Foster Care in your Community


Your help is needed in the following ways:

  • Respite Care: If you are nervous about providing foster care, consider licensing and offering respite care. Respite care is usually over a weekend and the respite care providers choose when they are available to take in children, so it's very flexible. Providing respite foster care may be an easy way to start fostering. If you are nervous about providing foster care, consider licensing and offering respite care.

  • Temporary Care: Many parents see temporary foster care as helpful; children and young people are unlikely to want to be in foster care although they will often accept it if their situation improves as a result.

  • Emergency Care: The immediate removal from child(ren) from current home is necessitated by extreme circumstances. Emergency foster families are specialists at taking children at almost no notice.

  • Relative Care: Relative care is provided by persons related to the foster youth in any of the following by blood, marriage or adoption; grandparent, great-grandparent, brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepparent, stepbrother, stepsister, uncle, or aunt. This designation applies to homes who apply to care for children for whom the agency has legal custody. Relative care is the least restrictive family-like setting for children requiring out-of-home placement. Relative care reinforces the social status that comes from belonging to a family of one’s own and the sense of identity and self-esteem that is inherent in knowing one’s family history and culture.

  • Mentors: Become a Mentor for a foster child(ren).

  • Consider becoming a foster parent!!

Whatever you can do to help, YOU can make a difference to children in YOUR COMMUNITY.

To learn more about YOU can MAKE a DIFFERENCE in YOUR community.


Talking to people about Foster Parenting

When a child enters Foster Care

Training Requirements

Call Spirit Lake Tribal Social Services at 766-4404.