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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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): required (choose one class from this category)

Choose one mandatory training each year. Classes indicated with (FASD) qualify for FASD credit.

Introduction to fetal alcohol syndrome, with DHS (FASD)



Learn how to help children who have developmental and neurological complications as a result of in utero exposure to alcohol.

Strategies NOT solutions: for foster parents supporting individuals with FASD (FASD)

Individuals on the fetal alcohol spectrum often struggle to belong, be understood, access appropriate services, and be accepted. This session will dive into practical, effective interventions and strategies to best support children, adolescents and adults with an FASD. Then we will discuss community resources and services.

Initial children's mental health: required (choose one class from this category)

Choose one mandatory training each year. Classes indicated with (MH) qualify for mental health credit.

Introduction to children's mental health, with DHS (MH)


Learn about mental health problems that children in foster care often experience.

Recognizing early warning signs of children's mental health (MH)

Recognizing Early Warning Signs is a two hour workshop whose educational objectives are to help foster parents learn early warning signs of mental illnesses and trauma in children and youth, gain an understanding of the impact of mental Illnesses and trauma on children, and learn strategies to support children who live with an illness. Suicide warning signs and resources are also covered.

Discipline (required)
Discipline in foster care: managing our behavior to manage theirs


Many children in care experience traumatic events, including abuse, neglect and domestic violence. These traumatic events can affect a child long after he or she has been removed from the source of the trauma. Participants will learn to understand and respond to the behaviors exhibited by the children in their care and leave with practical, trauma-informed discipline strategies to begin using with the children in their care.

Race and cultural identity (required)
Racial identity development and self-esteem in successful placements, with Robert O'Connor

This session will provide tools, theories and insights for supporting youth in all their important developmental tasks of discovering self and feeling good about the skin they're in.

Trauma (required)
The developmental impact of trauma on young children


Nuts and bolts (required)
Foster care the Hennepin way: nuts and bolts




Learn the ins and outs of the foster care system with Hennepin County. This class is intended to be taken within the first year of licensing.

Individual classes
Car seat safety for Hennepin County providers only


Car seat safety is required for all foster parents who will transport foster children under age 9 by motor vehicle. Anyone that will be helping you transport children will also be required. There is no fee for providers or others transporting children.

Car seat safety for Hennepin County employees and private agencies




$25 fee per person, employees exempt from fee. Pay by check or money order only, to Hennepin County Treasurer.

Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma


Sudden unexpected infant death, abusive head trauma class is required for all foster parents taking children under age 6. Anyone helping you care for children under age 6 must also take this training and are welcome to attend for no cost.

Prudent parenting (required)

The Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standard can be found in MN Statute. It was developed to remove barriers to normalcy for foster children, supporting emotional and developmental growth by permitting children to participate in activities or events that are generally accepted as suitable for children/youth of the same chronological ages or developmentally appropriate for a child.

Open labs





We will be offering monthly open labs for providers who do not own a computer at our Richfield Satellite Office (6625 Lyndale Avenue South, Suite 200).

You will need to register to reserve a spot as there are only 10 computers and headphones available.

During your time slot, you can come to the lab and use the computers to complete any online trainings for your foster care license that you would like and receive your certificate.

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