Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of kids are in need of care?

Most of our children in treatment foster care are children and youth who are struggling with emotional and/or behavioral problems at home, school, or in the community. 

Where do youth in need of care come from?  

Most youth are from rural East Central, MN and TSA receives referrals from the greater MN area as well.

Can foster parents work outside of the home and still provide foster care?

Yes, TSA and foster parents work together to arrange for care while foster parents are at work keeping the best interests of the child in mind.  

Are youth referred for care dangerous?

TSA carefully screens youth and only accepts those appropriate for family foster care setting.

Why should I foster parent? 

Foster parenting is rewarding and challenging as you invest in the lives of youth at a critical time in their lives.  By being a foster parent, you can make a difference in the life of a child.

What impact will foster parenting have on my own kids?

Many foster parents have shared that their children have benefited from the experience.  Children of foster parents get to watch their parents help make the world better.  It's great role modeling.  

What are the foster families financially responsible for?

The foster family is paid a monthly reimbursement paycheck for the care provided.  Room and board and general daily living expenses are included in this reimbursement check. Medical care costs and medication costs are not the foster parent's responsibility. 

How do I become a foster parent?

The process is not complex. See the Foster Parenting and Licensing pages.

For more information regarding Foster Parenting or licensure, please contact: Wendy Rude Pangerl at 320-629-7816 or