Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) caregivers are home-based caregivers working outside of the formal child care system. Caregivers include grandparents, aunts, uncles, elders, older siblings, friends, neighbors, and others who provide informal child care. Generally, these FFN caregivers care for a small number of children in their home and are typically legally exempt from regulatory or licensing requirements. Many FFN caregivers also provide child care at no charge, and some are paid privately. Families First of Minnesota can provide FFNs with resources, supports, and opportunities to continue taking care of children in the best way they can.

Shawna Tousignant

Region 8 & 9

Sara Taha

Region 10

Service Area

Training Requirements for Family, Friend & Neighbor Caregivers

While training is important for all caregivers, only caregivers who receive Child Care Assistance funds are required to take CPR and First Aid and an additional 8 hours of approved training every 2 years.

Click the link below to complete the Intake Assessment Survey and our family, friend, and neighbor resource specialist will reach out with more information and resources: