Become a foster family

Before you register for training, you must attend a foster care information meeting.

Your foster care intake social worker will tell you when to register for these trainings. Registration is required, at least two weeks before the training date.

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Initial children's mental health: required (choose one class from this category)
Introduction to children's mental health, with DHS
Learn about mental health problems that children in foster care often experience.

Recognizing early warning signs of children's mental health, with NAMI MN
Individual classes
Coping with your foster child's trauma
This session will assist participants in understanding trauma and how supporting youth in foster care who are coping with trauma, can trigger secondary trauma reactions in their caregivers. We will look Secondary Traumatic Stress, how to recognize it in ourselves, and how to respond appropriately. We will look both at “protective factors” to assist us in reducing the risk of Secondary Traumatic Stress and then also explore ways to use self-care in order to heal and move forward.
The developmental impact of trauma on young children

Foster care the Hennepin way: nuts and bolts (optional)
Learn how foster care works in Hennepin County.
Prudent parenting: normalcy, reasonable and prudent parent training (required)
Prudent parenting training is also available online. Please ask your intake/licensing worker for details.
Racial identity development and self-esteem in successful placements, with Robert O'Connor (required)
This session will provide tools, theories, and insights for supporting youth in all their important developmental task of discovering self, and feeling good about the skin they're in.
Relative/kin foster care
This course is intended for those caring for children they know. A beginner's class to help you understand how to provide care in Hennepin County. This class is optional, but helpful to understand paper work and what to expect while maintaining a relative/kin foster care license.

Sudden unexpected infant death/abusive head trauma and car seat safety

Car seat safety is required for all foster parents who will transport children will also be required, but can also attend at no cost.

Fees: free to Hennepin County foster parents and those helping with the care or transport of a Hennepin County foster parent's foster children. $25 for each session for all other attendees. Pay by check or money order only, to Hennepin County Treasurer.

Location for classes will be at Brookdale human services, 6125 Shingle Creek Parkway, Brooklyn Center, 55430.

Car seat safety for Hennepin County providers only
No fee


Car seat safety for Hennepin County employees and private agencies
$25 fee per person, employees exempt from fee






Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma


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