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

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.
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.
Hair and skin - all faces and all races
Learn to take care of hair and skin of children from all backgrounds.
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.

Understanding and building attachment, with DHS
Learn strategies to help children in your care improve their ability to attach.
What prospective foster and adoptive caregivers need to know about FASD
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.
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.

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 Hyperactive 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)
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)
Recognizing early warning signs of children's mental health, with NAMI MN

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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