Corporate Foster Care

Northwood operates six Corporate Foster Care homes in Duluth. These programs were established under the provisions of the Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals legislation. It is a federally funded program for persons with emotional and mental disabilities. The homes are licensed under Family Foster Care by the Minnesota Department of Human Services and are under the auspices of Northwood Children’s Services. The homes are licensed to serve up to four students between the ages of 6 to 21 years. Residents must be eligible under the Corporate Foster Care waiver program as determined by the referring county social services department.

Admissions Criteria

To be eligible to receive these services, a child must meet at least three of the four criteria listed below:

  1. The youth must be determined Corporate Foster Care eligible by the referring county social services department and a waiver for services approved prior to admission. A DSM-IV diagnosis by a licensed professional is necessary.
  2. Youth is at immediate risk of psychiatric hospitalization; a child or adolescent, who is at immediate risk of psychiatric hospitalization or who has been removed from his home due to a mental or emotional problem.
  3. Youth is at high risk of developing disturbances of a severe and persistent nature: a child or adolescent who exhibits behavior which indicates a high risk of developing disturbances of a severe, persistent and debilitating nature.
  4. Evidence that the child cannot be successfully maintained in a less restrictive community setting (e.g., their parent or guardian’s home).

For more information please contact:

Melissa Winkler
Director of Community Residential Services
Northwood Children’s Services
4000 W. 9th Street
(218) 628-0237
mwinkler@northwoodchildren.org

Admissions:
Alex Heil
Admissions Coordinator
Northwood Children’s Services
4000 W. 9th Street
Duluth, MN 55807
(218) 728-7164
aheil@northwoodchildren.org