Foster Care\Adoption

Foster care is a temporary arrangement for children whose parents are struggling and are unable to take care of them.  When possible, human service agencies will work with families to keep kids safe and meet their needs at home; unfortunately, sometimes that is not possible and it is necessary for kids to be placed in foster care.


Thank you for your interest in foster care.  Brown County Staff will support you throughout your foster care inquiry and parenting with ongoing communication, licensing and training information.

Adult foster care assists individuals, 18 years of age and older, who are unable to live alone, with a living arrangement, or other basic needs as appropriate. Qualified adults may be frail, elderly, have emotional, physical, or mental health needs, or other circumstances that make them dependent on others for care. Adult foster care recipients may be able to attend school, work or day programs.

At this time, Brown County Human Services does not offer any services for private adoptions. If you are interested in adopting special needs children that are state wards, we can connect you with the appropriate agencies who offer those services.

Contact Us (new)

Mailing Address:
Brown County Human Services
1117 Center Street PO Box 788
New Ulm, MN 56073

Physical Address:
Community Services Building (CSB)
in New Ulm
1117 Center Street

Map & Directions

Office Hours: 8:00am to 4:30pm
Monday through Friday (excluding holidays)

Human Services Director: Barb Dietz

Telephone: (507) 354-8246 or
1 (800) 450-8246

TDD PHone Number: (507) 359-6500, for the hearing impaired

Fax Main: (507) 359-6542
Fax Social Services/Child Support: (507) 359-4146
Fax Financial: (507) 359-4146


Completed forms and applications may be delivered to our office in one of four ways:

  1. Droppped off at our office during open hours.
  2. Put in the drop box in iour parking lot anytime.  Please place in an envelope with your name and who it should go to.  The box is emptied several times throughout the business dayl. If you need original verififications returned, please note on the document
  3. Mailed to our PO Box listed above
  4. Scanning and emailing all documents to.

Financial Woker:
Child Support Worker:
All other documents:

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Mission Statement

Commitment to Excellence through Leadership, Teamwork, and Education


Office Hours: 8am to 4:30pm
(most offices)

Main Office Phone: 507-233-6600

Courthouse Address:
14 S State St
New Ulm, MN 56073

Individual Office Hours may vary.


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