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Maintaining a foster care license
Minnesota law requires 12 hours of training each year. If you have any questions about training, contact your licensing worker.
Children and youth who are involved with the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect and then placed in foster care, as well as youth who are involved with the justice system, are homeless, or have run away, are all at high risk of being trafficked. Child welfare services such as foster care are on the front line to identify the red flags, and can be a part of intervention that leads to change.
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.
Learn best practice and visitation methods that focus on strength-based, empowering and collaborative visitation strategies.
This is a non-certification course, but an overview of the basics to respond to an emergency until first responders arrive.
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.
Come together for a conversation around supporting children who are grieving. Holidays can be especially difficult for anyone who is missing an important person no matter your age. We will discuss processing with children and tools to have difficult but important conversations.
Learn to take care of hair and skin of children from all backgrounds.
Learn how to help children who have developmental and neurological complications as a result of in utero exposure to alcohol.
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.
Providers will learn about different levels of chemical abuse and explore strategies for working with children and families.
We all do it at times. We get frustrated or don't feel we are being heard. Come together to talk about how we have learned to raise our voices to get things we need and how we affect the development and behavior of young children.
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.
Learn to work with children who have experienced domestic violence in their homes.
Learn strategies to help children in your care improve their ability to attach.
Participants will learn the basics of FASD, some of the red flags commonly seen in children impacted by prenatal alcohol exposure, discuss strategies to effectively support children with an FASD and lastly will learn about some of the resources available through the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Choose one mandatory training each year. Classes indicated with (MH) qualify for mental health credit.
Providers will learn the origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations for foster children who experience anxiety. (Mental health credit)
Providers will learn the origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations for foster children who have been diagnosed or perceived to have ADHD. (Mental health credit)
Providers will learn the origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations for foster children who have been diagnosed with or are perceived to have autism.
Depression will be discussed in terms of origin, symptoms, behaviors, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit)
Learn about mental health problems that children in foster care often experience.
Obsessive-compulsive disorder will be discussed in terms of origin, symptoms, behaviors, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit)
ODD will be discussed in terms of main origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit)
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.
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.
The car seat safety and infant death and abuse classes below are paired so you can take both in one day. Choose a session from each class. 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.
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, 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.
$25 fee per person, employees exempt from fee