All licensed Hennepin County providers need 12 hours of training each year, and five of the 12 hours must be sponsored by Hennepin County.
Parents who have adopted a child though the Hennepin County foster care program also are welcome to attend training, even if your license has expired.
See the foster care licensing process, described above, for information about becoming a foster care provider.
Register for a class
Registration is required, at least two weeks in advance. Your registration will be confirmed by phone or email.
Email registration is preferred, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You also may call and leave a message at 612-348-5840. Please provide us with the class title, your name, your licensing worker's name, and a daytime phone number. You also can register with your licensing worker.
- You are welcome to bring your own meal. Light snacks will be provided for training classes that are three or more hours.
- Please remember that children are not allowed at any training sessions. Child care is not provided.
- For weather cancellations, call 612-348-5840, after 5 p.m. In case of other cancellations, participants will be notified by email or telephone.
- A parking voucher for the Hennepin County Medical Center parking ramp is again available for everyone who pre-registers for training, when training is scheduled at Health Services Building.
Location: Unless otherwise noted, all training will be held at Brookdale Regional Center, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center.
Saturday, April 30, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Saturday, April 30, 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Effects of caregivers on the family
Saturday, May 14, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Permanency issues for children
Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Permanency issues for families
Saturday, May 21, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Unless otherwise noted, all training sessions are held at 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center.
Significance of substance abuse for families
April 29, 1 to 4 p.m.
Introduction to FASD for resource families
May 11, 1 to 4 p.m.
Introduction to mental health for resource families
June 11, 9 am to 12 p.m.
Supporting children exposed to domestic violence
June 22, 6 to 9 p.m.
Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma and car seat safety
Location: These sessions are always held at 525 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis
Classes are paired to give busy foster parents the opportunity to take one or both classes on the same night. Classes are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
These classes are free to Hennepin County foster parents. Fees for private agencies and certain other individuals are $25 for sessions less than four hours and $50 for sessions that last more than four hours. Prepayment for classes is preferred but payments will be accepted at the door. No cash payment; checks or money orders only, made out to the Hennepin County Treasurer.
Please check back soon for more sessions.