Navigating the joys and challenges of Birth Family Dynamics while children are living in foster care
In this workshop we will learn about the historical context of foster care and permanency and the important role of foster parents in maintaining healthy connections with children´s birth family while they are living in your home.
We will explore issues of loyalty, attachment, communication, roles and responsibilities, levels of contact, boundaries and transitions between caregivers.
We will allow time to learn from one another by discussing case examples, personal stories of challenges and successes as we identify practical tools and strategies to maintain safe and healthy connections that can lead to better outcomes for children.
You will leave this workshop feeling more confident to navigate these complex relationships effectively.
Discipline in foster care: managing our behaviors 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.
First aid and CPR for foster children
Foster care the Hennepin way: nuts and bolts
Grief and loss: a foster child's hidden trauma
It's that easy, with the Teen Annex Clinic
A guide to raising sexually health children. This class is an informative, interactive workshop designed to give parents and caregivers tools to have honest conversations with their kid(s) that reflect their values, a safe place to discuss puberty and adolescence, health relationships, sexual health, and the questions, concerns, and changes that accompany them. Information around accurate and timely information about sexuality and youth in our culture.
Racial identity development and self-esteem in successful placements, with Robert O'Connor
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 (online only)