Agencies that perform foster care licensing functions shall comply with the requirements in subparts 2 to 6, in addition to other applicable requirements.
The agency shall provide prospective applicants with information about foster care to enable the prospective applicant to decide whether to apply for licensure. The information must include:
the types of individuals the agency places in foster care;
the responsibilities of foster care license holders and of the agency; and
the agency's policies governing foster care.
The agency shall provide applicants the orientation and preplacement training required in rules governing the program.
In addition to the licensing study under part 9543.0040, subpart 2, the licensing study of an applicant for foster care must include:
in-person interviews with all family members and other adults living in the household;
social history information; and
an evaluation of whether the individual meets the specific qualifications required in Minnesota Rules governing child foster care or adult foster care.
A written report of the foster care licensing study must be kept in the applicant's record.
The agency shall:
enter into a foster parent agreement with the license holder for child foster care;
coordinate with placement workers to ensure that the license holder is visited by a placement worker or the licensor at least monthly for the first six months after the first placement in child foster care;
provide the license holder a copy of the annual relicensing evaluation report;
establish a grievance mechanism for resolving differences between the agency and the license holder and provide the license holder with a written description of grievance procedures;
ensure that the foster care provider has a means of contacting the agency 24 hours per day, seven days per week; and
ensure that training is available to enable license holders to meet the training requirements in rules governing foster care programs.
When a foster care program is closed, the agency shall notify the commissioner on forms prescribed by the commissioner.
15 SR 2105
December 29, 2005