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Foster parents

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Calendar and registration

Hennepin County foster care training calendar (PDF)

You must register for all trainings.

Registration for in-person trainings

Register with your Hennepin Learning Account. Each foster parent in the home needs to register. Registration closes the day before each training.

To create a Hennepin Learning Account:

  1. Email fostercare@hennepin.us and write “Hennepin Learning Account” in the subject line
  2. Include your first and last name, and the name of your Hennepin County Foster Care Licensing Worker

Registration for online/webinar trainings

  1. Email fostercare@hennepin.us and write “Online/webinar training” in the subject line
  2. Include the name of your Hennepin County Foster Care Licensing Worker
  3. Include the complete name of the training(s) you want to register for

Training requirements

Foster care training requirements depend on the stage of licensure — initial, first year, or ongoing — and whether you are a relative or non-relative foster care provider. Find the requirements that apply to you below. If you have questions, consult your licensor.

All training must be completed before your relicensing or annual review due date. It is recommended that you start taking training right after your annual/relicensing review is completed each year.

Record your training on the Foster care provider record of training (PDF).

Initial training requirements

Relative

  • Nuts & Bolts: Foster Care the Hennepin Way
  • Introduction to Children’s Mental Health
  • Prudent Parenting
  • Car Seat Safety – if fostering children under eight (8) years old
  • Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID)/Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) &ndash if fostering children under six (6) years old

Non-relative

  • Nuts & Bolts: Foster Care the Hennepin Way
  • Introduction to Children’s Mental Health
  • Prudent Parenting
  • Racial Identity Development
  • Discipline in Foster Care
  • Developmental Impact of Trauma
  • Car Seat Safety – if fostering children under eight (8) years old
  • Sudden Unexplained Infant Death (SUID)/Abusive Head Trauma (AHT) – if fostering children under 6 years old

First year training requirements

Relative

12 training hours minimum required

  • A to Z Guide test
  • Racial Identity Development
  • Discipline in Foster Care
  • Developmental Impact of Trauma
  • Intro to FASD
  • Nuts & Bolts: Foster Care the Hennepin Way – if not taken prior to licensure

Non-relative

12 training hours minimum required

Required trainings

  • A to Z Guide test
  • Intro to FASD

Recommended trainings

  • QPI: Comfort Calls
  • MAPCY
  • Foster Parent Court
  • Mandated Reporter

Ongoing training requirements - after the first year

For relatives and non-relatives

12 training hours minimum required each year

  • 5 hours minimum from the In-Person training options listed on Hennepin County’s foster care training calendar
  • 1 hour of Mental Health training must be completed every year
  • 1 hour of FASD training must be completed every year

You may count up to six hours combined from the following categories:

  • Up to three hours of relevant reading or videos of your choice, related to the needs of foster children
  • Up to three hours individual training such as special staffings or meetings about a child in your care
  • Up to three hours of webinar training, related to the needs of foster children
  • Up to six hours from the online video options listed on Hennepin County’s foster care training calendar

Northstar Care for Children helps children in foster care grow up in safe and permanent homes. It provides medical and financial benefits for children in foster care and for eligible children finding permanency through an adoption or transfer of permanent legal and physical custody to a relative.

Learn more from the Minnesota Department of Human Services – Northstar Care for Children: Encouraging safe, permanent homes (PDF)

Northstar benefits

The Northstar Care basic payment is set by a child’s age and provides for a child’s food, clothing, shelter and daily supervision.

Beyond the basic payment, Northstar Care also has a supplemental payment that provides for the extra care and attention for many children and youth who are placed in foster, relative care or adoptive placements. This supplemental benefit level is determined by the Minnesota Assessment of Parenting for Children and Youth (MAPCY).

MAPCY (Minnesota Assessment of Parenting for Children and Youth)

Learn more about MAPCY from the Minnesota Department of Human Services.

For more information or assistance, talk with your placement or licensing social worker.

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