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
Introduction to fetal alcohol syndrome disorder
Learn how to help children who have developmental and neurological complications as a result of in utero exposure to alcohol.
Foster care support group - optional
Held the last Wednesday of each month, you can get support from other foster parents and exchange ideas and resources. Earn one training credit. You do not have to sign up.
Positive discipline for foster families
Understanding what motivates kids to misbehave. What are they seeking? What can you do? Goal is positive discipline (training, molding, correcting). The focus is on solutions, not consequences.
The developmental impact of trauma on young children, with Michele Fallon
Foster care the Hennepin County way: nuts and bolts
Learn how foster care works in Hennepin County.
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.
Commercial sexual exploitation of children, with Cornerstone
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.
Family reunification through visitation
Learn best practice and visitation methods that focus on strength-based, empowering and collaborative visitation strategies.
Diffusing crisis, safely and sanely - Parts 1 and 2
Foster parents will learn how to identify an emotional or mental health crisis for a child, as well as strategies and skills to help them address the problem.
Hair and skin - all faces and all races
Learn to take care of hair and skin of children from all backgrounds.
Parenting a child with traumatic experiences, with Deena McMahon
This presentation will discuss how traumatic experiences shape a child's development and result in behaviors that challenge caregivers. Practical interventions and strategies will be offered to help a child cope and to support a successful placement.
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.
Supporting children exposed to domestic violence
Learn to work with children who have experienced domestic violence in their homes.
Understanding and building attachment
Learn strategies to help children in your care improve their ability to attach.
Understanding and working with birth parents, with Michele Fallon
Promote resiliency in young children in out-of-home placement.
Understanding substance abuse and recovery, with Jay Callahan
Why is it so hard for some people to stay sober? Come together to talk about the cycle of substance abuse and how the recovery process works.
Working with adolescents
Providers will hear about the specific skills they may need to work with adolescents in the child welfare system.
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.
Recognizing early warning signs of children's mental health
Anxiety (MH)
Providers will learn the origins, symptoms, behaviors, treatment, interventions, and cultural considerations for foster children who experience anxiety. (Mental health credit)
Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder - ADHD (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)
Depression (MH)
Depression will be discussed in terms of origin, symptoms, behaviors, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (MH)
Obsessive Compulsive disorder will be discussed in terms of origin, symptoms, behaviors, interventions, and cultural considerations. (Mental health credit)
Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma and car seat safety

All November and December 2017 car seat classes are full. We apologize for the inconvenience!

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


Sudden unexpected infant death and abusive head trauma




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