & board” and “services”.
Room and Board
This payment may come directly from the AFC resident, or if eligible, a Group Residential Housing grant can assist the AFC resident with some or all of the payment. As of July 1, 2013, the rate is $877 per month. Services If the AFC resident has a county social worker or case manager, a Difficulty of Care rate will be determined according to the level of services that the AFC provider will need to provide to the AFC resident. The maximum amount allowed at this time is $459.85. Many AFC providers accept private pay AFC residents. These AFC residents are not receiving funding through the county because they do not qualify due to their assets or their families choose to pay for the AFC placement. The rate for services provided to the AFC residents is determined by the AFC provider and the AFC resident/family/legal guardian.