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.

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Ongoing training
NEW Sensory processing and self-regulation techniques for children and adolescents
NEW The foster care court system with a Hennepin County attorney
NEW Mandated reporting for foster parents with a Hennepin County Child Protection investigator


The developmental impact of trauma on young children, with Michele Fallon
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.

Early childhood services for children birth to 6 in out-of-home placement
Family reunification through visitation with DHS

Learn best practice and visitation methods that focus on strength-based, empowering and collaborative visitation strategies.

First aid and CPR for foster children

This is a non-certification course, but an overview of the basics to respond to an emergency until first responders arrive.

Foster care the Hennepin County 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.

Grief and loss: a foster child's hidden trauma, with Teresa Morris

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.

2019 dates coming soon.

Hair and skin: all faces and all races

Learn to take care of hair and skin of children from all backgrounds.

Intentional parenting: race and culture, with Robert O'Connor
Introduction to fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, with DHS

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

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 task of discovering self, and feeling good about the skin they're in.

The significance of substance abuse for families

Providers will learn about different levels of chemical abuse and explore strategies for working with children and families.

Stop the yelling, with Teresa Morris

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.

Strategies NOT solutions: for foster parents supporting individuals with 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.

Supporting children exposed to domestic violence, with DHS

Learn to work with children who have experienced domestic violence in their homes.

Mental health

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

Anxiety: children's mental health, with DHS (MH)

Providers will learn the origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations for foster children who experience anxiety. (Mental health credit)

2019 dates coming soon.

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), with DHS (MH)

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)

Autism: children's mental health, with DHS (MH)

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.

Coping with your foster child's trauma
Depression: children's mental health, with DHS (MH)

Depression will be discussed in terms of origin, symptoms, behaviors, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit)

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

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

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD): children's mental health, with DHS (MH)

Obsessive-compulsive disorder will be discussed in terms of origin, symptoms, behaviors, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit)

2019 dates coming soon.

Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD): children's mental health, with DHS (MH)

ODD will be discussed in terms of main origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit).

Prudent parenting

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.

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

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.

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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