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
Saturday, October 10, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Participants learn what is involved in becoming foster, adoptive or kinship provider. They become familiar with licensing and child placement procedures and how they may differ. This training allows caregivers to explore their expectations and the expectations of the child-placing agency.
Cultural issues in placement
Saturday, October 17, 9 a.m. to noon
Participants will learn skills in becoming culturally competent by exploring their values, attitudes and patterns of behavior. They will the importance of developing and nurturing the cultural identity of children and incorporating it into their family.
Family systems and abuse and neglect
Saturday, October 17, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Participants will begin to identify the characteristics of families where maltreatment occurs and the role of parents in preventing abuse and neglect. They will explore the contributing factors to maltreatment and learn how abused and neglected children continue to be at increased risk for abuse and neglect even after being placed in foster, adoptive or kinship care.
Impact of abuse and neglect on child development
Saturday, November 7, 9 am to noon
This training provides an overview of normal childhood development and the impact of abuse and neglect. It also explains how to recognize developmental delays or challenges.
Attachment, separation and placement
Saturday, November 7, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This training outlines normal, healthy attachment and the impact on attachment of separation from primary families. Participants will explore how children’s developmental levels affect their understanding of and reactions to out-of-home placement.
November 21, 9 a.m. to noon
This training examines the importance of discipline based on the child’s age, developmental level, past experiences and their current situation. It also explains the rationale for statutes and rules on physical punishment in alternative care homes.
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.
Webinar: Understanding grief and loss
Thursday, October 1, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Bethany Christian Services’ Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations, Kris Faasse, will educate us on the basics of the grieving process. Special attention will be given to some common implications for birth parents and adopted children of various ages. We’ll explore the science, research, and experience of grief and loss in the context of adoption. This 90-minute webinar will include some time for Q & A with the expert.
Saturday, October 10, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This training emphasizes the role of the caregiver as an advocate for the child and a collaborative member of the social service team. It focuses on accessing appropriate and available services to help achieve protection and permanency.
Intentional parenting: Race and culture
Tuesday, October 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Lutheran Social Services
Whenever a child joins a family through adoption from another culture, the family becomes a multicultural family. In our multicultural, multicultural families, workplaces and communities we tend to leave much to chance versus choice when it comes to creating supportive and peaceful environments. This session will help families examine how parents can become positive agents of change to create strong, thriving communities and families. Participants will also learn the following objectives:
• Identity what “intentional” parenting is and why it is important for multicultural families
• Help your child develop a strong sense self and cultural/racial identity
• Strategies for being agents/allies of change for multiculturalism
Introduction to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder for resource families
Wednesday, October 21, 9 a.m. to noon
Participants will learn how Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can impact emotional, behavioral and physical development from infancy to adulthood. They will learn the differences in brain development and the importance of early assessment and intervention. Participants will explore daily challenges at home and in school and discover effective strategies to address the emotions and behaviors of the children.
Understanding and building attachment
November 5 and 19, 6 to 9 p.m.
This training focuses on the initiation and development of attachment in children, and is designed for licensed foster caregivers with placement experience. The first half of the training distinguishes characteristics of secure attachment from those of insecure attachment, and provides information on how the crisis created by separation and placement impacts and is impacted by the child’s attachment pattern. Because research demonstrates that the most consistent predictors of secure attachment are caregiver variables, the last half of the workshop presents a template for parenting children with insecure attachment. Participants will be provided with case scenarios and asked to consider attachment patterns and formulate strategies to maintain/build attachment with their foster children.
Saturday, November 21,12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
This training helps the participants to understand the grief process of a birth parent whose children have entered an out-of-home placement and the importance of involving the birth family in case planning, daily decision-making and other activities to support reunification.
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.
Thursday, October 8
- 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma
- 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Car seat safety
Saturday, October 24
- 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Car seat safety
- 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma