For Professionals

Become a Licensed Host Home Provider

Experience the rewards of offering a nurturing and supportive family setting for individuals with disabilities. 

Schwenke Family
“With people like LSS backing me up, coaching and loving John is one of the most rewarding and successful things I have ever been a part of.”

- James Schwenke, Host Home Caregiver


Share Your Home

LSS Host home providers are compassionate, caring, and dedicated; they provide a nurturing environment that supports personal choice for an individual with disabilities.

LSS matches host home providers to individuals with disabilities who desire to participate in family and community life.

Host home providers welcome matched individuals into their home and work together with the individual, their family, and LSS to design and implement a plan for day-to-day living.

LSS offers on-going support and supervision so everyone feels comfortable and supported as you embark on your new journey together.
Support and training for host home providers >


Qualifications for Host Home Providers

A host home provider may be an individual, a couple, or a family with children. Host home providers can be anyone over the age of 21. The biggest requirement is the commitment to open your home and your heart to welcome a person with disabilities into your family. Learn about the role of a host home provider >

Host home providers are licensed through their county's Adult Foster Care Unit. Each county has a unique process of becoming a licensed provider. On average, the process of becoming licensed foster home can take 2 – 6 months. LSS assists providers through this process.

Once licensed, providers are eligible to subcontract under Lutheran Social Service’s 245b License. As a subcontractor for LSS, home home providers receive a percentage of federal and state waiver funding individuals receive for care. LSS carefully screens and selects host home providers. Matches are based on mutual interests and compatibility.