Foster Parent Licensing 

TSA is a private foster care placing agency that serves children and families locally and throughout the state of Minnesota.  TSA primarily licenses foster homes within a 20-mile radius of our office located in Pine City, Minnesota. We also welcome families living outside of this 20-mile radius to inquire further and apply.

What is involved in the licensing process?

Becoming a licensed foster parent with Therapeutic Services Agency is not difficult, and it does require a commitment to children and a willingness to learn about the unique needs of children in the foster care system. The licensing requirements are mandated by the Department of Human Services and are the defined standards for all licensed foster homes in the state of Minnesota.   The licensing process can be described as a two-fold process that involves an assessment/study of the foster care applicants, and all additional household members, and an assessment of the physical home environment as noted below*.

The TSA Licensing Social Worker is responsible for conducting these assessments in compliance with the MN Rules, Chapter 2960.3000 to 2960.3340. Once all requirements are met, the licensing worker makes a recommendation for licensure to the Department of Human Services.

Applicant Assessment                                                 

  • Personal References                                                                                                        
  • Background Study/Netstudy 2.0                                                                                        
  • Home Study Assessment                                                                                                               
  • Physical/Mental/Chemical/Health                                                                                      

 Physical Home Environment Assessment

  • Home Safety Checklist
  • Safe Water Supply
  • Pet Records
  • Fire Inspection

 Training Requirements:

All licensed foster parents must complete 6 hours of orientation prior to their first foster care placement and a minimum of 12 hours of training annually thereafter.  TSA provides foster parent orientation and offers a variety of ongoing training opportunities for foster parents to meet the annual training requirement.  Each month, local foster parent in-service training is offered to TSA foster parents.

In addition to the 12-hour annual training requirement, TSA foster parents participating in the Child Treatment Foster Care Program and/or the Adolescent Treatment Foster Care Program are expected to participate in a weekly Treatment Team meeting with the agency professionals and practitioners for case consultation and planning relevant to the needs of their foster child.  This meeting is documented and considered direct foster parent training that goes above and beyond the 12 hour licensing requirement.  Additional training requirements include:  Prudent Parenting, Children's Mental Health Training, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder (FASD), SUID/AHT, an CARS.

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