Foster Care: Provide a Safe, Hopeful Future for Youth
We believe every child needs a safe place to live, and caring, supportive relationships to thrive.
Children need safe and supportive homes to thrive. On an average day in 2020, there were approximately 8,600 children and young adults experiencing out-of-home placement in Minnesota foster care.
- 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 reunify children to their family and community whenever possible.
In the midst of COVID-19, we are taking every precaution to keep families and youth safe while continuing to license new foster families. Information sessions and many trainings are available online.
We currently have a great need for families able and willing to provide short-term respite care, foster sibling groups, school-aged children, older youth, and who are supportive and affirming of LGBTQ youth.
Become a Foster Parent
Information on how to become an LSS foster parent, parenting options, and support and training resources.
Children in Foster Care
Children in foster care are most often removed from their homes due to parental abuse, neglect or substance abuse. They may have academic, behavioral, emotional, medical or social needs related to the effects of trauma. They need a safe home and supportive adult relationships to succeed.
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
For Youth in Foster Care
Resources for youth, stories about other kids in foster care, contact information for help, and other useful information.
Attend an Information or Training Session
During the ongoing pandemic, we are taking every precaution to keep families and youth safe while continuing to license new foster families.
Information sessions and many trainings are available online.
Serving all Families
We are committed to being welcoming and inclusive to everyone, serving all families.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota services are available to all people regardless of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability or age.
Los servicios de los Servicios Sociales Luteranos de Minnesota están disponibles para todas las personas independientemente de su raza, color, credo, religión, origen nacional, sexo, orientación sexual, discapacidad o edad. Si necesita servicios de asistencia lingüística, háganoslo saber. Son gratuitos.