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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Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)

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

Introduction to fetal alcohol syndrome disorder, 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.

Mental health

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.

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)

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.

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)

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)

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).

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


Coping with your foster child's trauma
The developmental impact of trauma on young children


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
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.

NOTE: this class will only be offered twice in 2019.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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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