/ Families /
Foster Care

Foster Care: Provide a Safe, Hopeful Future for Youth

two girls sitting on grass

We believe every child needs a safe place to live, and caring, supportive relationships to thrive.

The need for safe and supportive homes for children in transition continues to grow. In 2017, almost 7,500 Minnesotan children entered foster care. The number of children in Minnesota foster care on an average day rose 12% from 2016 to 2017, with estimated 9,900 children in out-of-home placement daily. 

We serve:

  • Youth from infancy to age 18 who are in need of out-of-home care
  • Youth and young adults with therapeutic needs
  • Young adults aged 18 - 21 who meet certain eligibility requirements

Our goal is to return children to their home or community whenever possible.

Become a Foster Parent

Information on how to become an LSS foster parent, parenting options, and support and training resources.

For Youth in Foster Care

Resources for youth, stories about other kids in foster care, contact information for help, and other useful information.

Current Foster Parents

Educational and training resources, access to forms and other information to support you in fostering the children in your care.

Social Workers and Child Advocates

Access to forms and referral information, contact information and other resources

Attend an Information Session

Learn about foster care and how to become a licensed foster family.

Twin Cities Metro Area

Center for Changing Lives
2400 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, 55104
Meetings are from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Ramsey County Library - Roseville
2180 Hamline Avenue North
Roseville, MN 55133
Meeting is from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For more information on Rochester and Twin Cities area information sessions, contact Jodi Raidt at 612.879.5219 or Jodi.Raidt@lssmn.org.


For information on foster care services in your area contact your local foster care coordinator.


LSS Therapeutic Foster Care

foster kids with parents
“Foster care is special because even though you may only have a child for a short time, you have the opportunity to make sure that time is loving, happy and safe — to let the child know they have a caring adult during a difficult time.”
LSS Foster Parent