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. Classes will be canceled if not enough people sign up.
Email registration is preferred, at email@example.com. 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. No vouchers will be given to drop-ins.
Training topic schedule 2015
Unless otherwise noted, all training will be held in the Health Services Building (HSB), 525 Portland Avenue, Minneapolis, MN 55415.
Pre-service training and foster care orientation
Classes are held at Hennepin County Health Services Building, 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis.
Orientation and overview of foster, adoptive and kinship care
Check back for future classes.
Saturday, December 5, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This training examines the definition and dynamics of child sexual abuse. Participants will learn that sexual abuse is a complex problem and that children who have been sexually abused may have a hard time adjusting to a new home. Additional training and resources to successfully care for these children and teens will be discussed.
Foster parents must complete these classes to maintain their licenses. All training classes are at the Hennepin County Health Services Building, 525 Portland Avenue South, Minneapolis, unless specifically indicated otherwise. See class descriptions below.
Effects of caregivers on the family
Saturday, December 5, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Participants will learn to recognize signs of family stress and know the importance of developing and using support systems to prevent a family crisis. Procedures will be outlined that are required if allegations of maltreatment are made. Health, hygiene and nutritional issues will be explored.
Permanency issues for children
Saturday, December 12 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Participants will learn the unique aspects of becoming a permanent home for a child who will not be returning to their biological parents. They will begin to understand how post-placement issues such as loss, identity and loyalties can be complicated for these children and begin to prepare for them. Caregivers will explore the supports for parents and children in their community.
Permanency issues for families
Saturday, December 12, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This training helps participants recognize the long-term adjustment to adoption for the parent and the child. This includes dealing with grief, loss, identity, control, divided loyalties and fertility issues as well as the fantasy of being a “dream family.”
Sudden unexpected infant death/abusive head trauma and car seat safety
Classes on preventing sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma are paired with car seat safety seminars 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.
Sudden unexpected infant death/abusive head trauma and car seat classes are free only to Hennepin County foster parents. Class fees for private agencies and certain other individuals are $25 for sessions fewer 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.
Saturday, December 5
- 9 a.m. to 12 :15 p.m. Car Seat Safety
- 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sudden Unexplained Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma
Tuesday, December 15
- 4:30 to 6 p.m. Sudden Unexplained Infant Death and Abusive Head Trauma
- 6 to 9:15 p.m. Car Seat Safety