An informational meeting for those interested in providing foster care in Washington County will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 1, through a Webex presentation.

For those who decide to become licensed to provide foster care, the licensing process begins at no cost to them. Several foster care options are offered:

- for children needing a temporary place to live; placements vary in length.

- for teenagers.

- respite program, giving a family a needed break by caring for children and teenagers with or without disabilities for a few days or a weekend.

In addition to meeting state licensing requirements, foster families should be able to provide a stable family atmosphere in adequate housing, and love and support for the children or adults in their care.

Before families can be licensed, they must undergo a thorough screening process, which includes an extensive background check.

For additional information, questions, or to register, call 651-430-8307 or email ComSvsCFCLicensing@co.washington.mn.us, or visit co.washington.mn.us and search “foster care licensing.”

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