You Can Make the Difference in a Child’s Life
Be a Foster Parent for Mille Lacs Academy Youth

Some of the boys who complete treatment at Mille Lacs Academy require additional care through foster care before they can return home or move to independent living.

Have you ever thought about being a foster parent? Foster parents can be single, married, have children of their own, have no children, be grandparents, or hope to adopt. All you need is a bedroom for the foster child, a commitment to their safety, and the willingness to invest in their future.

When you become a foster parent licensed through Kindred Family Focus, you have the opportunity to serve boys stepping down from treatment at Mille Lacs Academy.

Whether you’ve been a foster parent before or you’re new to foster care, you may wonder what successful foster care looks like for Mille Lacs Academy youth.

  • Know that Each Boy is Different: It’s important to remember that each boy has individual needs to succeed.
  • Family Connection: While Mille Lacs Academy boys are in foster care, they need to keep growing their family relationships and building on the progress they made while in treatment.
  • Activities: Like all boys, Mille Lacs Academy youth tend to do well when they have a clear purpose, meaningful work, and enjoyable activities.
  • Structure: Clear, firm boundaries and rules help former Mille Lacs Academy boys stick to their goals.
  • Thoughtful Supervision: The boys from Mille Lacs Academy need thoughtful supervision of their online presence and interactions with vulnerable individuals.
  • Therapy: Boys transitioning from treatment at Mille Lacs Academy usually attend regular individual and family therapy.

You will have lots of support from our team of professionals and specialized trainings that will help you successfully care for each child. We even offer assistance to help you meet the specific financial challenges of being a foster parent.

Here are just some of the ways we help you:

  • MLA Youth Support Group
  • Monthly Parent/Guardian Support Group
  • Ongoing Support and Answers to Questions and Concerns
  • Networking with other Foster Parents
  • Higher pay for Intensive Services like Alternative to Residential Treatment (ART)
  • Matching Services to Find the Right Child for Your Home
  • Meet and Greets with the Mille Lacs Academy Aftercare Coordinator
  • Tours of Mille Lacs Academy
  • Discharge Recommendations and Assignments for MLA Youth
  • Therapeutic Recommendations for MLA Youth
  • Assistance Finding Therapy Services for MLA Youth

The first step to becoming a foster parent starts with your call.

Don’t wait. Call today. A child is waiting.
Changing One Life Changes Everything

Kindred Family Focus (Minnesota Foster Care Services)

Call: 320-532-4429

Stephen Johnson, M. Div.
MLA Aftercare Coordinator
320-532-4005, ext. 539

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