Brown County Browser: Foster parents play crucial role at Brown County Human Services

When you think about all the programs housed at Brown County Human Services, the child foster care licensing program is not likely to be at the top of your list. However, foster parents are instrumental in providing safety and stability to area children. Without the dedication of our current foster parents, many children wouldn’t receive the level of care needed to help them grow and thrive in our community.

Currently in Brown County there are 12 non-relative foster homes. Although at first glance this number might seem adequate, many more foster homes are needed, especially in the Sleepy Eye and Springfield area. Many of our foster homes are full and have been full for quite some time. A variety of foster homes throughout Brown County is needed in order to best serve children. When there are a variety of foster homes, social workers are able to make the best possible match between the foster home and the children. When there are a limited number of homes, social workers may be forced to place children in foster homes outside the child’s community and possibly even in another county. This means that a child may have to change schools and leave behind familiar surroundings. Not having enough foster homes also means that many of the same foster homes are continuously called upon to care for children. Foster parents do have the choice of the age, gender, and number of children they feel comfortable caring for.

If you enjoy helping children and possess patience and flexibility, please consider becoming a foster parent. This is an excellent opportunity to make a difference in your community. To learn more please contact Brown County Human Services at 507-359-6500. The application process for becoming licensed involves background checks for those 13 and older living in the home, a home inspection, a home study interview, foster parent training, and miscellaneous paperwork. Licensing can be done at a pace comfortable for the family going through the process.

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