Becoming a Foster Parent

  1. Licensing Requirements
  2. How to Apply
  3. Initial Trainings


  • You must live in Winona County
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have appropriate sleeping space in the home
  • Complete all required paperwork
  • Provide the County with three personal references
  • Allow Winona County to conduct a home inspection
  • Complete and pass a Department of Human Services background check on all household members who are 13 years of age and older
  • Participate in a home study that includes interviews with all household members
  • Abide by a "no corporal punishment" rule
  • Be available to transport children to visitations and medical appointments
  • Complete initial trainings
  • Attend 12 hours of annual training after licensure