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Published July 18, 2011, 12:00 AM

What is adult foster care?

MOORHEAD – Adult foster care is typically a scenario in which a provider or providers care for no more than five adults in the provider’s private home.

By: Josie Clarey, INFORUM

MOORHEAD – Adult foster care is typically a scenario in which a provider or providers care for no more than five adults in the provider’s private home.

David Hallman, Clay County foster care licensor, said adult foster care in Minnesota is for adults over the age of 18, including a 24-hour supervision plan.

“That doesn’t necessarily mean they are supervised for all those 24 hours, but there is a plan of how they would be supervised,” he said.

If a person is looking to become a provider, Hallman said a home study, including an inspection by the fire marshal, background check and orientation, all must take place during the licensing process.

“We would do a home safety checklist to make sure there are fire extinguishers and carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors and that the handrails on tight – all these things we go over and over – to make sure structurally, the location is good,” he said.

The regulations don’t stop there. New and veteran providers are required to complete 12 hours of training each year, and a three-hour orientation is necessary for new caregivers.

Additionally, Hallman is allowed to inspect the home at any time, announced or unannounced.

“Sometimes it’s a little different atmosphere than when you tell them you’re coming,” he said.

The system works similarly in North Dakota, where an adult foster home is defined by law as “an occupied private residence in which adult family foster care is regularly provided by the owner or lessee thereof to four or fewer adults who are not related by blood or marriage … .”

Karen Tesher, assistant director of the North Dakota Long-term Care Continuum in Medical Services, said individuals wishing to become providers must also go through a process similar to Minnesota’s.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Josie Clarey at (701) 241-5529

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